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Underdog (2007)

A Beagle must use his newly-bestowed superpowers to defend Capitol City from mad scientist Simon Barsinister.

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Underdog (voice)
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Cad
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Mayor
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Polly (voice)
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Riff Raff (voice)
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Timothy Crowe ...
Police Chief
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Security Guard
Mario Mariani ...
Police Officer
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Cop
Alexander 'Alex' Garde ...
Small Boy
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Storyline

A bomb-sniffing beagle is fired from the mayor's office for a faux pas. That night a mad scientist dognaps him and injects him with an elixir. The dog escapes, but now has superpowers. He's adopted by a security guard - an ex-cop, who's a widower with a moody teen son, Jack. The boy discovers that the dog, named Shoeshine by dad, has super powers, but it's their little secret. While Underdog saves people in distress, the mad scientist and his underling continue their plot to catch him and take over the city. There's also a girl Jack likes who has a dog that Shoeshine takes a shine to. Will every dog have his day? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for rude humor, mild language and action | See all certifications »

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3 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,585,121 (USA) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$43,751,706 (USA) (7 December 2007)
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Trivia

References to the original cartoon series include:
  • Secret identity as "humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy"


  • love interest "Sweet Polly Purebred"


  • speaking in rhyme


  • causing significant property damage during rescues


  • pill as source of super powers


  • changing into costume in exploding phone booth


  • explaining to crowd that he is "not plane, nor bird, nor even frog, just little old me: Underdog".


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Goofs

The original sweater that Jack gives Underdog is knit with a stitched in "U". When Polly calls Underdog, we can see that his sweater is no longer knit, and the "U" has an orange outline and is not stitched to the sweater. See more »

Quotes

Shoeshine Boy: Destiny's a fumny thing. It'll creep up on you when you least expect it.
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Crazy Credits

Snapshots of the cast and crew's dogs were shown as well as some "Bloopers" See more »

Connections

Features The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

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Underdog Raps
Written by W. Watts Biggers, Treadwell Covington (as Treadwell D. Covington),
Joseph Harris (as Joseph B. Harris), Chester Stover (as Chester A. Stover)
Produced by Ali Dee
Performed by Kyle Massey
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Underdog is honest, silly fun.
4 August 2007 | by (McKinney, TX) – See all my reviews

Occasionally, a film's trailer gives viewers a realistic preview. Such was the case with "Underdog". Here is a film with humor offered without the condescension and knowing winks delivered by Dreamworks Animation and its ilk. The story is a typical zap-the-hero setup and does not pretend to be otherwise.

The actors (human and animal alike) deliver professional performances. Peter Dinklage is delicious as the requisite mad scientist. James Belushi is surprisingly effective and believable as the dad. Unfortunately, Patrick Warburton has descended from acceptably quirky into shtick. Newcomer Alex Neuberger (in his second feature) gives his part a nice emotional balance and doesn't overplay his sidekick work.

The animal animation is nicely handled and devoid of gimmickry. This part of the movie industry deserves praise for continued development and polish.

Summers have blockbusters created by and viewed by blocks; Underdog reminds audiences that a simple, fun flick can be far more entertaining.


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