Underdog (2007)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  3 August 2007 (USA)
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A Beagle must use his newly-bestowed superpowers to defend Capitol City from mad scientist Simon Barsinister.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Underdog (voice)
Dan Unger (as Jim Belushi)
Polly (voice)
Riff Raff (voice)
Timothy Crowe ...
Police Chief
Security Guard
Mario Mariani ...
Police Officer
Alexander 'Alex' Garde ...
Small Boy


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alakynsi  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


£869,375 (UK) (15 February 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Underdog catches on fire upon re-entering the earth's atmosphere, yet his sweater and cape go unscathed. See more »


Dr. Simon Barsinister: [to the German shepherds] Bad dog!
Shoeshine Boy: There are no bad dogs, only bad owners!
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Crazy Credits

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


Edited from Underdog (1964) See more »


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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There's plenty of need to fear, when TV remake hackers are near
18 October 2009 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

They did it again: ripped off an old show's title, then destroyed the nostalgia with boring "re-imagined" stuff. The '60's cartoon was one of the funniest of its time, a good-natured satire of super hero comic books. The character was drawn as 1/2 way between animal and human, the way Mickey Mouse is. Here they use a real beagle; that's about the same as making a Mickey Mouse watch with a real rat.

Most of the clever schtick that made the original show funny is missing from this film. Instead, we get a clumsy ex-police dog who's even dumber than Cad. And some pet owners who add nothing to the story. Cheesy effects (the dog-talking animation is embarrassing). Poor scripting. A stereotyped dwarf playing Simon Bar Sinister. The gravelly noise box guy they hired to voice Underdog is painful. You'd think they'd at least gotten a voice impressionist to approximate Wally Cox's humorously distinctive voice for Underdog. But no. There are, at least, a few affectionate references to the source material (such as the rhyming lines), which lift it to a 4.

Only small children that love dogs may enjoy this. Everybody else should get a DVD of the original cartoon series. Watch this only in desperation.

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