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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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Dan Unger (as Jim Belushi)
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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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Alexander 'Alex' Garde ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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

Jim Belushi comes home to the house being trashed and as he walks into the kitchen says "I hope this is chilli". Jim Belushi starred in another can I be friendly film K9 where the dog, jerry Lee, eats chilli for breakfast. See more »

Goofs

When Jack is speaking to his dad near the end of the movie, Underdog is listening from behind a wall. In the previous scene he was wearing his new collar, but when he is behind the wall the collar is missing. The next time we see him, the collar is back. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Shoeshine Boy: Y'know, you never see dogs hurting each other for money.
Jack: You never see people sniffing each other's butts.
Shoeshine Boy: Touché.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Superman Returns (2006) See more »

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Written by Dennis DeYoung (as Dennis De Young)
Performed by Styx
Courtesy of Wooden Nickel Records
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Film Tribute to a Humble Hero
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie. Laughed, and yes, nearly cried. Wonderful to see the existential hero of a great film, "The Station Agent", playing Simon Bar Sinister to the hilt. Good acting. Human actors stood up well against the dog actors, who are known to upstage humans mercilessly. Also, one notable cat actor. Adequately plotted script, with hilarious dialogue. This movie is about a dog--a special dog. As if beagles weren't special enough without genetic enhancement, this beagle (voiced by Jason Lee with absolute sincerity, wit and insouciance) is burdened with super-hero gifts and responsibilities. Jim Belushi is the good dad, playing it straight and steady amidst general mayhem. Also nice examples of sensitive community police-work in this movie.

Probably the most memorable thing for me this viewing (oh yeah, I'm going to see it again!!) is the special puff-of-smoke pattern, true to the original cartoon, that Underdog generates when he accelerates into full flight after hovering in the sky.


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