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This digitized update, with Jason Lee as a huskier, more generic Underdog, mostly drops the doggerel, but the endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists.
Made for viewers old enough to appreciate a talking pooch but too young to read or write about it.
If you're expecting anything resembling the beloved cartoon, you'll enjoy the title sequence and nothing else. If, however, you set your expectations just low enough, or are an easily satisfied 8-year-old, you might have a bit of fun.
The Hollywood Reporter
The movie isn't nearly as bad as you would expect when the studio holds its only press screening the night before a national opening.
Regardless, what probably made the show so tolerable and popular was the fact that each episode was under a half an hour long. This movie is about 84 minutes long and gets tiresome after the first 20 minutes or so.
Despite the talent on show, there's little to distinguish this from any other bland family comedy.
The elements of the film don't quite mesh: The villains are cartoony, but Du Chau aims for soggy family drama in his father-son story.
Underdog! Rest assured, there is no superhero cliche left unchewed; they even manage to slide in a "Lady and the Tramp" homage while they're at it.
The bite and bark of Underdog are both pretty awful, but little kids might take this pooch for a walk.
For adults -- even adults with fond memories of the TV series -- this is one bizarre mess.

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