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Underdog (2007)

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

Director:

Frederik Du Chau

Writers:

Adam Rifkin (screenplay), Joe Piscatella (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lee ... Underdog (voice)
Peter Dinklage ... Dr. Simon Barsinister
Jim Belushi ... Dan Unger
Patrick Warburton ... Cad
Alex Neuberger ... Jack
Taylor Momsen ... Molly
John Slattery ... Mayor
Amy Adams ... Polly (voice)
Brad Garrett ... Riff Raff (voice)
Samantha Bee ... Principal
Timothy Crowe Timothy Crowe ... Police Chief
Larry Vigus ... Security Guard
Mario Mariani Mario Mariani ... Police Officer
Bates Wilder ... Cop
Alexander 'Alex' Garde 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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Saving the World, One Paw at a Time! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Supercan See more »

Filming Locations:

Providence, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,585,121, 5 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,751,706, 9 December 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Patrick Warburton and Jess Harnell later stared in Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) 7 years later. 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

Shoeshine Boy: When I'm bored, I just chase my tail. If you're lucky, you throw up, and BINGO, lunch part two!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Blockbuster Buster: Underdog (2013) See more »

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Lady
Written by Dennis DeYoung (as Dennis De Young)
Performed by Styx
Courtesy of Wooden Nickel Records
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Underdog is honest, silly fun.
4 August 2007 | by dishmanlSee 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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