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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.

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

"Bar Sinister" is a heraldic term - a bar slanting to the left on a coat of arms signifying "bastard". 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

Cad: [after Shoeshine Boy sneezes on Simon Barsinister's face] Oh, gross! Your mouth was open.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Underdog Rocks
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 Jonathan Karkazis
Performed by Plain White T's
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Terrible family movie
29 June 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I feel I should mention that I have never seen an episode of the animated "Underdog" TV show, though I did have an Underdog comic and board game while growing up. Anyway, after seeing this live action adaptation, I have no desire to see the animated show, which should tell you how bad this movie is. It is terribly scripted, for one thing. Take James Belushi's character, for instance. He's supposed to be an ex-cop having problems raising his son, but the movie hardly does anything to explore or exploit these facts. In fact, I don't think he needs to be in the movie at all! The other characters in the movie are equally weakly written, coming across as stock characters at best. But the biggest problem is with depicting the title character. Maybe in hand-drawn animation, the idea of a dog superhero could work. But seeing a live action dog zooming through the skies just looks stupid and downright weird. It's possible kids under 5 years old might enjoy this movie - especially if they haven't seen that many better movies - but anyone older will feel their intelligence is being insulted.


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