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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 »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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There's no need to fear. Underdog is here. See more »


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

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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Goofs

Early in the movie, when the mailman is taunting Shoeshine, he is seen driving an older style jeep DJ5. All post offices now use a Grumman LLV which was put into service in 1987. 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 »


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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It's just entertainment - NOT ART!
3 August 2007 | by mari490See all my reviews

I liked Underdog and so did my 7 and 9 year-olds. Of course it's not high art...but one of my favorite things about this flick was that there weren't any flatulence jokes. To me, this fact is worth at least 2.5 stars alone!

I loved Jason Lee's voice characterization of Underdog (unfortunately named 'Shoeshine' by his adopted family) and the villains were hilarious and outstanding. Of course, we have to live with plot implausibilities, a few tired clichés here and there, (in fact, poor Jim Belushi's entire character is a cliché!) ridiculous CGI 'live animals talking' special effects but so what? These are expected qualities of nearly all modern 'family' films.

I thought the Superman plot line was fun with the little Lois Lane cocker spaniel (why can't she recognize Underdog in the daytime? He's just minus his cape!). Our packed theater was laughing throughout this movie. And they broke out into applause at the end! 'Underdog' doesn't take itself seriously at all. It is what it is, and it is not going to win any Oscars, and it doesn't care. It's just fun.


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