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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 »
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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Taglines:

One Nation, Under Dog. 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

The dog that they use for barking at the mailman is obviously not the one that is used in (most) of the rest of the movie. If you look closely at the patterning around the face, you'll see that on the barking dog's left cheek, the brown mark doesn't touch the lip, whereas the "main" dog's brown mark does. Also the barking dog has a softer outline. See more »

Quotes

Shoeshine Boy: He says he thinks they should see other people. She says... Wait people eat that too
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited from Ladder 49 (2004) See more »

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Underdog Raps
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 Ali Dee
Performed by Kyle Massey
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a frog – no it's Underdog!
31 December 2007 | by brettchatzSee all my reviews

Starring: James Belushi; Peter Dinklage; Alex Neuberger and Jason Lee Underdog is a true hero's tale. Here is the story of Shoeshine, a regular, playful little beagle. When he is dog napped by a megalomaniac midget hell-bent on destruction, something freaky happens.

Our quirky little neighborhood pooch gains extraordinary powers. He can run as fast a cheetah; fly as fast a superhero and has the power of thunder. He is no longer Shoeshine; he is Underdog – the best crime-fighter in the animal kingdom. The city cannot sleep until Underdog rids it of the evil midget Dr. Simon Barsinister and his cronies.

If you fancy some really light-hearted entertainment with all the clichés of superhero action flicks, then this one is for you. As for quality entertainment, this one is strictly for the juniors. Those of you hoping to enjoy the comedy of the fast-fading star -James Belushi - a word of caution: this is not one of his finer works.


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