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Underdog (2007)

Amy Adams , Jason Lee , Frederik Du Chau  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Adams, Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, James Belushi
  • Directors: Frederik Du Chau
  • Format: Digital Sound, Widescreen, Full Screen, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Underdog" on IMDb

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What happens when mad scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) and a former police beagle Shoeshine (voiced by Jason Lee) are involved in a fiery lab accident? A dog with superpowers is born (soon to be dubbed Underdog) and Dr. Barsinister becomes a man obsessed with revenge and bent on genetically modifying the entire population of Capital City. An unwitting former policeman Dan (James Belushi) and his son Jack (Alex Neuberger) adopt Shoeshine in hopes of improving their strained relationship and what follows is a typical scene of home destruction by a young dog multiplied exponentially by the incredible strength, speed, and newly developed language skills of one super dog. While Jack and Shoeshine struggle with the conflict between Shoeshine's desire to be a regular dog and Jack's insistence that he use his newfound powers to help people, mayhem reigns in Capital City as Barsinister and his henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton--Emperor's New Groove) wreak havoc on the entire city and Jack's dad, schoolmate Molly (Taylor Momsen), and her dog Polly (voiced by Amy Adams--Enchanted) are all unwittingly dragged into the conflict. Underdog dedicates himself to good, quickly becoming revered as a superhero, but ultimately it will take the combined efforts and understanding of Underdog, Jack, Dan, Molly, and Polly to defeat Barsinister and save Capital City from destruction. Based on the original animated Underdog television series, this live action film is entertaining, if not great. Bonus features include deleted scenes with director introductions, bloopers, a 5-minute glimpse of the logistics of shooting animals and blending live action with animation, and the first Underdog cartoon "Safe Waif." (Ages 3 to 12) --Tami Horiuchi

NOTE: This DVD offers both full screen and wide screen formats, but defaults to full screen with the wide screen option accessible only through the audio option menu.

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To save the day, here comes Underdog, a 1970s Saturday morning cartoon transformed to glorious, semi-CGI animated life; it's a talking animal live-action film--… la BABE--with wisecracks aplenty. Voiced by Jason Lee, Underdog is the joke of the K-9 police force after his weakness for ham disrupts a public ceremony. Dejectedly, he lets himself get abducted for an animal experiment by a mad scientist, Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage). He escapes, doused in experimental chemicals, to become a dog with 80 times his normal strength. Jim Belushi embodies the sad-sack security guard at the laboratory who finds Underdog and takes him home as a playmate for his alienated tweener son (Alex Neuberger). The fact that chaos follows will come as no surprise, but what may is the genial tone the film maintains throughout. UNDERDOG blends its CGI animation and live action with finesse, and with per...

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Furry Family Fun November 22, 2007
When I first heard that Disney was going to be putting out a live action version of "Underdog," I cringed at the thought. How could one make a live action film based on a cartoon who's key character was A) a dog, B) interacted freely with humans and other animals and C) was definitely a product of its times? Sure, the "Scooby-Doo" films have been out for awhile, but Scooby (and his cousins) were the only animals that interacted with anyone and their update was a fair success. Although Disney's answer wasn't 100% perfect, it was definitely a good response.

What the writers did was simplify the original tale somewhat. Instead of having Underdog interact with humans by being a shoeshine boy, he became an out-of-luck former police dog who's picked up by the caring-but-tense family of James Belushi and Alex Neuberger. They name him "Shoeshine." They also made the rest of the animals, namely Polly and Riff-Raff, only interact with Underdog and not the humans. Lastly, they firmly planted this film in 2007 by updating the lingo, the music, and the science that created Underdog.

Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) and Cad (Patrick Warburton) are along for the ride and just like in the old TV show, they are Underdog's primary adversaries. Jason Lee provides the voice of the super pup, and gives him a refreshing update that I'm sure will tick off fans of the original cartoon.

The story, as mentioned earlier, is based around a not-so-hot police dog who's literally laughed off of the force by his comrades. He's picked up by Barsinister and Cad and becomes Underdog through a lab accident. He escapes from Barsinister and is picked up by another has-been cop, James Belushi. He's taken in by Belushi and his son and begins to form a strong bond with the boy.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Canine Rapper, Underdog, LIVE-ACTION! April 10, 2008
Back in the sixties, that long-ago age,
An animated super-mutt was truly the rage!
Voiced by Wally Cox, the lovable geek,
The dog always rhymed, whenever he'd speak.

Underdog was the Mighty Mouse of his time,
Saving the city and always in rhyme!
And while some may feel a 'live' update is trivial,
I find this new movie entirely convivial!

Frederik Du Chau directs with a wink,
And the result isn't as silly as many might think!
Jason Lee's voice, while not as nerdy as Cox's,
Is warm and beagle-friendly, whenever he talks!

The animals, not humans, are the stars of this flick,
Although Peter Dinklage's Barsinister is a real kick!
At 4'5", he's teamed with 6'3" Patrick Warburton,
And they steal every scene until the final curtain!

I loved the references to "Superman, the Movie",
And as a sixties kid, I found everything groovy!
Of course, since it's Disney, it carries his stamp,
With a romantic send-up of "Lady and the Tramp".

So Mom and Dad, make your little ones happy,
Buy this doggy gem, and make it snappy!
It's family-friendly, so there's no need to fear,
They'll thank you and exclaim, "Underdog is HERE!"
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful November 8, 2007
My 6 year-old loved this movie, and frankly, so did I. It is a straight forward, good-clean-fun movie. When I walk through the local movie rental chain, I am disappointed at the gore and darkness that people consider entertainment. If you want something lighthearted and enjoyable for the whole family, you can't go wrong with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERDOG is back! December 18, 2007
At least for me he's back. As a kid growing up in the sixties I loved watching the "UNDERDOG SHOW"! Underdog was not the most graceful superhero (blowing up telephone booths, accidentally crashing through walls and destroying buildings left and right),but he was a true hero through and through. His catch theme "there's no need to fear underdog is here" very popular back then(Underdog always talkled in rhyme). and he was loved by many(myself included). I also always loved the Underdog theme which included the lyrics"a cry goes out from far and near for Underdog"! So when I first learned that Disney is making a live action version of the show I decided to hold judgement until I saw it. Past movies made from books or tv shows didn't fair to well (A Wrinkle in Time could have done much better if it was truer to the book). But, the preview of the movie looked promising. So I decided to just buy the movie rather than renting. I was not disappointed! The movie was great! It was very true to the original tv series(of coures some changes had to be made), but none-the-less it was a great movie. Fun for all ages 6 to 106! Those who choose to talk down the movie are just to rigid! I should know, I grew-up watching Underdog back in the sixties. True everyone has their own taste, but, I can't imagine anyone who loved Underdog not liking this movie, it's just good clean fun!!!(Maybe that's why some people don't like it, no bad language, no sex, no adult themes and no real violence.)Oh well you can't please everybody. But, you can please a lot of kids, parents and fans!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars He's like Superman only with a flea collar January 13, 2008
He's a forlorn beagle, a failed police dog when he's caught up by Cad (Patrick Warburton). He thinks he's gone to the pound, but it's worse. Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) is a certified Evil Genius and he's going to be experimenting on the dogs to create genetic mutations.

Being the new dog on the block, the beagle is set to get tonight's shot. He panics and ends up with more than he'd bargained for.

He manages to escape the lab and is taken in by Dan Unger, (James Belushi) an ex-cop who's dealing with the loss of his wife and the alienation of his son Jack (Alex Neuberger).

Jack isn't interested at first, but then the dog starts to talk. From there, the pair bond and build a relationship based on helping others.

"Underdog" is a cute film and while I could say it's for 'kids of all ages', it's a very young film. The special effects were entertaining--how did they make the beagle look so much like he's talking? And it's always good to see James Belushi.

Probably my favorite part of the film was the first "Underdog" cartoon. They may imitate, but they will never duplicate the real Underdog!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars cute for the kids
the original cartoon still is 100x better, safe family movie, it has a happy ending but i was a little disapointed in the over all movie, story line just wasn't all that great.
Published 25 days ago by Ronafish79
4.0 out of 5 stars Undredog
The grandkids as well as us enjoyed this family film. We laughed as well were entertained by the loveable dog!
Published 25 days ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Kids loved it. Watched Underdog series as kid. Ine if my favorite shows. Also enjoyed it. They would like to watch again.
Published 1 month ago by Ellen M. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
My kids (9, 5, 3) all enjoyed the movie. They were still reciting words from the movie days later. A bit intense at a few times for the youngest but it was a cute movie.
Published 2 months ago by Aaron Striegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it a bird?
The voice of Jason Lee sets the tone for this entirely plausible urban adventure. (I BELIEVE in Underdog.) Beautiful art direction, photography, and intelligent direction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Abi Sheldon Lampert
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
The movie is good, my grandson loves it....he watches it a a kids movie but adults will like it too......
Published 3 months ago by Dary J. Bracero
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids liked it!
Action packed and laughs all around. Doesn't try too hard to be serious. Watch with your kids and you will be a hero.
Published 3 months ago by Franklin Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for family movie night!
Great movie for the kids. Perfect for a family movie night. My 6 yr loves this movie. Funny clean and perfect from the other movies that are out there.
Published 5 months ago by Anthony j Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars This is yes.
This movie is not shown in Japan.
Therefore the Blu-ray is not released.
Because this movie was my favorite, it was good to be able to buy it in the
Published 6 months ago by Toshihide Kato
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Funny Story
I love this movie. I have watched it many times with my granddaughter. In fact I think it is my all time favorite for a funny movie which children as well as adults can enjoy.
Published 7 months ago by Dawn
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