Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Amy Adams, Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, James Belushi
Director: Frederik Du Chau
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 08/15/2008 Run time: 82 minutes Rating: Pg
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/24/2013...
I have only the vaguest memories of the old cartoon show "Underdog" is based on, so I can't say how faithful the movie is to the source material (if I had to take a wild guess, tho, I'd say "not very"). I watched this movie with my five year old and it was fast moving enough that he didn't get bored, and action packed in a cartoony sort of way (lots of stuff gets blown up, smashed or broken). Thankfully it even had a few good jokes aimed at the grown ups. The best one of those: Underdog is testing out his new-found super powers at the dog park. His master sez to him "Let's test your hearing. What are those people saying WAY over there?" and points to a couple arguing on a picnic blanket on the other side of the park. Underdog homes in on 'em and goes, "Hmmm... he sez they should see other people, SHE says he should eat... wow, humans eat that too?" Hahaha. Jason Lee (of "My Name Is Earl" fame) provides Underdog's voice and it benefits from his dry, sarcastic delivery.
I would say it's a good flick for kids 10 and under, and relatively painless for their parents.
Ruth S. from PLANTSVILLE, CT
Reviewed on 6/5/2011...
a great movie for the whole family. I enjoyed it with my grandson. it is definitely kid oriented and for those young at heart.
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RON B. from SALT LAKE CTY, UT
Reviewed on 4/17/2011...
A Really Fun - all of the way through Movies.....One of the Very Best !
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 3/26/2010...
Being a fan of super hero movies, and of the old cartoon, I went into this movie without much expectations as they could have gone a number of ways with it ... would it be silly, or would it be bloody?
Turns out that they really tried to stay close to the series, which really warms the heart, it is a very cute story. I reminisced about "K-9" having James Belushi, and there were plenty of other nice "throwback" moments of the series.
I was really pleased with this film, finally a new superhero movie that I can watch with my son and not worry about the content.
Well done -> movie Recommended.
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Furry Family Fun
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 11/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. The rest of the story centers around Barsinister trying to capture Underdog to use his powers to take over the city and, eventually, the world. Along the way Shoeshine/Underdog falls for Polly, his new family gets closer, and he struggles with a catchphrase.
Sure, the story is simplistic and entirely unbelievable, but this is still a very good film to take your children to. I don't recall any harsh language but there is a little bit of violence and some puppy peril. At one point a particular pup gets into a deadly situation that might scare very young children. Just know that all turns out well in the end and I promise that your kids will be smiling before the movie is over.
This isn't a great film, but it is a very good family flick. The cast do an excellent job with what they have to work with and the special effects are of a similar (but slightly better) grade as those in other recent live-action flicks that involve CGI characters. I'm especially fond of Underdog's take-offs when he heads to the air.
Fans of the original series will probably cry foul over what has happened to their beloved Underdog. They do have a legitimate gripe but this film wasn't made to recall a ton of memories. It was made to draw in a modern crowd of youngsters and their families (some of which may not have even heard of the original show). The bottomline is this: It's a good family show that is enjoyable for both kids and their parents. Haggle over the changes if you must, but in the end, Disney has a winner with "Underdog."
D. Krueger | Charlotte, NC United States | 11/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
UNDERDOG is back!
Game Ace | 12/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!"