Underdog

Underdog

Frederik Du Chau (2007)

78min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Loosely based on the 1960s US cartoon of the same name, this innocuous live-action Disney movie stars a cute beagle pup (voiced by Jason Lee) who becomes a reluctant crime-fighter after a laboratory explosion gives him super powers. Going heavy on the CGI, it sets up some cartoonish thrills as Underdog talks, flies and flexes his super-muscles in pursuit of evil scientist Peter Dinklage. While the canny canine dominates the proceedings, the human cast includes insipid Alex Neuberger, who blends into the scenery as Underdog's adolescent master, and James Belushi, who sleepwalks through an un-taxing role as the unbelieving father. Five-year-olds will doubtless appreciate the silliness as Underdog tries out a variety of home-made superhero costumes, chases "cat" burglars and creates bad rhyming couplets; long-suffering adults may wish someone had kept this talking-dog movie on a tighter leash.

Summary

A mad scientist kidnaps a beagle to use as a guinea pig in his deranged experiments. But an accidental injection leaves the mutt with awe-inspiring superpowers, which he uses to foil the deranged inventor's plans to take over a city. Comedy adventure, starring Peter Dinklage and James Belushi, and featuring the voices of Jason Lee and Amy Adams.

Cast & Crew

Underdog Jason Lee
Dr Simon Barsinister Peter Dinklage
Dan Unger James Belushi
Cad Patrick Warburton
Jack Alex Neuberger
Molly Taylor Momsen
Polly Amy Adams
Riff Raff Brad Garrett
Director Frederik Du Chau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama