Underdog (2007)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
Disney || PG - 84 minutes - $29.99 || December 18, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-12-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Frederik Du Chau
Writer(s): W. Watts Biggers (TV series); Adam Rifkin and Joe Piscatella & Craig A. Williams (screenplay and story)
Cast: Jason Lee (voice), Peter Dinklage, James Belushi, Patrick Warburton, Amy Adams, Brad Garrett (voice)


Theatrical Release Date: August 3, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sit. Stay. Act: Diary of a Dog Actor
  • Underdog Original Cartoon Episode
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35), Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Underdog is one of those family flicks based on an old cartoon that I just don't have a lot to say about. It's not that it's incredibly horrid or good but forgettable. It simply... is. It's just there.

Underdog is the story of a small dog named Shoeshine (voice of Jason Lee) who is accidentally turned into a super powered dog by mad scientist Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) and his assistant, Cad (Patrick Warburton). The two villains quickly lose the good natured pup and he ends up in the hands of an retired cop (Jim Belushi) and his teenage son (Alex Neuberger). Once the teen discovers Shoeshine can talk and has superpowers, Shoeshine dons a costume and becomes Underdog, costumed canine protector of the city. Underdog has to find a way to stop Barsinister from taking over the city and bring the cop and his kid closer together.

Underdog isn't horrible but it's just fluff. The CGI stuff on the dog characters isn't bad but it's not amazing, the direction is fairly pedestrian, and at times the flick is even boring. The one glowingly positive thing I can say about it is that Peter Dinklage plays the crap out of the villain.

It's not the worst kids' flick Iíve seen but it's not the best either.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Bloopers are about a minute of screw-ups. Lame (even by blooper standards).

Deleted Scenes (while wholly unnecessary) are kind of neat because the director goes out of his way to explain specifically why each one isn't in the flick and why. Kind of informative and cool for what it is.

Sit Stay Act turned out to be a decent featurette. It disguises itself as a short 5 minute making of narrated by Jason Lee as Underdog but since you can have a lot of branching out to longer making of segments, it's much better than expected. Through all the branches, you get something close to 30 minutes worth of making of material and for this movie, that's pretty good.

Underdog Cartoon Episode is a lot of fun. I don't remember ever seeing them as a child too much but really if you've seen Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Dooright, or Fractured Fairy Tales (all of which are made by the same animation studio as Underdog was) than you've seen Underdog. As a fan of those toons growing up this was kind of fun to sit through.

Underdog Raps is audio poison, as most Disney music videos for these DVDs are.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Disney never lets me down here. Sounds great (I mean, unless they're playing some of the horrible "Disney Jams" you hear at various points on the disc) and the picture looks immaculate as well. Reds and Blues in particular seem to pop on the screen here. I thought the print looked a tad dirty during some of the sewer scenes with Barsinister but it's forgivable considering this is not a bigger title.



.::OVERALL::.

Underdog I can really only recommend for those who have small kids or adults who grew up utterly in love with the cartoon. Otherwise, it's not much more than a noisy time killer.