In the late 1960’s, when millions of kids sat down to watch Saturday morning cartoons they heard the phrase, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” Now, almost forty years later, they can see it again on the big screen in the live action comedy, Underdog. A widowed security man named Dan (James Belushi) finds a beagle on the streets of Capital City and takes him home to his son Jack (Alex Neuberger). Dan and his son were not aware that “Shoeshine” had been the unwilling participant in a lab accident caused by mad scientist Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) and his henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton). When Jack finds out Shoeshine has super powers and can even talk, he helps him become a canine crime fighter with his new secret identity Underdog (voice by Jason Lee). Meanwhile, Simon Barsinister is about to destroy Capital City because of what they did to him. (They didn’t do anything – he maimed himself when one of his stupid lab experiments caught fire.) In the end, Underdog has to figure out if he’s going to save his girlfriend, a sassy spaniel named Polly (voice by Amy Adams) or save Capital City from a bomb. Sadly, this film isn’t very funny. In fact, the dogs are better actors than the humans and the script doesn’t make any sense. The writers did the best they could to make a live action film adaptation of a cartoon. The kids will love it and adults like me will enjoy hearing, “Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a frog!” I left the movie with a big smile on my face so I’m giving it a C rating and I’m also going to finish off the riddle: “It’s not bird, nor plane, nor even frog. It’s just little old me, Underdog.”
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.