Needs More Panache
Release Date: August 03, 2007
Starring: Jason Lee, Jim Belushi, Alex
Neuberger, Peter Dinklage,
Patrick Warburton, Amy Adams,
Brad Garrett, and Taylor
Genre: Action Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 80 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista/Walt Disney Company
Director: Frederik Du Chau
Executive Producer: Eric Ellenbogen, Bob Higgins,
and Todd Arnow
Producer: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum,
Jay Polstein, and Jonathan
Writer: Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella,
and Craig A. Williams
Address Comments To:Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
In the story, a beagle tries to be a good bomb-sniffing police dog, but he’s always making mistakes. The beagle wanders off and gets nabbed by Cad, the overgrown henchman of the evil scientist, Simon Barsinister. In the lab, the beagle is splashed accidentally with a special serum developed by Barsinister. The dog escapes outside, where he is found by the building’s security guard, Dan Unger. Naming the dog Shoeshine, Dan takes the dog home for his son, Jack, who’s having trouble in school because he’s still mourning his mother’s death.
At about the same time, Jack and Shoeshine discover that Barsinister’s serum has given Shoeshine super powers, including the ability to talk like humans. Jack encourages Shoeshine to use his super powers to help people. And so, the superhero Underdog is born.
Underdog vows to protect the citizens of Capitol City – “There’s no need to fear; Underdog is here!” – especially a beautiful Spaniel named Polly Purebred. When Barsinister threatens to destroy the city and kidnaps Dan, only Underdog and Jack can save the day.
The script for this live-action version is not great, but it does provide plenty of good, wholesome fun for younger families and young children. In fact, UNDERDOG would be a good movie to introduce younger children to the joys of seeing a movie on the big screen at a nice theater. Fans of the original series, however, may miss some of the comic panache of the original series, which excelled at spoofing comic-book superheroes. The movie’s strong, positive moral messages are slightly diminished when Underdog uses his super powers to steal a woman’s doggy bag as she’s leaving a restaurant.
This live-action version is not great, but it provides plenty of good fun for younger families and young children. In fact, UNDERDOG would be good to introduce younger children to the joys of seeing a movie on the big screen. Fans of the series may miss some of the comic panache of the original series, which excelled at spoofing comic-book superheroes. The movie’s strong, positive moral messages are slightly diminished when Underdog uses his super powers to steal a woman’s doggy bag outside a restaurant.