Monday, 30 May 2016

Underdog Review


Release Date: 20th September 2007 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Have No Fear Productions
Maverick Film Company
Classic Media
Spyglass Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 82 minutes

Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $65,270,477

Plot Summary
After an accident in the
mysterious lab of maniacal 
scientist Dr. Simon Bar-
sinister, an ordinary beagle 
unexpectedly finds himself 
with unimaginable powers 
and the ability to speak.

Jason Lee - Underdog (Voice)
Peter Dinklage - Dr. Simon Barsinister
James Belushi - Dan Unger
Patrick Warburton - Cad
Alex Neuberger - Jack
Taylor Momsen - Molly
John Slattery - Mayor
Amy Adams - Polly (Voice)
Brad Garrett - Riff Raff (Voice)
John DiMaggio - Bulldog/Supershep (Voice)
Phil Morris - Supershep (Voice)
Cam Clarke - Supershep/Little Brown Dog (Voice)
Michael Massese - Supershep (Voice)
Jay Leno - Himself (Cameo)

Director - Frederik De Chau
Based on Television Series - W. Watts Biggers
Story/Screenplay - Adam
Rifkin, Joe Piscatella and Craig A. Williams
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Todd Arnow
Executive Producers - Eric
Ellenbogen and Bob Higgins
Producers - Gary Barber, Roger Birbaum, Jonathan Glickman and Jay Polstein
Co-Producers - Rebekah Rudd and Erin Stam
Production Designer - Garreth Stover
Dog Trainers - Tracy Kelly and Shawn Weber
Director of Photography - David Eggby
Visual Effects Supervisors -
Mark Dornfeld and Hoyt Yeatman
Computer Graphics Supervisor - Michael Mulholland
Animation Supervisor - Kevin Spruce
Film Editor - Tom Finan
Music - Randy Edelman

Some of you may be too young to remember the old cartoon series UNDERDOG which hardcore purist fans may have grown up with in the sixties. I have however only experienced the film iteration of UNDERDOG when it was released by Disney in 2007. This was before in 2012 when DreamWorks actually bought the ownership to the original 60s TV show which was originally owned by Classic Media. The show no longer runs but perhaps DreamWorks now that they own the rights to the program, they may reinvent the character in a movie which hopefully is better than this one. It became unnoticeable at the box office, possibly due to competition with a few other film adaptations. Most likely, the feature is criticised for having recycled material and barely resembling the classic cartoon at all. It's no wonder the director Frederik De Chau has stripped all privileges to what made the original very nostalgic. Here's what Disney should do is not turn UNDERDOG into a live-action feature as to not get too involved in competing with ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS or Michael Bay's non-kiddie action hunk of TRANSFORMERS (click here).

The humour is flat and cheesy which could have been handled better with the exception of a few giggles. Jason Lee's voice of Underdog is tolerable, though he is trying to be witty to be that power-pampered pooch we all know and love. I believe Jason is better to be in ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS as this role is beyond his talents. Peter Dinklage is surprisingly casted as the evil mad scientist considering his short stature. Peter always proves himself to be a worthy, talented actor in spite of a poorly written script.

Unfortunately, I would say that as I was watching this movie the whole time, I was waiting for it to finish as it lacked certain qualities like a intriguing and interesting plot which is typical, dull and predictable. This would probably be only something that I would watch once and I suggest you would direct your attention to something more engaging than this.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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