August 3rd, 2007



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A lab accident gives a hound named Shoeshine some serious superpowers -- a secret that the dog eventually shares with the young boy who becomes his owner and friend.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 4.6/10 (8,440 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Frederik Du Chau

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Jason Lee, Amy Adams

A bomb-sniffing beagle is fired from the mayor's office for a faux pas. That night a mad scientist dognaps him and injects him with an elixir. The dog escapes, but now has superpowers. He's adopted by a security guard - an ex-cop, who's a widower with a moody teen son, Jack. The boy discovers that the dog, named Shoeshine by dad, has super powers, but it's their little secret. While Underdog saves people in distress, the mad scientist and his underling continue their plot to catch him and take over the city. There's also a girl Jack likes who has a dog that Shoeshine takes a shine to. Will every dog have his day?

Writers: Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella

Jason Lee - Underdog (voice)
Peter Dinklage - Dr. Simon Barsinister
James Belushi - Dan Unger (as Jim Belushi)
Patrick Warburton - Cad
Alex Neuberger - Jack
Taylor Momsen - Molly
John Slattery - Mayor
Amy Adams - Polly (voice)
Brad Garrett - Riff Raff (voice)
Samantha Bee - Principal
Timothy Crowe - Police Chief
Larry Vigus - Security Guard
Mario Mariani - Police Officer
Bates Wilder - Cop
Alexander 'Alex' Garde - Small Boy

Taglines: There's no need to fear. Underdog is here.


Official Website: Disney [United States] | Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment [Japan] |

Release Date: 3 August 2007

Filming Locations: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Opening Weekend: $11,585,121 (USA) (5 August 2007) (3013 Screens)

Gross: $43,751,706 (USA) (9 December 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

"Bar Sinister" is a heraldic term - a bar slanting to the left on a coat of arms signifying "bastard".

Anachronisms: Early in the movie, when the mailman is taunting Shoeshine, he is seen driving an older style jeep DJ5. All post offices now use a Grumman LLV which was put into service in 1987.

Shoeshine Boy: There's no need for fright. Underdog can bite.

User Review

The Things We Do For Love

Rating: 3/10

When I first became a father about 5.5 years ago, I was prepared for many of the sacrifices I'd have to make. I knew I'd have to change diapers and take them to swimming lessons and attend many a freezing Santa Claus parade, but I wasn't ready for the kind of sacrifice I made last night. This, in my humble opinion, is cruel and unusual punishment.

Underdog is bad. It's not quite Karate Dog bad, but it makes The Shaggy Dog feel like Pulp Fiction. If Underdog were a television show, I'd recommend flipping on by. Not even the presence of Puddy and the voice of Banky Edwards can save it. Bow. Wow.

It was also just about the best 80 minutes I've ever enjoyed. James was seated to the right of me and Michelle to the left, and I spent more time watching their reaction to this talking, flying mutt than watching the screen. At 5 and 3 years old, they were the target audience, and this movie nailed the target. There's a scene where Underdog belches loudly in another dogs face and Michelle thought it was the funniest scene ever captured on film. When Underdog was flying into outer space, James was literally at the edge of his seat, mesmerized. The kids absolutely loved Underdog, and that's why I was there. That's what last night was all about.

Unless you're accompanying someone under the age of ten, you have no business wasting a second of your life watching this brutal film. But if you are looking to kill 80 minutes with your four year old, I won't judge. I had a blast.


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