MPAA Rating: PG, for rude humor, mild language and action
Age range: Ages 4 and up
Runtime: Approx. 82 minutes
Starring: Jason Lee, Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Warburton, Brad Garrett, Amy Adams, Alex Neuberger and Taylor Momsen
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Frederik Du Chau
Release Date: August 3, 2007
Underdog - Movie Trailer
Underdog - Official Synopsis
There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here! Everyone’s favorite canine superhero is back and about to take to the skies as he’s never been seen before in this live-action comedy-adventure inspired by the classic cartoon. Underdog is the story of how a nation found a savior in the least likely of forms: a humble, lovable Beagle who becomes a flying hero who can fight crime while speaking in playful rhyme.
The story of Underdog’s mysterious origins begins in the wake of an accident in the high-tech lab of the maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage). Suddenly, an ordinary, down-and-out young Beagle named Shoeshine finds himself with extraordinary powers, not to mention the unexpected ability to turn his bark into real speech. Now, armed with a “fetching” superhero costume, this unlikely caped crusader and humbly self-described Underdog (voiced by Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City – especially one beautiful Spaniel named Polly Purebred (voiced by Amy Adams). When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton), threatens to destroy Capitol City, only Underdog can save the day.
Underdog - Fun Facts for Kids
The original Underdog cartoon series actually began in 1960, when Buck Biggers, an account executive at a New York ad agency, teamed up with a couple of colleagues and illustrator Joe Harris to create cartoons as a means to help General Mills sell breakfast cereals. The team created several characters, but Underdog became the most famous.
The series debuted on NBC in October of 1964 and ran for almost a decade, airing over 120 episodes through 1973. Kids today may not remember the original Underdog, but for kids in those days, he was a Saturday morning cartoon icon.