Poor Underdog, ending up Disney’s bitch and working for the folks who snuffed Old Yeller. The pill-popping canine crime fighter from the 1960s Total TeleVision cartoon comes to the big screen as a realistically (I guess that’s what you’d call it) computer-animated beagle who talks in Jason Lee’s pleasantly scruffy Earlspeak. Only now he’s the agent of bonding between a widowed ex-cop (Oliver Stone — oops, James Belushi) and his sullen son (Alex Neuberger), whose coming together forms the movie’s emotional arc. It was probably a good idea not to traumatize kids with the static, violent weirdness of the old TV show, but director Frederik Du Chau and his three screenwriters haven’t replaced it with anything more memorable. Even the promising team of Peter Dinklage’s mad scientist Simon Barsinister and Patrick Warburton’s henchman Cad turns out to be a bust. But Underdog does get an upgrade for the show’s Sweet Polly Purebred, here a literal horndog (voiced by Amy Adams) who dreams of going “off leash” with the hero: “There isn’t a hose cold enough to break that up.” The running time is 84 minutes. To answer your question: Yes, there are “outtakes.”



  • Frederik Du Chau


  • Jason Lee
  • Peter Dinklage
  • James Belushi
  • Patrick Warburton
  • Alex Neuberger
  • Taylor Momsen
  • Amy Adams
  • John Slattery
  • Samantha Bee
  • Larry Vigus


  • Adam Rifkin
  • Joe Piscatella
  • Craig A Williams


  • Gary Barber
  • Roger Birnbaum
  • Jonathan Glickman
  • Jay Polstein

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