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First photos from "Underdog"

By Karl Schneider     January 31, 2007
Source: ComingSoon


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The first photos from the new live-action version of the classic cartoon Underdog are now online via ComingSoon.

The film's Synopsis:  After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog (voiced by Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread (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 flies into theaters on August 3, 2007 under the direction of Frederik Du Chau.  Voice actors include: Jason Lee (Underdog), Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, John Slattery, Patrick Warburton, Brad Garrett and Amy Adams.


KJ's Take:  Why, oh why did I have to look at those images.  Please, everyone, tell me this looks as stupid as I think it does.  This film's best hope is that the dog somehow channels the cuteness of the baby who starred in Baby's Day Out.  At least then little kids who don't know any better may enjoy it.

Eye's will bleed for any poor parents who get stuck taking their kids.  Parents scream, kids giggle and cry.  I can see it clear as day ...

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theCOLLECTOR 1/31/2007 1:16:27 AM
KJ, the photos are obviously fake. I cannot believe those are 'underdog' pics. Also.....where is the update for HAROLD AND KUMAR 2 ????!?!? What is up with the delays man? Update the site with that new info man....
miko34 1/31/2007 3:34:09 AM
The decision to make Underdog look like that must be by the same people who thought Odie should be a real dog instead of CG in the Garfield movies. Moronic decisions by the people who want to save a buck. We don't want to see cute dogs dressed in an outfit in front of a green screen with their dog lips moving... or are we, the audience, just gonna see an expression and hear their thoughts (that'd be cheaper). Movie execs out there, listen... you can get more money than just from the group of kids with their chaperon. There are adults (kids at heart) out there that want to see these cartoons made into real life... if they are made well... but they have to look like the cartoon.
Dazzler 1/31/2007 6:46:49 AM
If they make this with a serious story, that is no goofballs trying to be funny. It will be camp and might be pretty good. If you want it to look like the old toon, they would have to make a toon movie and not live action. This could work, but doubtfull since Hollywood is bankrupt of ideas.
noblenonsense 1/31/2007 7:24:22 AM
Why didn't they do Mighty Mouse?!?! ...wait...I take it back..
wessmith1966 1/31/2007 7:45:18 AM
This is going to be so bad! Do kids today even know who Underdog is? I'm sure my girl's kids will want to see this, but I have a feeling it'll be like sitting through two hours of nails on a chalkboard. I saw these photos a couple of weeks ago and I don't think they are fake. I have no hope for this film.
godsonfilm 1/31/2007 7:45:41 AM
Do the pictures really reflect any hint of the quality of the film? Or are we just concerned that it is not a cartoon image? Sometimes I wonder if any of you take into consideration that when you translate a cartoon into a real image, the idea of reality has to be considered in order for it to appear "real". Every time they show a translation from cartoon to live, the same responses spew, and it is getting old. I understand opinions have to be stated, but can we start mixing it up a bit with a little more reasoning and information and less "oh, it looks like crap" comments? Maybe, we should stop having so many expectations and just go with the flow because I am sure that more times than not, your opinion of a movie based on a first look image did not reflect your opinion after you saw it...
monkeyfoot 1/31/2007 10:44:25 AM
I agree with you, godsonfilm. You can't tell from these photos how the whole concept will play out in live-action. But I also see that this has less appeal for me and alot of the commentators. At first thought, everyone probably thinks this would have worked better as an all CG film. We're all thinking of the fun we had as kids watching this show and just want to see that amplified to the screen.It doesn't seem to be an idea that would translate well with actual living characters and actors without drastic changes to the premise (note the plot synopsis). But we're not kids anymore, so we aren't the target audience. So unless I see a great trailer or good word-of-mouth this movie won't be for me. Hope kids love it. I only hope they keep the original theme and not have the latest chart topper do a modernized dance version.
ninjavvitch 1/31/2007 10:51:00 AM
Ninjawitch's smackdown on this Underdog in doggie underoos is this... Someone shoot me NOW! *GROAN* Not only is Hollywood bankrupt of ideas they are stoned on shrooms and joints! Seriously I rather watch "Baby's Day Out 2" and "Good Boy 2" together than this mush! No wait! Scratch that! I rather rake my privates across burning coals and watch 24 hours of the internet fad video blog "Hope Is Emo" than watch any of them! Is it going to be dumb and stupid camp like "Baby's Day Out" or kinda halfway presentable like "Good Boy"? Regardless a dog in long johns is going to look creepy. Like Burger King real creepy! Next the dog will do a dance like those dogs in Kibbles N' Bits commercials just to make the audience kids laugh...or puke up! After going over the edge in their own personal world of wondering what crap did Hollywood vs WTF did my parents take me to this movie for?! So tell me this? IS Hollywood is so zoned out that they volunteered to dump money into a life action movie of "Underdog" that they missed out on other, better, ventures to pour their capital into bringing toons to life like Silverhawks, Thundercats or Gargoyles?! Pleeeeease Hollywood ... I'll bogart that joint your smokin'! Next your be bringing the Honey Nut Bee to the big screen or The Smurfs Big Adventure In The City where they rescue Smurfette from a pimp named Gargamel!. *GROAN* Ninjawitch's final say on this is that he is going pass on this one and give it minus /// 'bad crap' slashes with his ninja sword on his review of "Underdog" in 'good idea or bad crap'. Next up! I'll be reviewing the toon to live action movie "Stripperella" starring Pamela Anderson, Carrot Top, Crispin Glover and Jack and Kelly Osbourne with a special guest appearance by Michael Jackson.
lister 1/31/2007 10:56:30 AM
Why are they even doing this as a movie? And who the hell is going to play Shoeshine Boy???
fft5305 1/31/2007 11:00:49 AM
Yeah, what godsonfilm said. I guess I'm in the minority here. Looks like it could be decent. Hey, folks. Don't forget, shoeshine boy was a *dog* too. Do you really want to have a movie where a cartoon upright dog is walking and talking and shining people's shoes? Or does it make more sense *in an adaptation* to have a regular dog that has something amazing happen to him?
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