Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: Underdog

(I was going to try not to use any reruns in this series and Forgotten Books this year, but you know how that goes. Road to hell, good intentions, etc., etc. I made it for more than a month, though! This post originally appeared in slightly different form on January 11, 2008.)

Okay, you may not believe me on this, but UNDERDOG is a pretty good little film. Sure, it’s a kid’s movie, and it’s based on a cartoon series that was remarkably primitive even for its time (and not in a charmingly minimalist sort of way, either). But in this live-action version, the dogs are cute, the script is funny, and so are Peter Dinklage and Patrick Warburton (two of my favorite actors) in over-the-top performances as the villains of the piece. There are lots worse ways to spend an hour and a half.


Tom Johnson said...

Yeah, we bought the DVD. A fun movie, not matter what your age.

Scott D. Parker said...

Ha! I really enjoyed this film. Underdog, voiced by Jason Lee, has just the right amount of snark. The scene where the boy learns that Underdog can speak is a favorite. (Side note: among my fav scenes in talking animal movies is when the human learns the animals can speak. Ditto for Alvin and the Chipmunks.) Peter Dinklage and Patrick Warburton do steal the show, especially Warburton as Cad. And, in case you missed it, the female lead = Cindy Lou Who from the live action Grinch movie. Yes, fun film and one I've seen many times with the family.