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Updated on April 3, 2013

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

"There's no need to fear....Underdog is here! While it's true I do not bite, but you should see my bark as it is quite a site. Bark!", as quoted from Underdog in Disney's newest animated cartoon gone live action movie. "Underdog" does pack quite a bark, from the hype, courtesy of Disney. However, in terms of substance, it lacks bite. Based off the animated cartoon show of the late 70's and early 80's, "Underdog" tells the story of a reject K-9 beagel dog, Shoeshine, on the police that runs away after his latest mistake on the force. As luck would have it though, he gets picked up by one mad scientist, Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), and his cohort, Cad (Patrick Warburton). Through an accidental experiment, in Simon's lab, Shoeshine becomes endowed with all sorts of phenominal powers, that he becomes the famous K-9 crime fighter, Underdog. Unfortunately, Simon tries to steal his powers to take over the world while holding his family hostage, so it is up to Underdog to save the day. I'll admit though, "Underdog" while on the surface seems to have its moments, all the way up until Shoeshine dons his Underdog outfit. Unfortunately, after that point, it becomes clear that Underdog shows his one fatal flaw that perhaps even his own creators knew, that Disney chose to ignore in favor capitalistism. Underdog, is best left in small doses, and is not a strong enough character to carry a show on his own. I mean, think about it. Why else would they put other cartoons along side it like General McBragg and others with him between two ten min episodes. Could you imagine watching a thirty minute show with a dog speaking in rhymes all the time? Of course if you're a kid, you will obviously as shows like "Sesame Street" and such will have even more rhymes that would put this film to shame. Unfortunately, if you're an adult, you probably won't care for this film as much. To make matters worse though, it seems that Disney thought it was cute to use every single super hero and dog cliche in the book for this movie. Which by the end like Underdog's rhymes, tend to get rather annoying. Don't get me wrong, the film is tolerable, for the most part, but I would still recommend stronger family films, from this summer, like "The Simpsons" and "Ratatouille" than this film.


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