“Underdog” stars Alex Neuberger, James Belushi, Peter Dinklage, and the voice of Jason Lee. The film is directed by Frederik Du Chau and written by Adam Rifkin and Joe Piscatella. This is a movie that is family friendly and good for the kids.

When a beagle gets fired from the police force for sniffing out ham rather than a bomb, he gets discovered by the mad scientist named Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage). This mean and hateful plans to inject the dog with a elixir. The dog makes for an escape and ends up being drenched in a chemical. This gives him supernatural powers and becomes Underdog, a crime fighting superdog.

It is hard for me to say the reasons for liking this film. Maybe because my expectations were low enough that I was never really disappointed. The story was taken from the 1964 cartoon of the same name. If your a fan of the cartoon, which I don’t know too many actual “fans”, you will probably be disappointed. Mainly because the voice of Jason Lee is nothing like the voice of Wally Cox, who was the voice of the original Underdog cartoon and it is never really funny.

Yeah, it’s cheesy at times, but it’s harmless fun. I am usually entertained by James Belushi movies because they are usually manageable. I know some of the jokes are gimpy and the flatulence humor is stale. There’s just something about it that makes it surprisingly watchable and somewhat enjoyable. It must be that cute little beagle.

The film contains many characters from the original cartoon, which is something that this movie desperately needed to be somewhat successful. A fun and enjoyable family film with some delectable characters, but I just can’t seem to get over some of the crippled jokes. What more do you expect from the writer of “Zoom”? This is your basic family entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less. “Underdog” is a big step up from the horrible and dreadful “Zoom”, so at least it has that under it’s belt.

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