Owen Gleiberman
August 08, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Underdog

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
81 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/03/07
performer
Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage
director
Frederik Du Chau
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Joe Piscatella, Adam Rifkin, Craig A. Williams
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it a B-

The TV-cartoon superpooch, voiced by Wally Cox, was a canine nerd who lisped out his lines in rhymed couplets. This digitized update, with Jason Lee as a huskier, more generic Underdog, mostly drops the doggerel, but the endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists. Maybe that’s because Lee himself seems stunned to be flying. Amy Adams is Polly Purebred, now a very lady-like Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and Peter Dinklage, as Simon Barsinister, does mad-scientist camp with glee.

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