ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
One Nation. Under Dog.
There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here! Everyone’s favorite canine superhero is back and about to take to the skies as he’s never been seen before -- hilariously re-imagined in this live-action comedy-adventure inspired by the classic cartoon. UNDERDOG is the story of how a nation found a savior in the least likely of forms: a humble, lovable Beagle who becomes a flying hero who can fight crime while speaking in playful rhyme.
UNDERDOG features a cast of both canine and human talent, including Jim Belushi (“According to Jim”), Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”), Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld”), Peter Dinklage (“Elf,” “The Station Agent”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams (“Junebug.”), along with rising young actors Alex Neuberger and Taylor Momsen (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”). But the real stars of the film are the adorable, well-trained dogs who win the day, including Leo the Lemon Beagle in the role of Shoeshine/Underdog; Ginger, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as Polly Purebred; as well as Bronco the Rottweiler as the villainous Riff Raff.
The story of Underdog’s mysterious origins begins in the wake of an accident in the high-tech lab of the maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Dinklage). Suddenly, an ordinary, down-and-out young Beagle named Shoeshine finds himself with extraordinary powers, not to mention the unexpected ability to turn his bark into real speech. Now, armed with a “fetching” superhero costume, this unlikely caped crusader and humbly self-described Underdog (voiced by Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City – especially one beautiful Spaniel named Polly Purebred (voiced by Amy Adams). When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Warburton), threatens to destroy Capitol City, only Underdog can save the day.
Walt Disney Pictures presents in association with Spyglass Entertainment, UNDERDOG, based on the long-running cartoon series. Director Frederik Du Chau (“Racing Stripes”) brings to life the world of Shoeshine, Polly Purebred, Dr. Simon Barsinister, Riff Raff and Cad with state-of-the-art visual effects that add a new layer to the timeless tale of a pup who comes to believe in family, friendship and himself -- despite being a true underdog.
UNDERDOG is directed by Frederik Du Chau from a screenplay by Adam Rifkin and Joe Piscatella & Craig A. Williams and a story by Piscatella, Williams and Rifkin. The producers are Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jay Polstein and Jonathan Glickman. The executive producers are Eric Ellenbogen, Bob Higgins and Todd Arnow. The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography David Eggby (“Racing Stripes,” “Mad Max”), production designer Gareth Stover (“Daddy Day Care”), Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Gary Jones (“Spiderman 2”), editor Tom Finan (“Racing Stripes,” “Stuart Little”) and Golden Globe nominated composer Randy Edelman (“The Mask”).
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