June 22, 2008

They CGI-ed out Underdog’s penis! I even paused it – they just totally erased the dog’s wiener in any scene in which he is flying upright. I understand how a floppy dog dick might be distracting to young children – but it’s still a little fucked up, isn’t it? It’s so ironic – don’t superheroes usually have bigger bulges than their secret identity?

Jason Lee is the voice of Underdog. He sure has been doing a lot of kid flicks the last few years – Underdog, The Incredibles, Monster House and of course we can’t forget about that recent monstrosity – Alvin and The Chipmunks. I’ll bet you expect me to say that he’s lost his edge now that he’s a parent, but who am I to talk? I’m the one reviewing kiddie films – I used to review films with drag queens eating dog shit and now I’m complaining about a missing dog penis. Who’s lost their edge now?

I could have done without Jim Belushi, but casting Peter Dinklage as Simon Barsinister was a stroke of genius. I’m glad that he’s embraced his midgetitude and taking on what could be stereotypical little people roles and really bringing it. It’s great that he all “Mr. Serious Actor” but that won’t last forever.

Although the Plain White T’s version of the Underdog theme song isn’t bad, I much prefer the Butthole Surfers’ version from the 90s.

An extra BOB for the Chinese Crested!

For the most part, Underdog was kind of shitty, but this is another movie that my son loves and asks to watch all the time.

Year – 2007
Rating – PG
Runtime – 84 minutes
Genre – Cartoon Adaptation
Director(s) – Frederik Du Chau
Writer(s) – Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella
Actor(s) – Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage, James Belushi, Patrick Warburton, Alex Neuberger
BOB Rating – Two BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Aaaah! I'm naked!" - Riff Raff (Brad Garret)