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Jason Lee is Underdog

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 26th 2006 6:06PM
jason leeAs I mentioned before, a live-action movie based on the beloved children's cartoon Underdog is currently in development. At the time they didn't have a voice for Underdog, who will be played on screen by an actually dog. Dane Cook was apparently being considered, but it looks like it will actually be Jason Lee of My Name is Earl providing vocals for the crime-fighting, rhyming canine. Besides being live-action, the movie will also differ from the original series in other ways. Instead of Underdog existing as a self-sustaining hero, he'll be adopted by a young boy. As much as I loved the original Underdog, nothing I've heard about this movie so far is making me want to rush out and see it. I'll reserve judgment until it comes out, but I'm pretty sure I won't be proved wrong.

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This will either sound counter intuitive and brilliant or really dumb:

If they write Underdog for like a Saturday matinee movie for kids, they'll struggle to make $30 million at the North American box office. If they sharpen it up and include some really witty adult oriented material, I would expect at least double that or more.

Marketing the movie to the adults who grew up on the original Underdog is a mixed blessing. The oldsters are going to want to see it close to the original, the youngsters are going to want to see their own take, and the kids don't care about Underdog if the thing hasn't been in constant rotation on the tube the week before they start whining to Mom about going.

I don't give it as much of a chance as I did Garfield.

April 26 2006 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember Bullwinkle and Rocky? Deja vue all over again.

April 26 2006 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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