From the Independent Weekly:

 UNDERDOG—The original 1960s cartoon was charming because of the cute, limited animation and actor Wally Cox’s nerdy-but-intrepid readings of lines like “There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here!” The film version uses a live-action dog with the gravely voice of Jason Lee, and trades in the cuteness for lousy talking-dog effects and every bad canine joke known to man. Even Peter Dinklage, in the thankless role of mad scientist Simon Bar Sinister, can’t keep his dignity. Kids might find Underdog cute, but please, please just take them to Ratatouille again. Horrifyingly, Jason Lee is due to appear in another live-action cartoon adaptation, Alvin and the Chipmunks, in just a few months. It’s a sad, sad era for children’s cinema. Rated PG. —ZS

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