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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 15min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Have No Fear Productions, Walt Disney Pictures, Maverick Film Company, Classic Media, Spyglass Entertainment
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures
Director(s): Frederik Du Chau
Producer(s): Todd Arnow, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Eric Ellenbogen, Jonathan Glickman, Bob Higgins, Robert Higgins, Jay Polstein, Rebekah Rudd, Erin Stam
Screenplay/Story: Adam Rifkin, Joe Piscatella, Craig A. Williams
Television Series: W. Watts Biggers
Cinematography/Camera: David Eggby
Music: Randy Edelman
Film Editing: Tom Finan
Casting: Gail Goldberg, Anne Mulhall
Production Design: Garreth Stover
Art Direction: James F. Truesdale
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), Cad (Patrick Warburton a.k.a. Buzz Lightyear or Kronk), Polly Purebread (voice of Amy Adams), Riff Raff (voie of Brad Garrett) and more are back! Uunderdog, a.k.a. Shoe Licker ... er ... Shoe Shine (voice of Jason Lee) battles the evil plans of mad scientist Barsinister to take over the world.
Dan Unger of Cherry Street leaves the police force to become a security guard at a high-power laboratory. He left the force so he could be more assured of coming home each night to his teen son, Jack (Alex Neuberger) whose mother had died. One night a beagle dog gets drenched in one of Barsinister's concoctions. After recomposing himself and shaking off the excess formula, the beagle begins crashing through walls and flying along the city streets. As luck would have it, Dan in his car hits the beagle and befriends the still alive beagle by taking it home for Jack. When the beagle starts talking to Jack, there is where the shenanigans begin.
The beagle became Shoe Shine. Shoe Shine got his name from Dan because Shoe Shine licked Dan's shoes a couple times. At first, the dog's name becomes Shoe Licker, but to be less abrasive the name Shoe Shine came up. This is a somewhat clever manipulation of the original cartoon Underdog being the shoe shine boy. But at three whistles from Jack, mild-mannered Shoe Shine becomes Underdog -- "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"
This is a crime fighting story about thwarting the dastardly plans of the evil mad scientist to rule the world. It is a formula plot and satisfies most of the device requirements of a crime fighting story. Mostly violence. And since it includes a teen boy, it includes some obligatory disrespect of authority by a teen. Well!? Almost every teen in every Hollywood film I have ever seen portrays the teen as know-it-all, disrespectful, rebellious and arrogant, Isn't that what Hollywood wants us to think of teens? Granted, "foolishness is bound in the heart of a child" [Prov. 22:15] but little does Hollywood know they are feeding such an attitude with it. [1 Co. 15:33].
In the report for Transformers I noted the improper use of a Model 3 Pankage radiation detection survey meter. I also noted I had never seen a Hollywood film in which a radiation survey meter was used properly. Underdog is no exception. In it, the filmmakers had the actors using a Victoreen CDV-700 Gamma-Beta survey meter. I have repaired and calibrated literally thousands of those instruments over a period of eight years. And I taught thousands of police, fire and rescue personnel how to use them. In fact, I have a couple of them in my shed. So I suspect I have credibility in telling you the filmmakers used the survey meter in Underdog improperly. The actor who surveyed the area with the CDV-700 said "no radiation." As a previous Radiation Safety Officer, if I had used the CDV-700 in the way the actor did and found the instrument to give such a response as it did in the movie, I would have mobilized the State Radiological Emergency Respnse Team. Just a little trivia. And just another point to help you not trust what you see in the movies. Nothing.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Being a crime fighting story this film contains enough violence often enough to be equivalent to some R-rated features in violence. Though none of the violence is gory or gruesome as is typical of many R-rated films, there is quite a bit of violence. [Prov. 16:29] In addition, robbery, breaking and entering and felony restraint were likewise expensive to the scoring distribution. [Hab. 2:12]
With only a single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, it took quite a bit of teen arrogance. defiance and insults at the parent [Eph. 6:2] (plus an insult by the parent at the teen [Eph. 6:4]) plus a couple other instances of impudence to drag the Impudence/Hate investigation area score down to almost half of its starting 100 points. [Isa. 13:11] The content found by this investigation area is equivalent in magnitude to most PG-13 movies in the comparative baseline database.
Sexual Immorality (S)
The only issues of sexually immoral behavior were a homosexual comment [2 Tim. 3:1 - 3, 1Cor. 6:9-10] and a few instances of forcing attention to the posterior [Eph. 5:4]. Content found by this investigation area is clearly equivalent to most PG films in the comparative baseline database.
The one instance of drugging to control earned Underdog a Drugs/Alcohol investigation area score fully equivalent to most G-rated fillms.
Offense to God (O)
Likewise is the content revealed by this investigation area equivalent to most G-rated films. The use of "The fool!" by Barsinister stole but a few of the starting 100 points. [Matt. 5:22]
There is no content revealed by the Murder/Suicide investigation area. This film earned the highest investigation area score possible (100 out of 100) because there are no murders or suicides noted.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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