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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 15min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 2, 2007
73 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2007), PG [PG*] ...little does Hollywood know...

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]

Impudence/Hate (I)
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.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
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]

Murder/Suicide (M)
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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  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; ...
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence and its effect on an observer. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women/characters demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! ["Town" as used in Hab. 2:12 is rye {eer} which can be not only a city/town (a place of guarded walking) but can be excitement or anguish of terror. In any case it applies to greed and lust for unrighteous power, wealth and control since "iniquity" lwe {eh'-vel} is injustice, wickedness, perverseness, unrighteousness, wrong; violent deeds of injustice.]
  • Eph. 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
  • Eph. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. [Be careful with this one. "Wrath" is justified anger such as that you might feel if someone is trying to break into your car with a baseball bat while you are in it. Wrath is not simple anger such as your daughter might feel when denied being allowed to go on a date during a tornado warning or what your son might feel it you deny his privilages because of his disrespect. For more information please visit our Spare the Rod ... Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective article>.]
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [astorgos: unsociable, inhuman; homosexuality, bestiality, etc.] ...
  • 1Cor. 6:9-10 Do you not know that the [unforgiven] wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [any session or assembly or people deliberating or adjudicating]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective  heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Underdog (2007) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • multiple sequences of action violence of varying intensities
  • robbery
  • breaking and entering
  • abduction
  • felony restraint, twice, once of a child with intent to kill

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • teen disrespect of father
  • teen insult of father
  • father insult of teen son
  • teen forgery of Doctor's "excuse"
  • teen faking illness to avoid school
  • teen deceiving father
  • "Well, then. Let's be bad dogs"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • homosexual comment
  • posterior humor, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drugging to control

    Offense to God (O)
  • "The fool!"

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    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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