No need to fear, Underdog is here!

[ 2 ] August 3, 2007 |

Picture 2Big kids and little kids love superheroes. Seems the thought of having super powers and being able to save the world is a dream for many kids. As an adult, sometimes even I wish I could step into a phone booth, change into my superhero costume and save the day. Instead I have to settle for practicing peaceful conflict resolution on a small scale in our home.

Superheroes have been living in our house for a while. Our boys have been Batman, Robin, Superman, Dash, Mr. Incredible, characters of their own creation, and most recently, Underdog.

You may remember Underdog, the animated cartoon from way back – I know I do! Or maybe you noticed when the movie was being filmed here in Providence. Or maybe you’ve seen previews for the new live-action Disney movie that opens today at a theater near you.

Last night we were fortunate to see the premiere of Underdog at the Providence Performing Art Center (PPAC). It’s a magnificent, ornate theater that seats about 2,900, which is refreshingly different from a generic multiplex. This movie may not appeal to everyone’s taste and is not for all ages, but for us the experience of seeing a movie on the big, big screen that was filmed in our home city was fantastic.

One of my boys gave the movie two thumbs up and the other one gave it all fingers and toes up. Now they and probably many other kids can recreate the super canine adventures in their living room or local park.

Here are several recommended superhero books that are more about overcoming obstacles, having fun, and taking adventures and less about evil and doom:
Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner.
Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey
Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero by April Pulley Sayre and Stephen Costanza

Category: movies + media

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. UnderDogFan says:

    You can get the original cartoon series of Underdog on DVD at

  2. calendar sweaty betty says:

    now i know what to do to escape the heat tomorrow. i had no idea this was filmed in providence–i thought it was just another ordinary cruddy movie!

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