A spoof of Superman
that ran from 1964 through 1973, Underdog
featured Wally Cox as the voice of the title character and his mild-mannered alter-ego Shoeshine Boy. Decades later, the show plays like an odd mixture of Jay Ward and Hanna-Barbera cartoons. The animation is little more than storyboards with cycles added for walks and runs, with the humor in the voice track and narration--a technique Ward pioneered in Crusader Rabbit
. The villains are celebrity sound-alikes, as many Hanna-Barbera characters were: The King of Zot is Jimmy Durante; Simon Bar Sinister, Lionel Barrymore, etc. Included on the disc are various cartoons that were shown on Underdog
, but without their familiar theme songs. Some viewers may be offended by the Indians in "Go Go Gophers," Ruffled Feather and Running Board. A disc for nostalgic baby boomers and animation history buffs. (Unrated, suitable for ages 7 and older: cartoon violence, ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
From the Back Cover
More Simon Barsinister, more Riff Raff, and now some strange new foes stand in Underdog's way! This second DVD lets you enjoy the original 1960's classic TV cartoon superhero in a whole new way! Digitally remastered episodes feature underdog's greatest adventures, complete and uncut for the first time ever!
The Ticklefeather Machine - Simon Barsinister and his assistant Cad are up to their old tricks again! All of Simon's inventions have failed against Underdog, and in order to become elected Dictator, he must find a new invention to rule the world - The Ticklefeather Machine!
Guerrilla Warfare - Underdog has been unbeatable, but now Riff Raff has a new plan. With his gang of the world's best criminals, Riff intends to steal the world's most famous painting. The museum is being guarded personally by Underdog, so Riff Raff must use his Guerrilla Warfare tactics to try and defeat our hero!
Zot - One of the all-time favorite episodes from the series! Underdog has a secret admirer watching him, trouble is she's on another planet! King Klobber of the planet Zot will do anything to find his daughter the strongest "husband" in the universe to marry, and Underdog is just that! Travel to Zot to see a Royal Wedding that includes a BIG-double surprise!
The Underdog Show's Family of Characters, the early Cliffhanger episodes: Commander McBragg, Go Go Gophers, The Hunter, King Odie, Klondike Kat, Tennessee Tuxedo and Tooter Turtle.