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Underdog
 
(1964) TV series 1964-1973
 

Genre:
Animation + Family + Comedy

Synopsis:
Leonardo Productions, the creators of Tennessee Tuxedo, had their biggest success with the adventures of a super-powered pooch named Underdog, who was a parody of the Superman character. In his secret identity, Underdog posed as mild-mannered, spectacle wearing Shoeshine Boy. When villains threatened, Shoeshine Boy would slip into the nearest telephone booth (which was inevitably destroyed by his transformation) and emerge as a caped and costumed champion of justice. Like his human counterpart, Underdog was not infallible. While he didn't have to contend with Kryptonite, occasionally his powers would fade, causing him all kinds of trouble. In these instances Underdog was forced to take a revitalizing "Energy Vitamin Pill," which he kept in a secret compartment of his ring for just such an emergency. Pleas for help usually came from Shoeshine Boy's romantic interest, ace TTV television news reporter Sweet Polly Purebred, the cartoon's most frequent canine-in-distress. Whenever she needed her hero’s assistance, Polly would break out into song: “Oh where, oh where has my Underdog gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?” Unfortunately for Shoeshine Boy, Polly's admiration for Underdog did not extend to his humble secret identity. A colorful array of villains seemed to follow the hapless Polly wherever she went. Recurring baddies included mob boss Riff Raff (a wolf in a pinstriped suit), and Simon Bar Sinister, an evil scientist who once created a Big Dipper Machine to steal the world's water supply. He then enslaved the citizens and made them do as "Simon Says" just to get a drink. For some reason, Underdog only spoke in rhymed couplets, but luckily, this need to recite a verse of poetry before every battle didn’t seem to slow him down. His most recognized line was the catchy, "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!" The majority of Underdog cartoons were divided into four-part serial episodes. They aired as the main segments on The Underdog Show, along with reruns of The Hunter and The World of Commander McBragg (both from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales). In 1966, the show switched networks and replaced the two backup segments with new episodes of Go Go Gophers and Klondike Kat.
(from cartoonscrapbook.com)

Casts:
Wally Cox ... Underdog (voice)
Norma MacMillan ... Sweet Polly Purebred (voice)
Kenny Delmar ... The Hunter / Colonel Kit Coyote / Yakety Yak / Baldy Eagle / Commander McBragg (voice)
Ben Stone ... Cad / The Fox (voice)
Sandy Becker ... The Sergeant / Ruffled Feathers (voice)
George S. Irving ... Narrator / Running Board / Tap Tap the Chisler (voice)
Don Adams ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
Bradley Bolke ... Chumley (voice)
Mort Marshall ... Klondike Kat (voice)
Delo States ... Stanley Livingston (voice)
Larry Storch ... Phineas J. Whoopie (voice)
Allen Swift ... Simon Bar-Sinister / Riff-Raff / Goggle the Zok Man / Odie / Itchy Brother / Others

Runtime:
5 min (124 episodes, 3 seasons)

Superheroes:
Underdog

The serie inspired the comic book:
"Underdog" published by Golden Key Comics

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