Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams, who won widespread critical acclaim in “The Wedding Date” and Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can,” returns to the screen with back-to-back films from Walt Disney Pictures – the canine superhero adventure “Underdog” and the fairy tale romantic comedy “Enchanted.”
In “Underdog,” Adams provides the voice of Polly Purebred, the alluring but seemingly unattainable Spaniel with whom Underdog shares romantic tension. “He’s out of his league with Polly,” says Adams, “so he’s always trying to be very suave with her. He’s putting on this bravado but it’s still innocent and charming and I think that’s why we like him so much.”
In the film, after an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog (voiced by Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread. When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton) threatens to destroy Capitol City only Underdog can save the day. Adams was a stand-out winner in the casting process. “She was a real inspiration,” says producer Jonathan Glickman. In fact, when we started recording, she took her hair down, which is normally up, and the look matched our dog’s ears. An unanticipated coincidence, but it turned out to be a great thing.”
Meanwhile, a classic Disney animated fairy tale meets with the modern, live-action romantic comedy in Adams’ other film, “Enchanted.” The film follows the beautiful princess Giselle (Adams) as she is banished by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who has come to her aid — even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince (James Marsden) back home – she has to wonder: can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
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Both distributed by Buena Vista International through Columbia Pictures, “Underdog” opens across the Philippines on September, to be followed by “Enchanted” on November.