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Doogal 2006 G CC

2.8 out of 5 stars (88) IMDb 2.8/10

In the Enchanted Village, The Magic Roundabout lies in ruin, encased in ice. It is the work of the chillingly evil sorcerer Zeebad, whose dastardly mission is to enslave the earth and freeze it over forever. Ranged against the wicked magician are four of the unlikeliest heroes ever gathered together in an all-action adventure - Brian (a lovesick snail), Ermintrude (an opera-singing cow), Dylan (a spaced-out rabbit), and Dougal (a sugar-loving dog).

Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon
1 hour, 16 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
Starring Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon
Supporting actors Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Chevy Chase, Judi Dench, Kylie Minogue, Ian McKellen, Kevin Smith, Bill Hader, Cory Edwards, John Krasinski, Heidi Brook Myers
Studio The Weinstein Company
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 3, 2006
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The Magic Roundabout is a British television series adapted into a movie. There are three versions for the UK, France and the USA, and this one is the US version. I've seen both the UK and the US versions, and the US version is the better of the two, largely due to the narration of Dame Judi Dench which is not in my copy of the UK version. The UK version also uses different actors for some of the characters. (Most notably Robbie Williams and Bill Nighy)

The story is very simple, back to the old basics of good versus evil. Shaggy dog Doogal (Daniel Tay) accidentally releases bad wizard ZeeBad (Jon Stewart) from his prison inside the Magic Roundabout, causing a chain reaction that traps his owner Florence (Kylie Minogue) and her friends inside the iced over roundabout. Doogal and his friends call on good wizard Zebedee (Sir Ian McKellen), who sends them on a quest to recover three magical diamonds and replace them in the roundabout. If however ZeeBad gets his hands on the diamonds he will have the power to freeze the sun triggering an eternal ice age.

The intrepid adventurers are Doogal, Ermintrude the opera singing cow (Whoopi Goldberg), Brian the brave snail who's in love with Ermintrude (William H. Macy), Dylan the tripped out rabbit (Jimmy Fallon) and Train the train with tunnel vision (Chevy Chase). ZeeBad enlists Soldier Sam (Bill Hader) formerly of the roundabout to be his accomplice, and along the way they meet a helpful but flatulent Moose (Kevin Smith).

With this kind of star power Doogal should have been a great movie, but somewhere along the way it changed from a children's story to an action movie spoof, thereby effectively losing both intended audiences. It has a few laughs, some catchy music and you'll have fun picking out the pop culture and movie references, but that's about it. Rent it for the star power, but don't expect too much.

Amanda Richards, July 3, 2006
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This is a simple, sweet story that is definitely for littler kids. I suspect the people who have given the film a bad rating here were disappointed by it's "lack" of mature humor that is so brilliantly scripted in movies like Shrek. Monster Inc., or The Incredibles (I frankly found this the beauty of the film and quite refreshing). The animation is also more focused on an illustrated look rather than realism. So, if you're an adult without kids, ignore this film.

BUT, if you have little ones (mine are 3 1/2 and 18 months), definitely buy or rent this film. I'll be honest, it isn't a film that has such impact that you keep talking about it (like Incredibles or Shrek or Robots). It's simply a sweet children's story with a good plot that relates the dangers of selfishness and self-centeredness and the benefits of friendship and teamwork very well. It also shows that even the most misguided of us can be redeemed by our good actions. It's something you'd see on the Disney channel and worth adding to your children's library of "good message" movies.

I personally would love to see it with the original British cast (Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellan, thankfully, remained in the film...and I loved the comic performance of Bill Hader as Soldier Sam!). I think the American cast was mixed oddly in the casting room office, some of the choices work, some don't. Two very odd choices were the use of Jon Stewart as the villian and Whoopie Goldberg as Ermintrude the Cow and I think they somehow work once you get over the juxtaposition of the voices to the characters. Jon Stewart pulls it off because he's so darned sardonic. I'm still trying to decide if Whoopie truly works as an opera singing cow.... Daniel Tay as Doogal...ehh...nothing to write home about.
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I've often found that young children go into animated movies with the same mindset: they'll love it even before the lights in the theater go dim. And what's not to love? Everything is bright, wacky, and fun, no one gets killed, and a happy ending is virtually guaranteed. Of course, adults have a different set of standards for the films they'd prefer to see. Sure, a family film is okay; at least then there's something for everyone. But if they're forced to sit through a cartoon made entirely for young children, then there's a lot to be desired. "Doogal" is definitely a children's film, and for them, I would recommend it. But for adults, even those who have young children ... well, it may be something you'll want to pass on.

A completely computer generated adventure, "Doogal" has everything a child would love: lots of vivid colors, talking animals, talking toys, juvenile comedy, and harmless dialogue. Of course, the visuals will probably distract them from the basic good vs. evil storyline. Then again, they may not; it's a genre that's been utilized in countless numbers of cartoons, most of which they've seen on more than a couple of occasions (and for that we can thank the folks at Disney). It's a genre that also has the ability to close cultural gaps. The film itself is proof of that; it was originally produced in France, only to later be re-dubbed by English speaking actors. The script was also completely rewritten by American born Butch Hartman, the creator of Nickeloden's "Fairly Odd Parents."

Nothing was complex or detailed as far as the plot is concerned, and the characters were appropriately made one-dimensional (a plus, considering the average child's attention span).
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