Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jon Stewart, Judi Dench, Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg
Directors: Dave Borthwick, Frank Passingham, Jean Duval
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Animation
Meet Doogal, an adorable candy-loving mutt on a mission to save the world. In this delightful 3D computer-animated adventure, Doogal must prevent the evil sorcerer Zeebad (Jon Stewart) from freezing the earth forever. Joi... more »
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Gina W. from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 3/11/2010...
This is a cute childrens movie and my four year old grandson just loved it!
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lost in translation
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 07/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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
Cute, Sweet, PERFECT for Little Ones
Kristen C | So Cal | 05/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. Jimmy Fallon portrayed the laid-back, hippie-esque Dylan the Rabbit with ease, of course. I loved William H. Macy as Brian, his calm voice fits the country Snail beautifully. Fallon and Macy (along with Hader) were probably the best performances in the film."
After seeing Doogal once I decided to permantly blind myself
Arthur E. Miller | Newtown CT | 01/14/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"For all the people who enjoyed classic animated films like Beauty and the Beast or Peter Pan or Aladdin, be prepared to throw up on your television and gouge out your eyes. Doogal is so unimaginably bad, that it's a sin to God. The movie starts off with a moustached man named Zebedee who can shoot fireballs from his moustache and is fighting a man named Zeebad who can shoot iceballs from his moustache. The good guy, Zebedee, wins and then cuts to a scene where Doogal, the main character, wants some candy. Everyone else in Doogal's town is at a concert where a cow, Ermintrude, is singing. Only a snail, who probably wants the cow in bed with him, likes the music. Whene Doogal tries to get away from the concert he gets a lollypop but accidentily releases Zeebad from his prison. Zeebad was actually locked up in a ten thousand year old caresel, and, oh, did I mention that this caresel was magical? Somehow, Doogals owner gets locked up in the caresel Then out of nowhere, everyone chants Zebedee three times and the mosetache man who shoots fireballs from his mousache appears and tells everyone that they must go on a magical quest to get three crystals and save humanity. Then Zebedee takes out a magic box with a button on it and presses it. Then a magic train on crack comes out and takes them to find the three crystals. The movie then cuts to Zeebad where a moose farts a few times. Later in the movie the snail is almost killed by icicles that fall down only to say, "I slimed myself." Not only that, what is up with the pot smoking bunny? In one of the final scenes of the movie, the bunny says "I pooped myself!" If that's all the movie writers could think of when making this movie, they were on crack. The bottom line is that even a five year old retard on pot wouldn't like this film!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This movie should be buried in a landpile and burned to hell!!! I could give this movie lower than one star it would be negative 999999999999999 stars out of five stars."