Doogal

  • Review Date: May 15, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006

Common Sense Media says

So-so kids' movie about animals saving the world.
  • Review Date: May 15, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Puppy learns that friendship and loyalty are most important, even more than candy.

Violence & scariness

Animated crashes, falls, explosions, and a diabolical plot to rule the world.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Jokey references to candies, characters, and texts (e.g., Three Musketeers, Harry Potter, "Thriller," Lord of the Rings, Wutang Clan, CSI).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film features an evil wizard (a jack-in-the-box without his box, bouncing on a spring), who wants to freeze the world and rule it, by means of gathering together three magical diamonds. Characters are afraid, fall off cliffs, crash vehicles, fight skeletons with glowing eyes, face scary situations (and say they have "pooped" or "slimed" themselves when frightened), and occasionally carp at one another. Crude humor includes farting and slapstick violence.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Narrated by Judi Dench, this U.S. remake of the animated 1960s-70s British series The Magic Roundabout tells the story of a careless puppy named Doogal (Daniel Tay). When Doogal crashes a candy cart into the frozen chamber of evil Zeebad (Jon Stewart), the wicked wizard is released and sets out to rule and also freeze the world. Zeebad imprisons Doogal's girl, Florence (Kylie Minogue), along with some other children, recruits a wooden soldier, Sam (Bill Hader), as his sidekick, and sets off to find the magic diamonds that will grant him unending power. The rescue is left to Doogal and his friends, including the opera-singing, disco-dancing cow Ermintrude (Whoopi Goldberg), determined snail Brian (William H. Macy), laidback bunny Dylan (Jimmy Fallon), and convenient vehicle Train (Chevy Chase). They set out to find Zeebad and the diamonds.

Is it any good?

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Unoriginal and only sometimes cute, DOOGAL is mostly harmless, but dull. The current version features the original's so-so animation and storyline, and ongoing pop cultural references that don't build narrative or character relationships, but only provide punch-lines for jokes never initiated.

The film is preceded by a short, Gopher Broke, in which a gopher tries to pick up vegetables dropped of passing pickup trucks, only to have every tidbit stolen by other creatures (squirrel, chickens, crows) and also be run down by trucks, smacked by a road sign, and smashed by a falling cow.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the primary lesson learned by Doogal, that friendships are more important than his desire for candy. How do his friends, who help him save the world and Florence, show their loyalty to him even when he seems lazy or selfish?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 24, 2006
DVD release date:May 16, 2006
Cast:Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg
Directors:Dave Borthwick, Frank Passingham, Jean Duval
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Adult Written byMomsWorld April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Don't waste your time

Doogal appears to be cute animation, but is a mess of a story, a mess of voice acting and just plain bad. Not only is it scary for little ones (skeletons chasing the characters), but there's not real point to it. Don't be seduced by the acting talent for this - just say NO!

Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Sting fan April 12, 2011
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WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

Where do I begin with this one. Well let me start by saying I won a ticket to this movie and I still felt cheeted. The plot was pointless. The pop culture was insulting. The animation was cheesy. The jokes were lame. The charecters were un-developed an annoying. Know lets exsamine the plot. Well our story begins in who cares vill wear you see a group of collerful animals playing with humans in some sort of park square. Then Doogal, a whinny hairy dog is after a cart full of candy. Some how it convenently just pushes the 3 kids into a randumly placed merry-go-round. Then it freezes and the kids get trapped inside. So the go off all a cross the world with the help of a spring wizard to find 3 power crystles so that they can harness the power and melt the ice witch somehow had to do with an evil ice wizard. Not to mension for the days and days that they are gone the kids are still trapped in the merry-go-round. So if that was real life they would have died of starvation. Let me just put it to you this way: WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of an infant, 6, and 6 year old Written byjakeandjonathansmom April 9, 2008
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