Doug's 1st Movie

 
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Doug saves a lake from a polluting monster.
  • Review Date: July 29, 2003
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Roger and his buddies steal Doug's clothes and hang them in a tree.

Violence & scariness

Sharpshooters blast a mechanical monster at the school dance; they try to get a shot at the real monster, but Doug and Skeeter protect him with their bodies. Doug and Skeeter hear scary noises at the lake as they search for the monster. Men in battle fat

Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that preschoolers won't get into the story, but some may enjoy the multi-colored characters and a suspiciously Barney-like lake creature. Grade schoolers will be most involved in Doug and Skeeter's struggles to do the right thing. Preteens may find the humor immature, but some might like the Valentine's Day dance subject matter and middle school setting.

What's the story?

In his film debut, popular television cartoon character Doug and his pal Skeeter discover a monster living in Lucky Duck Lake. It turns out that a local factory owner has been dumping waste into the lake, and the pollution created the monster. When Doug and Skeeter find out that the monster is friendly and means no harm, they name the creature Herman Melville and set out to protect it. While Skeeter wants to prove the factory owner is guilty of polluting the lake, Doug tries to use his friendship with the monster to impress his longtime crush, Patti. But when forced to choose between protecting the monster or proving himself to Patti, Doug helps the monster.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Doug's big screen debut suffers from not being enough of a movie. Though the story tries to weave in some big themes--doing the right thing, ecological safety, overcoming jealousy--it fails to combine them in a meaningful way, and it doesn't always match the quality or focus of the best cartoons in the series. Still, all the goofy characters from the series are here, Bluffington is a pleasant place to visit for seventy-seven minutes.

The movie's admirable message comes through loud and clear and while Doug is at times too good to be true, the movie avoids being sickly sweet with some clever moments. The bonus "Dougumentary" is the best part. Creator Jim Jinkins answers questions such as "Why are all the characters different colors?" The answer, as you might have guessed, is "It doesn't matter how you look on the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the environmental message in this story.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 5, 1999
DVD release date:May 9, 2000
Cast:Frank Welker, Fred Newman, Thomas McHugh
Director:Maurice Joyce
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 17, 2012
 

dougs 1st movie

"Dougumentary" is the best part. Creator Jim Jinkins answers questions such as "Why are all the characters different colors?" The answer, as you might have guessed, is "It doesn't matter how you look on the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts." Families can talk about the environmental message in this story.
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Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old December 20, 2010
 

doug was on nick and disney but it was the same show!!!

disney was showing the same show!!! they both did show the same tv shows of doug!
Teen, 14 years old Written byHTFMime November 5, 2010
 
I don't like Disney's verison of Doug, Nickelodeon's verison of Doug is better.
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