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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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."
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