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Parents' Guide to

Doug's 1st Movie

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Doug saves a lake from a polluting monster.

Movie G 1999 77 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Not appropriate in my mind

There are mean kids in this movie who use words like "doofusses", "goons," "losers," call family members "monsters," and are all out nasty and rude. There was also at least one, "What the..."

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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