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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rooster Doodle-Doo (also known as Le Coq de St-Victor) is a French-Canadian kids' flick that has been overdubbed in English. This mildly entertaining parable about the importance of balancing work and play is pretty clean, with only some mild slapstick violence and one scene where a character gets ridiculously drunk on wine. The positive message and mild content make it appropriate for young kids and up.
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What's the story?
The villagers of St. Victor are fed up with the mayor's rooster, whose crow wakes them up every day promptly at 4 a.m. After a brief bout of insomnia that leads to a few middle-of-the-night wake-up calls, the villagers have had enough. So when the mayor unveils a golden statue of his prized pet, they demand a quick exit for the rooster. When the mayor of a neighboring village offers to trade his lucky donkey for the noisy bird, the villagers are thrilled, and, against his better judgment, the mayor trades away his prized rooster. Now able to rest peacefully, the villagers get used to a life of laziness, spending their days swimming in the mill pond, drinking lemonade, and playing golf. But when the town runs out of bread and the neighboring town starts picking up the slack, Florence the baker and Lucien the carpenter realize the importance of the rooster and concoct a plan to get him back.
Is it any good?
Despite the rooster's best efforts, ROOSTER DOODLE-DOO is a bit of snooze. This preachy flick has a positive message, but it's so in-your-face that it gets old pretty fast. If it were shorter (30 or 40 minutes seems about right) or had a few more plot twists, it might be more than mediocre. As is, the slow pacing and the slightly cheap-looking animation make this parable one you can safely skip.
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