Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
And anyone who can take such a fine group of funny and gifted actors and make them utterly dismal is a firm candidate for a slew of Raspberry Awards. Want to hear a wasted talent itinerary? Start with Chevy Chase, who has maybe three words during the course of the film (and none of them are funny!), then Jimmy Fallon as a rabbit idiot savant whom you want to pummel after about 30 seconds, with Whoopi Goldberg as a ridiculously sassy cow, add William H Macy as a lifeless slug (even Mametís acting methods couldnít have saved this one!), with Sir Ian McKellen as animal with a coil hanging out of his backside, plus Kevin Smith as a moose with quite the mouth (should have made him the damn leading character, as he shows up only a handful of times!), and end it all with the horribly wrong voice casting of Jon Stewart as an evil sorcerer (yeah, I buy that one!). Only the kid doing the voice of DOOGAL, Daniel Tay, manages to escape unscathed, as his upbeat and fresh read seems like it would appeal to kids into shows like Lazy Town and Bakyardigans. Kids themselves may sit through this, mine did, but it doesnít necessarily mean theyíre enjoying it. (Mine would watch the snow on the empty screen and enjoy it, if there was nothing else on!) The box cover for this catastrophe claims the film is a winner of the excellence award by the Film Advisory Board; well I donít know what kind of films they watch, but they need to get out more, cause I was the one bored. DOOGAL is fodder at its worst, not great for kids and totally un-watchable for adults; itís an unfunny comedy in deep do-do.
The Making Of Doogal (15:55): Remember the clips of the real actors at the end of the film? Itís from this mini-docÖbut in a longer version. (God help me!) It looks like all the actors here are having tons of fun and itís very irksome. If the film had contained half as much of that fun, it might have been a winner. (Only a little Kevin Smith riffing saves this one from being a total waste of time!)
Plus there is a Theatrical Trailer.