BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEWS

003659Reviews & Counting
SEARCH BY TITLE # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Doogal
DVD disk
05.31.2006 By: Jason Coleman
Doogal order
Director:
Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham

Actors:
Daniel Tay
Jimmy Fallon
Jon Stewart

Rating:
Movie:
Extras:
Overall:

star Printer-Friendly version
comment
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A 3-D computer-animated tale about a dog named DOOGAL who, along with his quirky (are there any other?!) friends, must find three magic diamonds and defeat an evil sorcerer to ultimately save his best friend and the earth from freezing over.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The state of animated films has officially gone from bad to totally unbearable. The latest Weinstein animated creation DOOGAL is exhibit A; a horribly unfunny and painful film going experience if ever there was one. I donít know what the original version from England looked like (it was called THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT), but if was anything like this, it needs to be taken out and flogged. DOOGAL is a bad experience all round; from the horribly unhumorous script, to the crappy looking animation. (There were times when the mouth of the animal didnít match the voice, I felt like I was watching an old, badly dubbed Bruce Lee import!) Any film that has a narrator, in this case Dame Judi Dench who I can only assume was used to bring this fiasco an heir of credibility, right from the get go is already in a heap of trouble. With three, yes three directors involved in this floating air biscuit, youíd think that by the law of averages alone, it might have a few funny moments, right? Wrong.

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 EXTRAS
There are few features on here and I for one am so, so, so grateful. Thanks!

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As a film that originally came out of England, with the name of THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT, I have heard nothing but glowing words about the little foreign cartoon. DOOGAL the new U.S. version is a dismal failure, a complete and utter waste of 77 minutes, reminiscent of the film watching sequences that Malcolm McDowell had to endure during re-conditioning in Stanley Kubrickís A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Do yourself a favor folks Ė if you come across this steaming mess, use the pooper scooper and put it rightfully where it belongs.
Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!