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Genres: Animation , Adventure , Comedy
Actors: Tom Baker , Jim Broadbent , Lee Evans , Joanna Lumley , Ian McKellen , Kylie Minogue , Bill Nighy , Robbie Williams , Ray Winstone , Daniella Loftus , Ediz Mahmut , Jimmy Hibbert , Michel Galabru , Dany Boon , Valérie Lemercier
Director: Dave Borthwick , Jean Duval
Country: United Kingdom, France
Year: 2005
IMDB Rating: 5.2/10 (1689 votes)

A shaggy, candy-loving puppy named Doogal along with a group of friends embarks on a dangerous journey in an effort to imprison their oppressor — the evil ice sorcerer ZeeBad (Zebedee’s evil twin). As the world is placed in mortal danger Zeebad who wants to turn the world to ice. Doogal and his friends must recover 3 diamonds that are needed to stop him.

Film Review

I was part of the 40% adult demographic that was was addicted to the Eric Thompson version, that went out on TV in the UK years ago, and I have a DVD of the Nigel Planer ones too. I was therefore looking forward to this for another fix, especially Tom Baker’s Zeebad and Bill Nighy’s Dylan. It is visually delightful, the main part of the story where the Zebadee rules over a wintry ice kingdom is even prettier than the summery scenes at the beginning and end! The characters are more animated and better able to sustain your attention for the length of a feature film though I was surprised initially at the changes, not having seen any trailers beforehand. The plot is fairly simple but they always were, and so beautifully depicted that I can’t see it matters. The love interest is as unexpected as it is sweet! The dialogue is as funny as you would expect from previous versions and the characters are as we always knew them. I loved Dylan’s sudden concern when it was pointed out that grass wa…

OK, I loved it, and yet I was (slightly) disappointed too. Tom Baker voicing the part of the villainous Zeebad was absolute genius. His crazed, maniacal lines were wonderful. And Dylan was brilliant too – Bill Nighy was just the right choice. But I missed Dougal’s cynical, world-weary quips from the original Magic Roundabout. And Ermintrude was disappointing too.The animation is certainly very good, although again I missed the original ‘cardboard cutout’ feel of the garden backdrops. (It was very good, but just not like the original!) I’m glad they kept the train the same! The 70’s soundtrack was very welcome. It’s not entirely obvious what music would work well, but I think they got that right.Generally, the original show’s short format is not an easy task to expand upon, and I think they did pretty well really.

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