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Dougal (2005)

The Magic Roundabout (original title)
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A group of friends embark on a dangerous journey in an effort to imprison their oppressor, the evil wizard Zeebad.

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Serge Danot (characters), Raoff Sanoussi (as Raolf Sanoussi) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Baker ... Zeebad (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Brian (voice)
Lee Evans ... Train (voice)
Joanna Lumley ... Ermintrude (voice)
Ian McKellen ... Zebedee (voice)
Kylie Minogue ... Florence (voice)
Bill Nighy ... Dylan (voice)
Robbie Williams ... Dougal (voice)
Ray Winstone ... Soldier Sam (voice)
Daniella Loftus Daniella Loftus ... Coral (voice)
Ediz Mahmut Ediz Mahmut ... Basil (voice)
Jimmy Hibbert Jimmy Hibbert ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michel Galabru ... Zabadie (voice)
Dany Boon ... Ambroise (voice)
Valérie Lemercier ... Azalée (voice)
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Dougal, a shaggy, candy-loving puppy, embarks on a dangerous journey with a group of friends in an effort to imprison their oppressor, the evil ice sorcerer Zeebad (Zebedee's evil twin). The world is placed in mortal danger as Zeebad wants to freeze everything there is; Dougal and his friends must recover three diamonds in order to stop him. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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UK | France

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English | French

Release Date:

2 February 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sprung! The Magic Roundabout See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lines on either sides of Zeebad's head resemble a cartoon drawing of a Christmas tree without decorations, Zeebad's intentions include making the world a permanent winter, the season in which Christmas takes place. See more »

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When Dylan is supposed to be playing guitar for Ermintrude's concert, he nearly falls asleep before coming round and starting to play and sing 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks however Dylan is playing an acoustic guitar whereas the music has clearly got an electric guitar and not an acoustic one playing, this is particularly noticeable during his solo at the start of the song. See more »

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[Zebedee is explaining Zebad's evil plan]
Zebedee: Nothing will grow. Not even grass.
Dylan: No grass? Right we've got a problem, man.
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During the credits in the American version, live action footage is shown of the actors doing the voices of the characters. See more »

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Train is completely silent in the French version of the film. See more »


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Mr. Blue Sky
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Additional vocals by Catherine Bott
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Decent animated film, that is much better than its American counterpart
31 December 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I admit, I did not like this movie first time, but when I saw it today for the first time in three years I was surprised. While bearing little resemblance to the 1960s show, which is just timeless, this is a decent and colourful contemporary tribute.

There are flaws still with the film. The plot is very thin, and sometimes is made up of disconnected scenes. The script has some knowing lines but there are parts where the jokes only come across as average. Also it is a little too short so while the characters still maintain their simple charm, they weren't developed properly.

That said there are a vast majority of things that compensate. For one thing, the visuals are absolutely striking and colourful. Then there is the brilliant soundtrack, that is sunny and really pleasant to the ears. But what made the movie was the film was the voice cast, with fun supporting turns from Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Lee Evans(who I have found annoying in the past). Tom Baker is deliciously malevolent as ZeeBad and Ian McKellan is exceptional as always. But Robbie Williams's cheeky and charming performance as Doogal is the nicest surprise.

All in all, has its failings but it is decent and colourful. It is a shame really it was bastardised by its god awful American counterpart Doogal, which is little more than lame pop culture references and redeemed only by the quality of its animation and the in general talented voice cast(but Jon Stewart was completely wrong for ZeeBad) though they did deserve much better. 7/10 for Magic Roundabout. Bethany Cox


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