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Doug's First Movie

Doug's First Movie (1999)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 8

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Doug Funnie and his friends from Bluffington make the leap from TV to the big screen in the animated comedy Doug's 1st Movie, based on the long-running children's series. Doug (voiced by Thomas McHugh) is a good-natured 12-year-old who is chronically infatuated with his classmate Patti Mayonnaise (voiced by Constance Shulman). Doug's best friend Skeeter (voiced by Fred Newman) is convinced there's a monster in Bluffington's Lucky Duck Lake. Surprisingly enough, it turns out Skeeter is right --

Sep 21, 1999

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (25)

Little more than a typical TV segment writ large for the mutiplexes.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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These spin-offs remain animation on the cheap, and none yet -- straitjacketed by fidelity to its respective series -- has attained the density of image and kineticism of design of the art form's true originals.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film hasn't much entertainment value for those much over the age of 10. There's not a thing in the world wrong with that.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A sweetly spoofy, thoughtful animated feature, sure to please its preteen target audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Not inspired children's entertainment, but it has a certain charm.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A new nadir in animated entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Doug saves a lake from a polluting monster.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's refreshingly non-violent, unflashy, not smart alecky and mercifully free of insipid songs.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Join me in praying that Doug's 2nd Movie never happens.

April 3, 2005

For even the little ones in the audience, Doug's First Movie will feel long and drawn out.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

If you like Doug in 15-minute segments, you'll probably like him all right for 77 minutes.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

No harm done, really, but nothing of lasting value either.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Wait for the video.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Pleasant but hopelessly vanilla.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

My advice is to see this film only in case of extenuating circumstances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Nothing here worth paying to see.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

I fell sound asleep during the proceedings, only to be awakened by the usher for having my feet draped over the seat in front of me.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

Some things are better left to television.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The "Doug" universe is too sweet and too light to travel into the big, wide, often indelicate territory of feature films.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There's enough quirky charm, light-hearted humor and fresh ideas to appeal to both younger children, eager to grow up, and to older viewers looking back on the dawn of their own awkward adolescence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A daydreamer who just wants to do the right thing, Doug is a great role model for kids.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Though Ken Scarborough's script is hardly heavy on adult references, it does feel slightly smarter than most cartoon scripts.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Doug's First Movie

This was one of those Nickelodeon cartoons that ran during the early 90's which I used to watch religiously. Along with 'Rugrats' and 'Hey Arnold!' the toons of that time were really decent and quite fresh in terms of originality and artistic style. 'Doug' being the most simplistic to look at compared to the others, yet I still can't recall how or why I actually got into this.

The movie has the same age old issue, can it work when stretched out to a films length?. Quite plainly I would say yes, this will not appeal to adults in the slightest unless like me you like the toon. Its purely 100% for kids and not meant to be anything more, hence its extremely errr...childish, simple and unoriginal.

I thought everything here worked really well to be honest, all the characters seem to be voiced by the regular people, give or take. Everything visually is recognisable from the daytime cartoon, its been spruced up of course but it still looks like 'Doug' and there hasn't been any CGI tomfoolery. That fact I like, the fact they kept it pure like the original material and didn't use CGI, that's good (at least I don't think they used CGI).

The only thing I didn't really like here was the plot believe it or not. Now I know this will sound stupid but the plot was unrealistic, let me explain. I'm reasonably sure that in all the 'Doug' cartoons the plot has always been relatable, in other words about problems kids face in school, at home, growing up, daily life we all can understand etc...It has never ventured into the realms of complete fantasy, I don't think. So this movie to have the plot based around a dinosaur lake monster running amok is kinda crappy frankly, just seems totally lame and as if they couldn't think of anything else. 'Ah lets just stick a monster in their and they make friends with it blah blah blah', a cartoon version of 'Splash' or 'Free Willy'.

If you know this franchise then you'll know what to expect, good morals, good natured harmless silliness and plenty of sickly kiddie romance. Although it doesn't seem as witty with 'Doug's' regular daydream interventions which he had in the daily cartoon. There does seem to be a clear difference between the early Nickelodeon 'Doug' and this Disney 'Doug', early 'Doug' did seem cheaper with those corny tacky homemade sound effects and sketchy animation, but that was its charm. I never saw the later Disney 'Doug' episodes but I've heard bad things.

This big screen adventure does lack that charm but it still manages to do what it set out to do. The film is enjoyable and still looks nice but admittedly isn't as rich or pretty as other animations. You really have gotta be a fan to enjoy this, otherwise I can fully understand if you think it looks terrible. I think time has passed for this franchise and film now, the moment has gone and it doesn't really stand the test of time, plus no Billy West! its still OK though.
April 13, 2013

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one of the earliest disney films i ever saw, and it still is great to watch
January 3, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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yet another childhood memory, one that i actually wouldnt mind getting back into. the thing i remember about this show is on one episode, Doug had a zit. and on a cartoon, that just looks cool for some reason, so i couldnt wait to be a teenager and have zits. then girls started having boobs and i wished i hadnt cursed myself. also Dougs best friend is blue and his bully is green. also not very interesting but looked cool as a kid. ok thats all i got for this, i sincerely hope nobody had the displeasure of reading this review.
November 23, 2009

Super Reviewer

Doug's 1st (and thankfully last) movie. I like the show as a kid but this just stunk
April 16, 2012
Bradley Wright

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