The Magic Roundabout (Doogal) Reviews
The film's animation is full of smeared greens, browns, and greys, which, combined with the fast paced animation, makes me sick to my stomach.
What also doesn't help is the choice of voice actors. All too many of them just don't fit their characters, with Dougal and Dylan being particularly incongruous.
In short, well made but slow, predictable and boring.
With so many big names in the voice-cast, I was distracted from the film by trying to identify who was voicing which character.
All in all though, quite entertaining with some funny bits
(Voice) Acting: 4/5-Robbie Williams, Tom Baker and Bill Nighy stand out here as the sugar-loving and faithful Doogal, the evil and icy Zeebad and the somewhat-stoned martial-artist rabbit Dylan. Joanna Lumley (Ermintrude the Cow), Jim Broadbent (Brian the Snail), Ian McKellen (Zebedee), Ray Winstone (Sam the Soldier), Kylie Minogue (Florence) and Lee Evans (Train) make up the rest of the lively cast.
Script/Character Development: 3/5.
Animation: 3.5/5-Below Pixar standards, but captures the original TV show's bright style and still high of standard for a British/French-produced film-an added 3D dimension may have helped give it some appeal.
Overall: 26.5/40 = 3.25/5 = 3/5.
Although its screenplay is quite basic and short in relation to its adventure-style plot, The Magic Roundabout is a generally entertaining family film that features bright and cartoonish animation, surprisingly good voice-acting, pun-laden humour and a nostalgia factor that will keep adults amused.
Just don't get me started on the crap American adaptation, 'Doogal'.
It's pot luck finding this, so I assume it bombed at the cinema - if it was released at all. Could have had trouble finding an audience as it's too scary at times for youngsters and too different for older fans of the TV version trying to recapture childhood memories. Most certainly fresh!