Monday, March 06, 2006
Doogal, Brian, Ermintrude and Dylan are animal friends who live in a "utopian" town. The highlight of the town-the magical roundabout run and maintained by Zebedee, a magical being-has entrapped Zeebad who if let loose will take all the sun from their perfect cosy little town. Via a biking mishap, Doogal rides right onto the roundabout in the process letting Zeebad free. Once Zeebad is set free the town is in danger of losing it sunshine (because the sole goal of Zeebad's evilness is freeze the sun hence pulling the plug on the towns perfect living conditions). To combat the situation and arm themselves against the evil mastermind, they have to collect three crystals from various parts of the world and then wage war against Zeebad. The movie documents their journey across to various parts of the world to get their trio of crystals and then their fight against Zeebad at the roundabout till he is back in imprisonment and their perfect world is restored.
The animation is an adaptation of an old cartoon of the 1960's. Eric Thompson is responsible for the conversion of the 60's cartoon series in French to a full-fledged animation film, which included the translation and the editing of the orignal. The missed in the film is that when the story was changed to suit the film screen, the essence of the orignal story, which was in the form of four-minute segments, was taken away. While trying to keep the orignal characters intact they have tried to work with the story. But the story has not been adapted to produce a good job in the end or it just isn't a screen adaptation movie. The magic of the orignal series has not been carried over to the "cover version". They have tried their hand at reworking it but they have pushed the aside the traits of the orignal that made it popular. It was noble enough of the directors to choose such a topic and tell people now of these long lost cartoon stars of the 60's but they have changed the entire story for it speak of the same magic. While it is infact a stupid senseless comedy type of story, they have worked too hard at making it funny making it loose all it s humorous edge. The fun of any animated film is such- just stuff you can laugh at. Not the kind of comedy that you'd appreciate Jim Carrey performing but the kind of comedy you'd want to have a hearty laugh after hearty laugh at because it is a cartoon.
The voices featured in the cartoon movie are those of Jon Stewart, William Macy, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, Ian McKellen, Bill Hader, Kylie Minogue, Kevin Smith, Judi Dench and Chevy Chase. Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval and Frank Passingham undertook director's posts. The executive producer was Butch Hartman.
The movie had been redone for an American audience with American cast and voices except for those of Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Kylie Minogue.