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The Magic Roundabout

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2005
  • Dave Borthwick
  • 78 mins
  • U

Summary

Animated adventure, based on the children's TV classic, featuring the voices of Robbie Williams, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen and Kylie Minogue. On a manic hunt for sugar, Dougal the dog inadvertently releases evil sorcerer Zeebad from his prison beneath the roundabout. Free after centuries, the malevolent creature aims to cast the world into darkness, but first he has to capture three magic diamonds. Can Dougal and his pals stop Zeebad's wicked plans by getting to the gems first?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The much-loved children's TV classic is re-imagined for 21st-century youngsters in this attractive computer-animated adventure. Using the original characters as a springboard, the film broadens and updates their escapades to satisfy contemporary tastes. The result is a colourful tribute to the eccentric 1960s show, in which Dougal the dog inadvertently releases imprisoned sorcerer Zeebad (voiced by Tom Baker). Free after centuries, the malevolent Zeebad aims to cast the world into darkness, beginning by encasing the roundabout in ice and trapping little girl Florence (Kylie Minogue). It's up to Dougal and his pals to save the day. Though this is a feature for the very young, there's enough to keep grown-up nostalgia fans happy. The dialogue and comic scenarios still have their knowing undertones, while the slightly beefed-up characters retain their simple charm. Despite a thin plot, the story skips along nicely, bolstered by a sunny pop soundtrack and spot-on voice casting. Bill Nighy's hippy rabbit Dylan is particularly fun, but it's Robbie Williams's cheeky turn as Dougal that's the most pleasant surprise.

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Credits

Cast

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ZeebadTom Baker
BrianJim Broadbent
ErmintrudeJoanna Lumley
FlorenceKylie Minogue
DougalRobbie Williams
ZebedeeIan McKellen
DylanBill Nighy
Soldier SamRay Winstone
TrainLee Evans

Crew

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DirectorDave Borthwick
DirectorJean Duval
DirectorFrank Passingham

Details

Theatrical distributor
Pathe{acute}
Released on
2005-02-11
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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