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The Magic Roundabout - Two Disc Box Set [DVD]

Dave Borthwick , Jean Duval    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
  • Producers: Claude Gorsky, Andy Leighton, Laurent Rodon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009JOPVW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Magic Roundabout is another in a long list of 1960’s and 1970’s television shows updated and adapted for the big screen. The original show has since become a cult favourite due to its hallucinatory double-entendres, and the powers that be realised that the fans of the television series now had children of their own. Therefore, the film version of The Magic Roundabout attempts to strike a balance between appealing to both children and their parents. To that end, they’ve recruited a whole host of celebrities to provide voices: Robbie Williams as Dougal the dog, Kylie Minogue as Florence, Tom Baker as the evil Zeebad and Ian McKellen as Zebedee, amongst others. The story involves Dougal accidentally releasing Zeebad from prison, then joining up with his friends to save the day--ideal good-versus-bad kid’s entertainment.

The DVD release has two different versions. The single disc version includes character profiles, a quiz and a look at the UK premiere of the film. The two-disc version, meanwhile, also has behind the scenes documentaries and, best of all, some classic black & white episodes of the original series--the perfect piece of nostalgia to entertain the parents. --Ted Kord

Product Description

Computer-generated update of Serge Danot's classic 1970s children's series. After Dougal (Robbie Williams) accidentally releases the evil Zeebad (Tom Baker) from his prison, he and pals Ermintrude (Joanna Lumley), Brian (Jim Broadbent) and Dylan (Bill Nighy) embark on a quest to find three magic diamonds before Zeebad uses them to encase the world in ice.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My son loves it 8 Sep 2005
I'm a little conflicted about this film: it is currently my four-year old son's favourite film and he is watching it pretty much on a loop so I have watched it (or at least parts of it) many times.
The film bears little resemblance to the original TV program, in fact it is really an action adventure/quest movie that just happens to use the Magic Roundabout characters. The plot is simple: there is an accident, caused by Dougal's love of sugar, which releases Zeebad (Zebedee's evil twin) who wants to turn the world to ice. Dougal, Ermintrude, Brian and Dylan embark to a quest to recover 3 diamonds that are needed to stop him.
People, like me, who grew up with the original TV series will have some problems with this film as it lacks the magic that made the TV series so special. However, the CGI animation is slick and very well done and the voice cast approach the whole thing with great gusto. Tom Baker has great fun as Zeebad, Joanna Lumley and Jim Broadbent are very good as Ermintrude and Brian but as usual Bill Nighy as the hippy rabbit Dylan steals the show (he finally get worked up when he realises if the world is turned to ice there will be no grass).
Not really for adults, and certainly not for hardcore fans of the original TV show but my son loves it (hence the decent rating).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made & good fun 17 May 2014
By Mr. P. A. Busby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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All the expected characters in a full-length fun feature that's not taxing or particularly challenging to understand. Zebedee wake his evil Alter ego-like character (Zeebad) so the world has to be saved from a big freeze. This is an Anglo-French film that was well received in both countries but failed to make much impact in The States. The animation is best described as clean-edged & colourful. Good fun if not too memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one for the fans 15 May 2014
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I gave this to a young female relative who had been watching it for free on youtube until it was removed. She was very happy, but she is a fan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic roundabout 11 May 2014
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My son loved this and has not stopped watching it. Arrived quickly and when told it would. Very happy x
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it TEN if I could! 20 July 2005
By Cat
I loved this movie. When it came out in the cinema, I admit I was skeptical...How could it possibly compare to my (albeit rather hazy) memories of the original series?
However, I needn't have worried. Pathe have come up with an all-new, action-packed story (though I admit the plot WAS very simple) using our favourite characters from yesteryear that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Look out for the little in-jokes and movie references that will have you laughing aloud...And watch the kids faces when you have a giggle at the jokes that go over their heads ;)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Good to Average 27 Aug 2005
By Ron
When I first heard of a new version of the Magic Roundabout coming out, I began to get excited. Now, I'm not an old fogey who clings to the Old Magic Roundabout, and I'm not a really young kid who loves to see some more Universal-Rated animation.
I did enjoy the old Magic Roundabout for its simple, modest jokes, and weird sense of humour. So when I saw that an updated one was coming out, I thought: "Yay! Something good to feast my eyes on!" But, to be honest, it was not as good as I expected it to be at all. I don't think I actually laughed out loud once through the film. Don't get me wrong, I thought the animation was brilliant and there was a relatively decent storyline. But the tasteless, hoping-to-be-witty jokes just didn't appeal to me. They tried too hard. I actually groaned in exasperation when Dougal asked Dylan if various Martial Arts came with Egg-Fried Rice. A few characters were very good, by their few good lines and the good actors. I personally thought Robbie Williams was terrible for Dougal, just not right at all. The only characters I thought were perfect and I really liked were Brian (who is pretty much the same as he always was), Zebedee (Ian Mckellen was the perfect choice) and Zeebad. However, it was good the first time I saw it, but as I watched it a couple more times, it just lost all humour. I doubt I'll ever watch it again. It was a brilliant effort, but just didn't quite meet standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original 27 Jun 2014
By David H
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Bought this for a neighbour after discussing garden snails. She did not know that all snails are called Brian - poor woman, must have had a sheltered childhood. Anyway her kids love the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery 17 April 2014
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A much loved DVD in my house! Entertainment for adults and kids alike. Catchy songs and great storyline. Very recommended
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