The Magic Roundabout - Two Disc Box Set [DVD]
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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.
The Magic Roundabout is another in a long list of 1960s and 1970s 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, theyve 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 kids 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
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If it has been lost, then, just like the old lost Dr Who episodes, someone must have a pirate copy somewhere.
It was on a loop continuosly for days when we first got it and even now the children watch it and I am dragged around for an obilgatory dance.
Tom Baker is wonderful in it, Robbie isn't bad but Lee Evans is underutilised. The rest of the cast is brilliant too - Bill Nighy etc - real talent.
I was wonderfully surprised by this film. It isn't anything like the cartoon I remember from my childhood but I don't find that a problem.
Well worth buying.
The soundtrack is called 'Doogal' and available on Amazon too.
It's magic you know....
Having said that, once the disappointment passes, this film is surprisingly watchable. Like the original "Manege Enchante", the film is French made and has been rescripted and revoiced for the UK audience. The French origins stand out in its eye for detail and high-standard animation (OK, not quite Pixar). This alone make it worth another viewing. The story and soundtrack however doesn't quite make up its mind about what audience it is addressing: young children, teenage fans of Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue, parents or nostalgics. The result is a film that attempts to please everyone but threatens to enthrall no one. The attempts at humour for adults are not always well judged either ("hot rocks" is a crack cocaine reference!), but there are some moments of wit and the Temple scene is a highlight. The choice of some of the lead voices did strike me as a bit strange, but Robbie Williams is surprisingly acceptable as Dougal, Kylie Minogue thankfully says little as Florence, and the rest of the cast are well chosen - especially Jim Broadbent as Brian.
Overall, this film is not a classic, but is worth a viewing - or perhaps two.Read more ›
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 ;)
It's for kids and my 2 and 4 year old LOVE it unconditionally, Fantastic music which has them both dancing and jumping around and the voices and adult humour is just priceless.
Sod the original series, it made a mockery of shows aimed at children much as Captain Pugwash and Master Bates, ( I mean come on!!)
This was truly lovely and very much an enjoyable watch for both open minded adults and children, just a shame they didn't do another one!
Oh and I have bought this for friends and Grandparents alike over the last year and have had rave reviews back from them too!
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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item bought as a gift.....as He remember it .....but still not the original.....still very funnyPublished 1 month ago by Anette Petersen