"New Age Fantasy"
What You Need To Know:
There are some funny and exciting moments in DOOGAL, but the characters and story are lackluster otherwise. Also, there is no divine or pure source for the magic used by the two wizards. These pagan elements are mitigated by a moral, redemptive premise where Doogal and his friends defeat Zeebad by moral means. Even so, the movie's pagan worldview and use of magic are a major theological problem, so DOOGAL receives our second lowest acceptability rating.
(PaPa, B, C, VV, M) Strong pagan worldview taking place in a fantasy land where magic is used, mitigated by a moral, redemptive premise and elements whereby the plot problem is solved by moral, redemptive means other than magic, including a message saying it's what's inside you that counts; no foul language, but many references to passing gas and snail says he slimed himself a couple times; strong cartoon action violence (especially during fight with scary skeletons) and comical violence, such as a runaway cart causes havoc, people trapped in magical carousel frozen by villain, rabbit fights scary skeletons in Aztec temple, magical train falls from great height, people land in snow, a couple explosions, wizards fight with magic, wizard falls when ledge gives way, and talk about torture; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, lying, selfishness and conceit may not be strongly rebuked enough.
DOOGAL is a re-edited animated feature from Great Britain and France that was not available for preview by reviewers.
Set in a magical fantasy land of talking animals, the movie’s title character is a pet puppy named Doogal. Doogal loves playing with his owner, a young girl named Florence. Most of all, however, Doogal loves eating candy.
While Florence and her human friends are about to listen to Ermintrude the cow sing in the public square, Doogal causes a candy cart to get a flat tire. The vendor goes away to get tools to fix the tire. Doogal steals the cart, but the cart goes haywire and smashes into a magical carousel. An evil wizard named Zeebad is released from the carousel. Zeebad freezes the carousel with Florence and her two human friends inside.
Zeebad goes in search of three magical diamonds that will give him power to freeze the sun. Zeebad’s arch-enemy, the good wizard Zebedee, gives Doogal, Ermintrude and Ermintrude’s friends, Brian the snail and Dylan the hare, a map to where the three diamonds lie hidden. He also gives them a magical train to ride so that they can get to the diamonds before Zeebad does. Only they can stop Zeebad’s evil plan.
There are some funny and exciting moments in DOOGAL, but the characters and story are lackluster otherwise. The movie’s pop culture references don’t always make sense. Also, there is no divine or pure source for the magic used by the two wizards. In fact, one of the diamonds is found in an Aztec temple, where skeletons arise to do battle with Doogal and his friends. These pagan elements are mitigated by a moral, redemptive premise. Although the magical diamonds free Florence from the frozen carousel, Doogal and his friends don’t use Zebedee’s magic to defeat the villain or get the diamonds away from him. In fact, it is their courage, wit and friendship that actually defeat the villain.
Even so, the movie’s pagan worldview and use of magic represent a major theological problem, so DOOGAL receives our second lowest acceptability rating. DOOGAL is a New Age fantasy that parents should think twice about letting their children see.