Doug's 1st Movie

Film, Family and kids

Time Out says

As befits its hero, this feature spin-off from TV's Doug, the Disney-ABC cartoon series, is gentle and politically correct. Doug, a mild seventh-grader (year seven, to Brits), has something of Tin-Tin about him (note the bright Hergé-inspired graphics and the designers' acute angle perspectives). But the screenplay never lets him stray far beyond the home and high school axis, playing a juvenile riff on Capra-esque concerns. Happily, though, this is not just another disguised musical: no irksome da-da-da songs, even if Mark Watters' music lacks variation and zest. These spin-offs remain animation on the cheap, and none yet - straitjacketed by fidelity to its respective series - has attained the density of image and kineticism of design of the art form's true originals.


Release details

77 mins

Cast and crew

Maurice Joyce
Ken Scarborough
Thomas McHugh
Fred Newman
Chris Phillips
Constance Schulman
Frank Welker
Doug Preis
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