If there’s nothing else at the video store or on TV it’s time to watch “Doogal”, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. “Doogal” is an animated adventure about four animal friends – Ermintrude (a cow) , Dylan (a bunny), Brian (a snail) and a dog named Doogal. They go on a quest to find three diamonds before the evil scorcerer Zeebad can get them because if Zeebad gets the jewels he’ll freeze the world.
Doogal leads the quest because his best friend, Florence, has been frozen inside a merry-go-round by Zeebad. It’s a pretty silly plot, though easy for little kids to follow.
The best thing about “Doogal” is the animation. The characters comes from the British and French TV show “The Magic Roundabout.” Maybe they all should have stayed in Europe. Most of the American actors doing the voices simply don’t work. Jimmy Fallon was not the right choice for the bunny and William H. Macy makes a bad snail. Jon Stewart as the scorcerer and Whoopi Goldberg as the cow are o.k.
“Doogal” is rated G. It comes from the creators of “Hoodwinked” but isn’t close to being as funny or exciting as that movie. Little ones six and under may enjoy it…or they may not.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Doogal” gets a D+. There are a lot better choices out there for kids movies. A lot.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.