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Slick dog tale borrows a little too much adult humor
By TOM MEEK  |  March 1, 2006
2.0 2.0 Stars
CRANKED-OUT FURBALL: But Doogal has its momentsToo often those behind the slick 3-D animation spectacles aimed at children imbue them with too much adult humor. Sometimes it works (The Incredibles), but mostly it falls flat (Chicken Little, Hoodwinked). This fable about friendship and loyalty borrows from The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, and even Pulp Fiction with mixed results. The titled floppy mop of a lap dog (Daniel Tay) and his gang of misfits — a cow, a choo-choo train, a stoner hare, and a snail who has the hots for the cow — must defeat a nefarious jack-in-the-box (sans the box) wizard known as Zeebad (Oscar host Jon Stewart) to save the world from becoming a giant block of ice. Directed by a hodge-podge of animators and with the considerable vocal talents of Judi Dench, William H. Macy, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jimmy Fallon, Doogal has its moments, but in the end it’s just a cranked-out furball.
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