Directed by: Serge Danot
Countries & Regions: France, United Kingdom
Studio: Second Sight
Length: 85 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 1 November 2010
Cat No: 2NDVD3188
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Dougal and the Blue Cat
A feature-length tale starring characters from TV’s ’Magic Roundabout’. The arrival in the garden of a blue cat called Buxton soon starts... Read More
This feature-length spinoff from the classic TV series The Magic Roundabout has long enjoyed a cult status, and its fans no longer have to put up with their faded old VHS copies.
This is essentially a cuckoo-in-the-nest story in which the cuckoo is blue, feline and thoroughly sociopathic. Dougal is indignant at the appearance of the snide, enigmatic Buxton, who soon becomes his rival for the affections of Florence, Ermintrude, Brian and co - but he soon harbours deeper suspicions about the furry interloper’s true intentions.
There’s a touch of the sinister that the TV episodes never attempted: Buxton takes his orders from the Blue Voice (Fenella Fielding), a malign entity bent on taking over the world; and there’s a sequence involving tribal masks that, I’ll wager, could still spark more than a few childish nightmares. But how discomfited could anyone really be at Eric Thompson’s dry, knowing, world-weary narration?
This spruced-up release includes the original French-language soundtrack, so you also get to watch Pollux et le chat bleu (its French title, naturellement).