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Directed by: Serge Danot

Produced: 1970

Countries & Regions: France, United Kingdom

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Studio: Second Sight

Length: 85 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 1 November 2010

Cat No: 2NDVD3188

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Dougal and the Blue Cat

Cast: Fenella Fielding , Eric Thompson

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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

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A feature-length tale starring characters from TV’s ’Magic Roundabout’. The arrival in the garden of a blue cat called Buxton soon starts to cause quite a stir. Shortly after Dougal spots Buxton talking to the Blue Voice, all manner of strange goings-on begin to take place. With Buxton eager to take control of the garden, Dougal soon finds himself having to rescue his friends from the clutches of an invading army. A long-unavailable cult classic, this animated film manages to be both funny and spooky at the same time, and will appeal to adults of a certain vintage as well as the young ’uns.

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).

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