Go: Cinema: Dougal and Co Lose the Magic

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Go: Cinema: Dougal and Co Lose the Magic


The Magic Roundabout (U) STARS: (Voices) Robbie Williams, Tom Baker, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen, Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue, Lee Evans. DIRECTOR: Frank Passingham

TIME for bed," said Zebedee. ...The makers of The Magic Roundabout film have taken the moustachioed, springy wizard's words to heart.

This computer-animated foray into the Enchanted Village will lull a sizeable proportion of the audience to the Land of Nod.

And anyone who manages to stay awake will be left wondering where the quirky and quintessentially British programme of our childhood has gone.

It's certainly not up there on the big screen.

As we enter the village, opera-mad cow Ermintrude (Lumley) is "entertaining" the locals - including Florence (Minogue), near-comatose hippy rabbit Dylan (Nighy) and her ardent admirer, bashful snail Brian (Broadbent) - with an ear-shattering aria.

Cowardly canine Dougal (Williams) is far more concerned with satisfying his sugar craving.

To that end, he hijacks a tricycle laden with sweet treats and accidentally crashes the fast-moving contraption into the Magic Roundabout.

The collision unleashes Zebedee's ice-blue nemesis, Zeebad (Baker), from his prison beneath the earth.

Zeebad has been incarcerated under the roundabout for 10,000 years and has revenge on his mind; specifically, to freeze the sun and plunge the world into total darkness.

His plan requires three special diamonds.

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