Doleful Dougal, wise Zebedee and Dylan the hippy dippy rabbit make a welcome and long sought after reappearance in this long lost masterpiece of children’s television and premier adult, guilty pleasure.
The boys and sometime girl Florence are back in town with this feature length film involving a blue cat and the strange goings on in and around the roundabout .
This legendary film has had a digital makeover with a pristine picture and razor sharp sound. .
Those side of the mouth asides are now more clearly heard so that their frequent double meanings startle in their wit and candour.
The magic is still truly here.
One knew as a child that teatime was imminent when that theme tune played.
The show running for only a matter of minutes never outstayed its welcome and strangely neither does this film.
There was always something going on in the garden, with misunderstandings and underhand dealings to be sorted and fretted over.
Dougal, forever setting himself up as the gallant hero to the rescue (whether needed or not) and Florence, our heroine, cleverer than she pretended are all present in this delightful seventy minutes of fun.
Packed with extra features which are a must to watch, this is a treat for all the family.
Did you know that the show was inspired by a French TV programme and that it was Emma Thompson’s father’s voice that we all fell in love with?
At the end of this film, as indeed in every one of the shows, the great Zebedee springs forth and announces “time for bed”.
Oh! All the happy innocent days of our youth.
Dougal and the Blue Cat (The Magic Roundabout) DVD Second Site Films
STAR RATING 10/10