The Magic Roundabout (Pollux - Le manège enchanté), redubbed in the United States as Doogal, is a 2005 French-British computer-animated adventure fantasy film based on the television series The Magic Roundabout.
The film was co-produced in the UK and France. The original English version of the film featured an abundance of prominent British actors.
The film was later brought over to the US by The Weinstein Company (originally Miramax/Disney) on October 17, 2004, under a new title Doogal. producer Harvey Weinstein approached Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman to re-work the film on November 2005. Hartman revealed in a 2017 interview during the Weinstein scandal and the MeToo and Time's Up movement that his initial idea to re-work The Magic Roundabout was to add in a live-action frame story that would've involved an elderly man reading the story of the film to his grandchild, similar to that of The Princess Bride; this idea never went through however due to budget issues and even revealed that the original U.S. movie poster had his name and his production company Billionfold Inc. on it, until they were removed in later posters in copyright favor of both Pathé and Action Synthese's credits. The US version of the film redubs a majority of the cast with celebrity voices that are most well-known in the US (Chevy Chase, Jimmy Fallon, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Hader, Judi Dench, John Krasinski, William H. Macy, Kevin Smith and Jon Stewart), the only voice being retained is Ian McKellen due to his high celebrity status in the US. Kylie Minogue was also brought in to re-record all of her dialogue with an American accent. While the original UK dubbed version received mostly positive reviews, the US version has become pretty infamous for its an overabundance of pop culture references and flatulence jokes, Butch Hartman revealed in a 2017 interview during the Weinstein scandal and the MeToo and Time's Up movement that his actual script was actually re-written, and even re-recorded, without his consent by Harvey Weinstein and his distribution and production company The Weinstein Company with a screenplay by Hoodwinked! co-director Cory Edwards. At least 3% of his actual script made it into the final cut.
|Image||Character||Original Actor||UK Version||Doogal|
|Dougal||Henri Salvador||Robbie Williams||Daniel Tay|
|Florence||Vanessa Paradis||Kylie Minogue|
|Dylan||Eddy Mitchell||Bill Nighy||Jimmy Fallon|
|Brian||Dany Boon||Jim Broadbent||William H. Macy|
|Ermintrude||Valérie Lemercier||Joanna Lumley||Whoopi Goldberg|
|Train||N/A||Lee Evans||Chevy Chase|
|Zebedee||Élie Semoun||Ian McKellen|
|Zeebad||Michel Galabru||Tom Baker||Jon Stewart|
|Soldier Sam||Gérard Jugnot||Ray Winstone||Bill Hader|
|Carol||Daniella Loftus||Heidi Brook Myers|
|Basil||Ediz Mahmut||Eric Robinson|
|Mr. Rusty||Jimmy Hibbert||Cory Edwards|
|Mr. Grimsdale||John Krasinski|
- In the original trailer for Doogal, the titular character was voiced by an adult male actor.
- There are a few instances in the US version where the British voices can still be heard.
- Almost every instant of Zebedee saying "Roundabout" is cut in the US version, likely due to the word being uncommon in the US and Ian McKellen being unavailable to record any re-takes.
|The Weinstein Company||2006||Doogal||1