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Coming to DVD: Magic Roundabout's Dougal and the Blue Cat movie (1972)


Quite possibly the strangest kid's movie ever made is heading to DVD for the very first time - Magic Roundabout's Dougal and the Blue Cat movie.

Originally produced in 1972, it underwent the same treatment as the TV shows - created in France by Serge Danot, then re-written in English by Eric Thompson. Thompson himself did all the voices, except one - the creepy Madame Blue, which was voiced by Fenella Fielding. But that's only half the tale.

The story is just plain weird and ever so slightly creepy. There's a new arrival in the Magic Garden, a blue cat called Buxton. Dougal is suspicious when he notices Buxton is talking to the 'Blue Voice'. Soon after, Zebedee's moustache is hijacked, the friends end up in a dungeon and Dougal is sent to the moon. Can Dougal save the garden and the day?

Told you it was weird. This new version by Second Sight has been newly-restored and has bonus features including interviews with Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson, Fenella Fielding and Mark Kermode. Interestingly, there's also the French version, complete with English subtitles, plus a stills gallery.

Look out for it on 1st November 2010, Amazon is currently doing discounted pre-orders for £9.93.

Find out more about the DVD at the Amazon website


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