Legend tells of three magic diamonds that, if in the wrong hands, can be united to create a force powerful enough to freeze the sun. When the evil sorcerer Zeebad (Jon Stewart) escapes from his ancient prison, he vows to exact revenge by deep-freezing the earth forever. Determined to save the world, a fellowship of four unlikely heroes band together to foil Zeebad’s villainous plot. Led by the candy-loving mutt Doogal (Daniel Tay), friends Dylan (Jimmy Fallon), Brian (William H. Macy) and Ermintrude (Whoopi Goldberg) all embark on an epic adventure to save the world. In order to find the diamonds before Zeebad, they must climb icy mountains, navigate fiery pits of molten lava, sail across vast oceans and pass through a booby-trapped temple guarded by an army of ninja skeleton warriors. Along the way they learn that the most powerful weapon is their friendship, which even Zeebad’s evil magic cannot destroy.
The kids will love “Doogal” and it seems like a perfect match for the tots all the way to about age eight or so. The characters are fun to watch and the film includes the voice talents of Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and other well known actors. There is mild violence with an evil character and his tin soldier trying to secure some magic diamonds before the good guys do. But there is nothing frightening and there were even some toddlers in the screening I saw, and none of them seemed scared. The movie references other famous films such as “Lord of the Rings” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and that will delight some viewers. All in all, a pleasant film for the kiddies.