Doogal

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  • Directed By: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
  • Written By: Serge Danot, Cory Edwards, Butch Hartman, Tad Safran, Raoff Sanoussi, Stephane Sanoussi, Nishit Shah
  • Release Date: February 24, 2006
  • Domestic Distributor: The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart

Box Office Info:
Budget: $20 millionFinanced by: Pathé
Domestic Gross: $7,417,319Overseas Gross: $19,273,924


Released in most of the world in 2005 as Sprung! The Magic Roundabout, the film was re-edited and dubbed by American actors for the US release and re-titled Doogal.  Pathé majority financed the $20 million animated film and Miramax picked up US distribution rights.  When the Weinsteins left Miramax and formed The Weinstein Company, Doogal was released by TWC.

The Magic Roundabout received passable reviews from critics and Pathé distributed in the UK and France, where the film saw its best results.  The France gross was $6,096,940 and the UK pulled in $10,957,566.  This comprised most of the weak $19.2 million overseas total.

The US version Doogal was not screened for critics, but eventually received scathing reviews after being re-edited to add pop-culture and fart jokes — and is largely looked at as one of the worst children cartoons to land a theatrical release.  It was booked into 2,318 theaters to a market saturated with family pics — Eight Below, The Pink Panther and Curious George.  It bowed against Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion and Running Scared.  Doogal was dead on arrival with $3,605,899 — placing #8 for the weekend led by Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion.  The toon fell 45.4% in its second weekend to $1,968,341 and then sank 80.6% in its third session to $381,772.  Doogal left theaters with only $7,417,319.  TWC would see returned about $4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their P&A spend and acquisition cost.

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