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Composer: Mark Thomas
Artists: Mark Thomas, The Archies, T. Rex, Andrea Remanda and Goldust, James L. Venable, John M. Davis, Danail Getz, and The Kinks
Label: Milan M2-36164 (2006)
Running Length: 55 minutes
_Doogal_ is an animated, feature-length film based on “The Magic Roundabout,” a popular British television series of years ago. “Roundabout” in the U.S. can mean a traffic circle, while in Britain, it is a carousel. Doogal is a dog from the carousel and this story has him, plus three friends, Dylan, Brian and Ermintrude going on an adventure. They have to find three magic diamonds before an evil sorcerer does, because the bad guy can freeze the earth. Voices are by William H. Macy, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Dame Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. The film is rated G.
Mark Thomas does a stellar job of writing original music, and selecting music for the Doogal soundtrack. In fact, the interludes written by Thomas are similar to Howard Shore’s music from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and this is praise. Tracks 17-23 could form a small orchestral suite. An orchestra did record the soundtrack and I wonder what the person mentioned as “Orchestra Wrangler” did?
Not only is there a theme for Doogal, but also the Kinks “You Really Get Me” is appealing as is “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies. Andrea Remanda and Goldust have written several selections for the soundtrack, including “The Magic Roundabout,” “Spinning,” and “Simply Wonderful.” This is lively, melodic music appealing for children (and adults). Also Remanda and Goldust wrote three selections, which are used as bonus tracks, “Lean Mean Fighting Machine,” “Believe Yourself,” and “Bust This Joint,” in the same happy mode.
Doogal is a soundtrack that could be used as an educational tool for children, as there is a mix of popular music and music that borders on the classical. What a clever idea to use in introducing children to orchestra music.
Copyright 2006 Marie Asner