Doogal is a stupid movie. It was so bad that Pookie did not even care when we turned it off at the end. The plot is incredibly dull and predictable. Everything happens in 15-60 second scenes. There is a ton of side chatter that is meant to entertain the adults. And, that is where part of my biggest problem with the movie comes in.
Most of the movie was geered towards adults. There were references to The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few. All of these movies are at least PG-13. I should not have to worry about my kid asking what the rabbit means when he says “There is no spoon” in a G rated movie. There were also a few scenes where a bunch of skeletons chase the heroes trying to kill them. The skeletons even mention that they are trying to kill them. People trying to murder each other should not occur in G rate movies. We had to skip through several scenes and my wife plans on trying to return the movie.
Just because the characters are animated does not mean that my 3 year olds should be watching it without Parental Guidance because Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children. Don’t they have a rating for those kinds of movies besides G?
Update: Thanks Todd for reminding us that Curious George is a great movie for young kids. I wrote a review for Curious George when it first came out in the movies. Great kid fun and well deserving of a G rating.