"Doogal" is the laziest, most disheartening kind of animated film for kids: one that seems interested in entertaining them only on the most fundamental level (through colorful talking animals and flatulence jokes) while frantically cramming in as many pop-culture references as possible to preoccupy their parents.
With its smugly self-referential manner, distractingly disproportionate characters and celebrity vocal cast that deserves better, "Doogal" could very easily be mistaken for "Hoodwinked," the Little Red Riding Hood rip-off that also came from the Weinstein Co. this year. (There's even a cutesy little dig at Disney, from which Miramax founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein splashily defected in 2005. Truly, at this point, who cares?)
The movie is about a little girl (Kylie Minogue), her dog (Daniel Tay) and their buddies -- Ermintrude the cow (Whoopi Goldberg), Brian the snail (William H. Macy) and Dylan the rabbit (Jimmy Fallon) -- living in an idyllic hamlet that appears to be devoid of adults.
There's a good wizard named Zebedee (Ian McKellen) and an evil wizard named Zeebad (Jon Stewart), who wants to freeze the world with the help of three magical diamonds.