On the Big Board
|It's only charming with the British voices. But that's the version I saw, so...
|Colorful, heartwarming family fare works well. Note: the British version available on DVD is vastly superior to the American, Jimmy Fallon one.
This animated film is based on a cult children's television show that was popular in Britain during the 1960s. The voice actors include a variety of some of the most popular performers in the UK, such as Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen and Robbie Williams.
As the story begins, an evil being called Zeebad has risen up with the insidious plan of taking over the Enchanted Village as his own icy kingdom. A group of unlikely heroes - Brian the snail, a cow named Ermintrude, Dylan the rabbit, and a dog named Doogal - will have the responsibility of finding three magical stones that are scattered throughout the land. If they can restore them to a thing called the Magic Roundabout, flowers and grass will be able to grow again and their oppressor's plot will be thwarted.
It all sounds and looks quite charming, though for North American audiences who are unfamiliar with the series, it might be a tough sell. The film hasn't necessarily been all that well received in its native Britain by those who have fond memories of the series, but that won't really be a hurdle for it on U.S. shores. (Kim Hollis/BOP)