Doogal (lost original Butch Hartman version of animated film; 2006)
Doogal is a 2006 animated film produced by the Weinstein Company that was edited and re-dubbed from the 2005 French-British animated film known as The Magic Roundabout based on the stop-motion series of the same name.
The film was conceived when Harvey Weinstein acquired the rights to The Magic Roundabout. He approached The Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman to re-work the film. Hartman's initial idea to re-work The Magic Roundabout was to add in a live-action frame story that would've involved an elderly man reading the story of the film to his grandchild, similar to that of The Princess Bride; this idea never went through however due to budget issues.
Butch was having to re-write the whole film script line per line with some changes to the dialogue to make it more appealing to American audiences. His original script was also meant to stay in sync with the animation, unlike the final version. Much of his script was even recorded by the actors who star in the film, with most of them being directed by Hartman himself.
When the film was released, much of Hartman's original material was re-written and re-recorded without his consent. Only about 3% of his material ever made it into the final version. The final film has an overabundance of pop culture references and flatulence jokes, neither of which were presumably present in Hartman's script. The film was received very poorly by critics and has been regarded as one of the worst animated films ever made.
As of 2017, little to no material from Butch's original version has ever been released. A few possible examples of Hartman's version can be seen in The Making of Doogal on the DVD.
- "Sprung! The Magic Roundabout", Film Review, Issues 652–657, Page 35, 2005