Doug's 1st Movie
|Doug's 1st Movie|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Maurice Joyce|
|Produced by||David Campbell
|Screenplay by||Ken Scarborough|
|Based on||Disney's Doug
by Jim Jinkins
|Music by||Mark Watters|
|Editing by||Alysha Cohen
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures
A. Film A/S
Disney Toon Studios
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Running time||77 minutes|
Doug's 1st Movie (at times promoted as The First Doug Movie Ever) is a 1999 animated film based on the Disney version of Nickelodeon's Doug television series. The film was directed by Maurice Joyce, and stars the regular television cast of Tom McHugh, Fred Newman, Chris Phillips, Constance Shulman, Frank Welker, Alice Playten, and Guy Hadley. It was produced by Jumbo Pictures and Disney Toon Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 26, 1999.
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The School Dance is coming up. Doug signs him and Patti up to be the planners and Doug wanted to be with Patti.
Later that night, Doug and Skeeter discover a monster that lives in Lucky Duck Lake. At first they are scared of him, but they later on find him to be nice. But, the monster is proof that Bill Bluff is polluting the lake which created this monster. The Monster almost eats the book Moby Dick, but Skeeter stops him and says, "Stop! You almost ate Herman Melville", and the monster responded, so they name him Herman Melville. They show it to Mrs. Dink, who's the mayor. She tells Doug and Skeeter not to tell anyone about Herman and the polluted lake or else Mr. Bluff will kill the story. Mrs. Dink tries to come up with a plan to make sure Mr. Bluff would not interfere. But all this commotion with the monster makes Doug forget that he was supposed to meet Patti at Mr. Swirly's. When he remembers this, he runs to Swirly's as fast as he can using the quickest shortcuts that he knows. Once he gets there, he doesn't see Patti. He asks Mr. Swirly if he's seen her, and he says that she was here for a while and looked very upset, and then left with a guy who kept talking about his big plans for a dance. When Doug heard this, he knew that this guy was no one else but Guy Graham, a snobby upper class man who wants Patti. Meanwhile, Roger and the AV nerds are building a robot to kidnap Herman, but when they build the robot it acts like Roger's babysitter.
Doug then rushes to the night club, where Guy and Patti are working on the dance. He apologizes to Patti there and she accepts his apology. But Guy cuts in and says that Doug is just a stupid little kid. Doug, very angry now, says that he has proof that Bluff is polluting the lake (Doug goes against Mrs. Dink's warning). Guy then calls Doug a liar. Doug then invites them both to the report that is being held in front of Mr. Dink's house about Herman and the pollution. Doug then leaves, but the picture of Herman's foot falls out of his pocket without him knowing. Guy picks up the picture and realizes that Doug was telling the truth; he then calls Bluff, with whom he has connections to. The next day, Patti asked Doug to bring Guy. Doug allows it in hopes to get back at him; however, Doug is unaware that Guy already knows the truth about Herman. At the reporting, Doug sees that a news reporters camera is inflatable. He then realizes that the news company is a fake, that it is supporting Bill Bluff and trying to compensate the monster. Doug then has to tell everyone that there has been a mistake, Patti gets mad at him, thinks that he is a liar and walks away with Guy.
The next day, Doug disguise Herman as a school student. Causing everyone to like Herman. Doug tries to talk to Patti; however, Patti refuses to talk to Doug and thinks Doug is seeing another girl. Later that night, Doug blames Herman for ruining everything; however, Herman shows Doug that the lake is polluted and he can't come back. Doug realizes he was a selfish jerk to Herman. Suddenly, Bluff finds the boys with Herman and kidnaps the monster. Doug has a guilt-ridden nightmare and he realizes that he was using Herman to impress Patti and he didn't think about Herman's safety. The next morning, Doug knows that this is his last chance to save Herman. He goes to the school newspaper room, hoping to find Guy who can lead him to Bluff. Hoping he can asked Guy for help and he was going to swallow his meaningless pride for nothing because Guy wasn't going to help him. Guy isn't in the room, but Doug sees a newspaper article that says that Mr. Bluff and his men blast a monster to smithereens at a school dance. Doug is at first sad and believes that Herman has died (Despite the fact that he said the paper was the paper for the next week), but he then realizes that the school dance isn't until tonight and this is what is being planned to happen so, Doug and Skeeter call Roger and The Sleech twins to help. At the school dance, he has to make the biggest choice of his life, going after Patti or saving Herman. When he does that, Bluff catches the quintet in front of Crystal Lake and starts to enslave them, but is stopped by Mrs. Dink. Beebe arrives and forces her father off of the scene to defend her friends. Doug then finds Patti in front of the woods and Doug tries to tell her he is in love with her but is interrupted by Herman. With the return of Herman and a copy of the newspaper Patti sees that Doug had been telling her the truth all along and dumps Guy. Also Skeeter gives Herman the Moby Dick book for something to eat in the lake and Herman also gives Doug a flower to give to Porkchop to which Porkchop comes running out of the woods into Herman's arms. The kids say goodbye to Herman; after Herman jumps back into the lake, Doug tells Patti he likes her and Roger becomes friends with Doug, but is interrupted by the robot. Doug starts dancing with Patti and Skeeter dances with Beebe as the music continues in the background. It is said that Mr. Bluff is going to clean up the Lucky Duck Lake.
Doug closes his journal by saying he was worried about looking like a loser and he learns to do the right thing.
- Tom McHugh as Doug Funnie, Lincoln
- Fred Newman as Skeeter Valentine, Mr. Dink, Porkchop, Ned
- Chris Phillips as Roger Klotz, Boomer, Larry, Mr. Chiminy
- Constance Shulman as Patti Mayonnaise
- Frank Welker as Herman Melville
- Alice Playten as Beebe Bluff, Elmo
- Guy Hadley as Guy Graham
- Doug Preis as Mr. Funnie, Mr. Bluff, Willie, Chalky, Bluff Agent
- Eddie Korbich as Al & Moo Sleech, Robocrusher
- David O'Brien as Quailman Announcer
- Doris Belack as Mayor Tippi Dink
- Greg Lee as Principal White
- Fran Brill as Mrs. Perigrew
Nickelodeon set out to do a Doug film in 1993, to be released by 20th Century Fox, along with films based on Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show, but the plans fell through and the films were never produced (with the exception of Rugrats, which got The Rugrats Movie by Paramount Pictures), When The Walt Disney Company bought Jumbo Pictures along with the cartoon, they decided to revive the project for the Doug film. This film was originally planned as a direct-to-video release under the title The First Doug Movie Ever, but due to the success of The Rugrats Movie, it was released theatrically. The film was released on VHS on September 21, 1999, and on DVD as part of the Disney Movie Club on July 20, 2012. The DVD used the TV edit version, rather than the original version, while it contained fade-ins and fade-outs of various parts, and the credit animation is sped up. It is also available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and various TV video on demand services for digital rental or purchase.
Doug's 1st Movie has met with generally negative reviews by critics. The film garnered a 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 9 of a total 34 reviews being determined as positive. Many noted that the film felt too much like an extended episode of the show (story and animation-wise) and many mention that the film should have stayed a direct-to-video release. The film's critical and financial performance consequently led Disney to scrap its plans for anymore Doug films.
Doug's 1st Movie opened at #5 in its opening weekend with $4,470,489, for an average of $1,971 from a very wide 2,268 theaters. The film grossed $19,440,089.
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