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(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] (1hr 10min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 24, 2006
70 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG ["Hard" PG*] -- The strongest presence in this film is the use of magic to do things.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Action Films, Bolex Brothers, Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Pathé Renn Productions, Pricel, The Weinstein Company LLC, UK Film Council
Distribution (US): The Weinstein Company LLC
Producer(s): Jake Eberts, Cameron McCracken, Laurent Rodon
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The MPAA. What were they thinking? In this G-rated Doogal there is impalement murder of a character, many attempted killings, a sword coming within a inch of a character's face, spears and arrows being thrust at characters and more. With a final score of 70, Doogal is undeniably equivalent to "hardcore" PG. And these matters are not to mention all the evil magic and the use of and calling on unholy magic to do good [Isa. 5:20]. Not only did Doogal have a wizard, Zeebad, doing evil with "magic", the film had a wizard, Zebadee, using evil (witchcraft/sorcery/wizardry) to do good, thus serving evil.

First, a short sermon.

About magic. Jesus used "magic." He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, made the lame walk and the blind see with His "magic." Often with a simple thought or word. And He gave His power to mortal men, the disciples in particular. Did He sin in using "magic?" Would the angels have sinned with their "magic" as they caught Jesus if He had taken Satan's dare to jump off the highest pinnacle in Matthew 4:5 and 4:6? Of course not. The issue of the holiness (or unholiness) of "magic" power is not so much the use of it or the user. The issue is the source of the power. And if the source is not God, it is Satan who has such power which is second only to God's power.

God condemns wizardry and all other forms of unholy "magic arts." Revelation 21:8 (KJV) "But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [the NIV calls it "magic arts" which includes witches, warlocks, wizards, sorcerers, spiritists, diviners, necromancers, etc.], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Such flippant disregard for His Word in and as entertainment which is clearly directed at children is not only a sign of the times [2Tim. 3:1 - 5] and an "exchange [of] the truth of God for a lie" [Rom. 1:25], it is a serious violation of Luke 17:2. Doogal might indeed serve to desensitize the young viewer regarding the Truth and confound his/her Spiritual development.

A word about a "good" wizard. Since God condemns wizardry, there is no such thing as a "good" wizard (or witch or sorcerer, etc.). Though the "good" wizard in the story does what seem to be good and noble things on the surface with his wizardry, it is still wizardry.

The dissonance created here between God's Word condemning wizardry and this film plus many others making wizardry, witchcraft, sorcery, etc. seem a good thing is indeed a hard thing to dissolve, especially for those who don't yet even know how to spell "wizardry." I know some do not believe in God's Word or even God, but disbelief in Him will not make Him go away as we will all witness first-hand just on the other side of our last breath when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. [Rom. 14:11, Phil. 2:10 - 11] I am ready for it. Are you?

End of sermon.

Doogal (voice of Daniel Tay), the shaggy dog has a close friend, Florence (not credited). The pair have been BFF for a very long time. They live in a village in a land of peace and comfort amidst an explosion of color.

All the people of the village live in safety under the watchful eye of the "good" wizard, Zebadee (voice of Ian McKellen) who protects the people from the bad wizard, Zeebad (voice of Jon Stewart).

Each wizard is of quaint construction. Each has only a head, a torso and bounces around on a spring instead of having legs. Zeebad is a dark and faint blue wizard while the "good wizard" is a deep red color. I wonder if there is any connection intended between Zebadee and the other "wizard" of which we are aware that is portrayed typically with dark red skin. As might be typical of evil, since Zeebad thinks he is supreme over Zebadee Zeebad calls himself "Lord of the Springs."

Doogal loves candy. One of his trouble-making escapades was tricking a traveling candy vendor. Doogal left a tack in the road to flatten the tire on the motorized candy cart. Thinking that once the cart was stopped, he could offer to watch the cart and help himself to the goodies while the vendor sought aid. During Doogal's mischief with the candy cart, he messes with things on the motorized cart and wreaks havoc with it.

By his misdeeds, Doogal set into motion a new ice age and a battle between Zebadee and Zeebad. By wrecking the motorized cart, Doogal shatters the top of the town merry-go-round which imprisoned Zeebad.

Once freed, Zeebad begins his quest to conquer the world by freezing it. He starts with the merry-go-round with kids on it. Florence is one of them. Now Doogal realizes he must make atonements and get Florence freed from the icy grip of the evil wizard and return the land to the lush green land it once was.

According to an old legend, three diamonds -- one red, one blue and one yellow -- hidden in the territory around the village are all that will break the evil spell of Zeebad. Doogal sets out to find the three diamonds with his friends: Brian the snail (voice of William H. Macy), Dylan the rock-n-roll rabbit (voice of Jimmy Fallon) and the singing cow Ermintrude (voice of Whoopi Goldberg). Together this rag-tag band of diamond seekers, with the help of a rickety train (voice of Chevy Chase), trek the perils of the surrounding land to find and bring back the three magic diamonds.

The strongest presence in this film is the use of magic to do things. Some good, some bad. There are no uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, no sexually oriented programming or images whatsoever. The film is 100% free of any presentation of alcohol or drugs. Violence is indeed graphic at times as described at the beginning of this report.

A few other things. A gas-passing moose (voice of Kevin Smith) aids in directing the band of diamond seekers. Dylan (with some help) does battle with a gaggle of rather menacing skeletons. The murdered character, Soldier Sam (voice of Bill Hader) is resurrected. The diamond seekers risk their lives crossing a flimsy stone bridge across a river of lava far below. A long sequence of "Indiana Jones (tm)" type booby trap peril give the film a rather harsh feel. As the train rattles down tracks in an underground tunnel, the train makes the comment "I'm always getting the shaft" (I wonder how many of our readers know what "getting the shaft" means? ). The train also "toots."

The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will present all that was noted.


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  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Matt. 4:5 - 6 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  • Rom. 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie...
  • Rom. 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me [that will be Jesus who will sit on the Throne of Judgment], and every tongue shall confess to God.
  • Phil. 2:10 - 11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 - 5 [KJV] This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection [homosexual, lesbian, bestiality, etc.], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [brutal, sadistic], despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [Sunday-only and counterfeit Christians]: from such turn away. [NIV] But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    Doogal (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • threat of death and/or harm to others, repeatedly
  • action peril, repeatedly
  • stabbing threats
  • sequence of "Indiana Jones (TM)" booby trap threats
  • many attempted killings

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • deceit for gain leading to property loss
  • flatulence, repeatedly
  • body exudates humor
  • "Always getting the shaft"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • dreamstate evil
  • "good" wizard
  • calling on unholy spirit for help
  • evil "magic", repeatedly
  • levitation, repeatedly
  • "magic" to create
  • battle/attack with "magic", repeatedly
  • fighting skeletons
  • evil "magic" as good
  • unholy resurrection of a character form the dead

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • one murder of a character

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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