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Sugar?! Who need's sugar? Not me!
~ Dougal

Dougal (also spelled as Doogal in the US) is the main protagonist of The Magic Roundabout/Le Manège enchanté franchise.

He serves as the main protagonist of the original series as well its film adaptation Dougal and The Blue Cat. He was later the main protagonist of Pathé's second full-length animated feature film The Magic Roundabout/Pollux - Le manège enchanté and its redub (Doogal), the 2005 film adaptation of the original series and the 2007 television series that followed it.

He was voiced by the late Jacques Bodoin in the original French series until 1966 where he was replaced by the late Bernard Haller and later Christian Riehl. As with every other character he was voiced by the late Eric Thompson in the English dub and Dougal and The Blue Cat until 1992 when he was replaced by Nigel Planer.

In the 2005 film, he was voiced by the late Henri Salvador in the original French release and by Robbie Williams in the English dub.

In Doogal, he was voiced by Daniel Tay.

In the 2007 revival series, he was voiced by David Holt in the English dub and by Martial Le Minoux in the French dub.

Background

He is a dog that loves to eat sugar cubes and sweets. He causes trouble for his friends. His best friend is Florence, a young girl, whom he loves dearly. He even has a picture of her next to his bed and likes to pick flowers for her. He especially loves her to stroke his fur. He is a very sarcastic dog and complains a lot about life and his friends, but he still loves them in his strange little way. Dougal can also be a jealous dog, which became very obvious when Buxton, the Blue Cat, appeared. He instantly became suspicious of the Blue Cat, which everyone put down to jealousy. But Dougal's initial thoughts were true...that cat was trouble, which was realised when Buxton took over the surrounding area and imprisoned all of Dougal’s friends. Now, Dougal isn’t the bravest dog in the world, but when his friends are threatened his brave streak shines through. He infiltrated the Blue Cat’s lair by dying himself blue and calling himself Blue Peter. He even had to prove he wasn’t Dougal by being imprisoned in the torture chamber, a room full of sugar. Dougal resisted the temptation of eating the sugar and became Buxton’s closest friend and was given the position of Prime Minister. From this power of authority Dougal rescued his friends and defeated Buxton.

Physical Appearance

Dougal is a small dog with a yellowish face, a big black nose, black eyes (brown in the 2006 movie) and long light brown fur.

Personality

She must be petrified...
~ Dougal worrying about Florence

In most appearances such as The Magic Roundabout movie, Dougal is a cheeky, kind, lively, sarcastic, very selfless and lovable dog. He is loyal and a troublemaker. He is at times selfish. He's sometimes deceitful and will do all kinds of things to get sugar. He cares about Florence more than anything and worries quite a lot. (in the British version) He is at times cowardly. He felt guilty for his wrong action in the movie and felt devastated.

In the movie "Doogal" he has a different personality.

Spin-offs

2005 Film

Dougal is the main protagonist of the 2005 British-French film Doogal (The Magic Roundabout in UK). Here, he and his friends team up to stop Zeebad from creating another ice age and rescue Florence who is trapped on the roundabout which was frozen over by Zeebad. He and the gang pass through a dangerous volcano and a dangerous jungle filled with booby traps to get to Zeebad. He and the gang are able to defeat Zeebad and rescue Florence, bringing back peace to the village and including the carousel.

He is set to appear in the prequel of the CGI film.

Voice actors

  • Jacques Bodoin (French. 1963-1966. TV series)
  • Bernard Haller (French. 1966. TV series)
  • Christian Riehl (French. 1966-1990)
  • Henri Salvador (French. movie)
  • Martial Le Minoux (French. 2007 series)
  • Robbie Williams (UK dub. Movie)
  • Daniel Tay (American dubbing. Movie)

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See also

Trivia

  • He seems to be younger in Doogal.
  • He is known in other countries as Pollux (France) and Bobo (Italy).

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