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      Dot and the Kangaroo

      1977 1h 20m Kids & Family Adventure List
      Reviews 76% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Little lost Dot meets a helpful kangaroo in the Australian outback. Read More Read Less

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      Andrew F. Peirce The Curb If there's an enduring message in Dot and the Kangaroo that is worth remembering, it's that we;re not alone on this planet, and that there is a whole ecosystem that exists outside of our four walled neon lit environments that we call work and home. Apr 4, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This children's film is part animation with live backdrops. It's a pro-nature story about a little girl who gets lost in the forest and befriends a kangaroo. It's very Australian and I'm sure very small children will love it. Not surprisingly for the 70's, it gets pretty depressing, what with little Dot crying at the beginning and then crying at the ending. But the songs along the way are adorable and thankfully the film is somewhat educational. The evil spirit of the forest sequence is actually quite creepy. Well done, Mates! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I always loved the Dot cartoons when I was young. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this movie as a little girl and LOVED IT! It has stuck with me all these years as one of the best movies of my childhood! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved This Growing up! Excellent Show! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member waaay ahead of its time but cute none the less. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of those weird re-discoveries via Netflix. My wife says this was one of her favorite movies as a very small child. Kinda a weird one. It's a very sweet story about a kid that gets lost in the woods where a kindly kangaroo takes care of her. It's hard to review this one without taking into account the timeframe in which it was made. The filmmakers applied standard hand drawn animation cels over backgrounds which were shot with normal cinematography, so the look is somewhat akin to those Sesame Street shorts where they would take one of their animated characters and try to have it interact with live footage of a dolphin or something like that. In short, the look is a bit clumsy, and it's hard not to be distracted by that. The pacing is a bit slow, and there is a very awkward fascination with very simple animation cycles that have a tendency to become very repetitive. I'd say that the music is a saving grace here. It's got a very sweet, very cute, very catchy silliness to it that's pretty charming. But all in all, the repeated animation cycles make everything feel like its going on way too long, and the artistry is honestly not particularly detailed. So it takes patience to get what's in there, and what's in there isn't particularly original. It's not horrible, but believe, me, it helps if you have something similar to my wife's nostalgic affection for the film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Little lost Dot meets a helpful kangaroo in the Australian outback.
      Director
      Yoram Gross
      Producer
      Sandra Gross, Yoram Gross
      Screenwriter
      John Palmer, Ethel Pedley
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 26, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 20m