Doug's 1st Movie

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Doug's 1st Movie
Genre: Animated comedy
Starring: Tom McHugh
Fred Newman
Chris Phillips
Constance Shulman
Frank Welker
Doug Preis
Guy Hadley
Alice Playten
Photography: Color
Release Date: March 26, 1999
Country: United States

Doug's 1st Movie (also known as Doug's First Movie) is a 1999 animated film based on the Disney version of the Nickelodeon television series Template:Best 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 Buena Vista, and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 26, 1999.


Doug and his friends find a "monster" living in the woods outside their town, but when they find the monster is actually kind of nice, they find themselves hunted by "bad guys" who want the monster. In addition, Doug has to compete for the attention of Patti Mayonnaise with a snobby 8th grader, Guy Graham. Will Doug get to take Patti to the Valentine's Day dance?

Bad Qualities

  1. Poorly written plot.
  2. Convoulted storyline.
  3. Some of the scenes defy logic to some extent:
    1. The mayor never gets anything right.
    2. Roger and his goons build a "Robo-Crusher" and a shrinking ray, neither of which gets them any recognition or fame, nor do they try to use them to get famous. Also, Roger's friends repeatedly defy him for no apparent reason by building the Robo-Crusher to be much smaller than he wanted, shrinking him when he demands they make him a bigger one, and apparently programming the robot to be a harmless robot maid.
    3. Many of the students, as well as the school faculty, believe that Doug's monster (disguised as a girl) is an actual girl.
    4. An entire squad of armed soldiers show up at the dance in plain sight, and no one questions it.
  4. Overused and pointless fantasy sequences of Doug that are dragged on for way too long.
  5. Infuriatingly dim-witted characters.
  6. In one scene, Doug and Skeeter look at a photo and then it dissolves to one second later. Why was the dissolve needed?
  7. The characters talk about the place the dance is being held called "Funky Town", but the "N" is barely audible, making it sound like a curse word.
  8. Despite the fantasy sequences, this movie feels out-of-pace by adding a monster in it due the actual TV show focusing on the realistic setting.
  9. Misleading title: Despite being called "Doug's 1st Movie", it is the only Doug film to be ever produced.
    • This is completely ironic, as Disney would usually make direct-to-video sequels to their movies, but they didn't do it for Doug.

Good Qualities

  1. Decent animation, which is a nice step-up for both TV shows.
  2. The ending isn't too bad.
  3. Like both TV shows, the voice-acting is good.
  4. There are no plot holes in the movie.
  5. Pretty decent soundtrack.
  6. There are some genuinely funny moments:
    • The scene where Skeeter does his silly noises while he's being interviewed was entertaining
    • Another funny scene where Mr. Dink introduces Doug and Skeeter to his "Virtual Reality" which shows them standing in his living room.
    • To be fair, the robot scenes were pretty funny.


  • The movie was originally intended to be direct-to-video, however Disney decided to instead release it to cinemas due to the success of The Rugrats Movie.
  • As mentioned earlier, it is the only Doug movie to be ever produced.

Critical reception

The film garnered a 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critic consensus reads: "Doug's 1st Movie is a long snooze fest that should never have made it to the big screen."

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18 months ago
Score 1
Disney presents: Doug's 1st and last movie.


3 months ago
Score 0
Better yet, "Doug's Only Movie"

Kiyah Walter

9 months ago
Score -2
Opinion Respected (Childhood)


9 months ago
Score 0


8 months ago
Score 0


5 months ago
Score 0
But wait a minute... how did the film flop at the box office? Even if you ignore the Wikipedia article where a $5 million budget is mentioned (without sources), you can still tell that this production cost very little to make; plus, Box Office Mojo mentions that it made whopping $19 million on the box office!! Maybe we should say that there were no more sequel because Disney realized that there was no potential? (or saw the negative reviews, if they were any)


one day 14 hours 22 minutes ago
Score 0
No, I'd say there was no sequel because of the legal issues regarding Doug. It originally premiered on Nickelodeon, and was moved to Disney several years later.

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