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by Michael Berick
Dougie is a little boy with a big imagination. These Dougie In Disguise discs share his many adventures, from being a gardener to, appropriately enough for Los Angeles viewers, a film director. In each of the short episodes (around 7 minutes each), Dougie and his trusty doggie Tim take off on flights of his imagination. One of the cute things about these episodes is that they frequently end with Dougie starting to recount his adventure to his mother – just like a child would in real life.
This show comes from Spain, although the characters speak with charming English accents. The animation is simple yet colorful, which works well for its intended preschool audience. There are some similarities to the Dora the Explorer series. Both lead characters go on adventures with sidekicks and both ask for viewer assistance. In Dougie, kids can “select” items to help Dougie and his pals. This show is a little more basic overall; however, it is the type of program that would fit in fine on PBS Sprout, Nick Jr. or Disney Junior.
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