Here’s a genuine lost gem of animated filmmaking, finally being given a home video release of the calibre it deserves. I haven’t seen the film such my last VHS machine died, but before that, Dougal and the Blue Cat was a real favourite – particularly on the night before a general election. I’ll tell you more about it when the disc is with us, but for now, here’s what you can expect in the release:
Serge Danot’s original French language version
Eric Thompson’s incredible English language version
Interview with Eric’s family, Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson and Phyllida Law
Interview with co-star Fenella Fielding
Interview with be-quiffed, famous fan Mark Kermode
Lobby card and stills gallery
Kermode has described his contribution as a commentary, not an interview, but I think he was wrong and the listing above is right.
UPDATE: Here’s the up-to-date special features listing, as sent to me by Second Sight today. You’ll notice, amongst other things, that Sophie Thompson is no longer listed as taking part; she was, sadly, not available.
Original French Version with English subtitles
Thompson and The Magic Roundabout featuring interviews with Emma Thompson, Phyllida Law and Fenella Fielding.
Mark Kermode on Dougal and The Blue Cat
Lobby Card and Stills Gallery
This remastered special edition will be released by Second Sight on November 1st. It’s already available for pre-order and even if you’re not here in the UK, there’s nothing stopping you from importing.