Disney and Jumbo Pictures Get Animated This March With the Theatrical Release of "Doug's 1st Movie".
This exciting new full-length animated adventure marks the big- screen debut for Doug and the lovable cast of characters who appear regularly on the television series "Disney's Doug." That series, which ranks as one of the most popular animated shows ever, airs six days a week on the ABC network and in syndication.
The popularity of "Disney's Doug" has played a significant role in establishing "Disney's One Saturday Morning" on ABC as the No. 1 broadcasting lineup for kids since 1997. The show also has a large international following and ranks as one of the top-rated children's shows around the world.
"Doug's 1st Movie" follows the misadventures of Doug Funnie, an imaginative and quirky 12-1/2-year-old, who finds himself caught between saving the endangered "monster" of Lucky Duck Lake and his burning desire to take Patti Mayonnaise (his secret crush) to the school dance.
When Doug and his best pal, Skeeter, discover that the mythical monster is real, they also stumble across an elaborate cover-up by one of Bluffington's leading citizens. Adding to Doug's dilemma is Guy Graham, a slick upperclassman, who wants Patti for himself.
The film is produced and executive-produced by Jinkins and Campbell and directed by Maurice Joyce. Jack Spillum and Melanie Grisanti also serve as producers.
Commenting on the announcement, Roth said: "Doug is one of the most popular animated characters currently on television, and this new feature-length adventure is sure to be a favorite with the show's legion of fans around the world. The folks at Jumbo Pictures have come up with a first-rate film, and from the moment we saw it, we knew it belonged on the big screen.
"`Doug's 1st Movie' is a great way to showcase this terrific cast of characters, and we believe the film will have tremendous appeal to family audiences."
Jinkins added: "Disney has been incredibly supportive of our first feature effort, and we are thrilled that they will be releasing it in theaters this March. It has been a real blast having the time and resources to take Doug and his pals on their most ambitious adventure yet, and it gave us a great opportunity to let our imaginations run wild."
Campbell commented: "Doug is a very positive character that all kids can relate to. He strives to do the right thing as he is confronted with issues and situations that are very real to kids. At the same time, his incredible imagination opens up a world of possibilities for animation and creative storytelling.
"`Doug's 1st Movie' is great family entertainment, and brings this colorful cast of characters to a whole new audience."
Jumbo Pictures was acquired by The Walt Disney Co. in 1996. The company, based in New York, was founded in 1991 to create and produce the half-hour animated series "Doug." The program garnered a 1991 ASIFA Award for Best Direction, a 1993 Ollie, and 1993 and 1994 Parents' Choice Awards.
Additionally, "Doug" is a three-time CableACE nominee and a two- time Emmy nominee, and has been nominated for the Prix Jeunesse International Award overseas.
Jumbo has also enjoyed success with "Allegra's Window," a 1994 Parents' Choice winner and a 1995 CableACE and Emmy nominee. Jumbo Pictures also produces the popular new animated series "Disney's PB & J Otters" for The Disney Channel and "Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series."
Executive producer Jinkins has been doodling for as long as he can remember. He unabashedly admits to basing many of his story ideas on his childhood and adolescence in his native Richmond, Va. After taking graduate classes in animation and filmmaking from Ohio State University, he moved to New York, where his multifaceted career really took off.
In 1991, Jinkins partnered with Campbell to launch Jumbo Pictures, where he serves as president.
Campbell, who also serves as an executive producer on the film, is one of the founders of Jumbo Pictures and one of the premier producers of high-quality children's entertainment. With Jinkins, he has executive-produced "Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series" for ABC network and worldwide syndication. He is also executive-producing "Disney's PB & J Otters" for The Disney Channel.
Campbell began his entertainment career as a writer/producer for the theater (including both Broadway and off-Broadway), and went on to develop and produce comedy series and specials for cable television.