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Dot promises a mother kangaroo that she will find her lost joey. An orphaned rabbit overhears this promise and pretends to be a kangaroo because he wants a mom. Dot and the rabbit travel ... See full summary »



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Drew Forsythe ...
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Dot promises a mother kangaroo that she will find her lost joey. An orphaned rabbit overhears this promise and pretends to be a kangaroo because he wants a mom. Dot and the rabbit travel through the Australian outback and learn a lot about different kinds of animals. Written by Brett Erik Johnson

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3 April 1983 (USA)  »

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The plot of the film is somewhat confusing as Dot is still searching for the Kangaroo's missing joey despite having previously achieved this goal in "Dot and Santa Claus". See more »


Dot's eyes keep appearing twice regardless of the position of her head when she is shaking it at the crocodiles. See more »


Dot: Rabbits are important. What about Easter time? Whenever you think of Easter, you think of the Easter bunny.
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Referenced in Rise of the Guardians (2012) See more »


The Postman of the Birds
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Music by Bob Young
Sung by Barbara Frawley, Ross Higgins and Robyn Moore
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I never thought I'd ever hear from this Shiela again.
28 July 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

As satirized in a reasonably good episode of "the Simpsons", back in the 80's, *EVERYTHING* from Australia was inherently cool.

With the notable exception of the "Dot and (enter name of one of Dot's animal buddies here)" movies.

They used to show these on the Disney Channel all the time. I've seen bits and pieces of the approximately 912 episodes in the series, but until today, I never sat down and watched one all the way through. Having finally done so, I can understand why.

The plot of every Dot movie is essentially the same. Dot wanders off alone into the Outback, she befriends an endangered indigenous animal, they have various adventures as Dot tries to rescue her new friend. I remember some of the movies as more surreal than others. In the one where she meets some insects, she can shrink. In the one where she meets a dolphin, she can hold her breath for hours. And in one otherwise routine entry, Dot is the only human in a world where anthropomorphic animals like pigs and dogs are about to bulldoze a forest where some *wild* (non-Furry) animals live.

"Dot and the Bunny" is a little off as well, but in a more subversive way. The animal friend in question is not endangered. Quite the opposite. The gruesome fact is, so I've heard, that the rabbits that accidentally ended up in the Australian Outback have essentially mutated into fuzzy long-eared locusts. They are such a menace that they are immediately terminated on sight.

Strange, then, that Dot would befriend one. I almost want to see a sequel in which Funny Bunny invites his friends to party at Dot's home, resulting in the entire neighborhood getting eaten alive. Bwahaha!

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