Dot, an Australian girl, seeks the magical green root that will give her the ability to talk to animals. She eats a red root by mistake, and is shrunk to the size of an ant. With the help of her friends Keeto the mosquito and Butterwalk the caterpillar, she searches for the green root that will restore her size. But she must find it before sundown, or she will shrink even smaller. Written by
Stephen J. Cobert <email@example.com>
After having an environmental message shoved down our throats with the bad pun-laden, unnecessarily violent, anthropomorphic animal fantasy Dot And The Koala (1985) - a movie in which Dot barely appeared in - producer and director Yoram Gross gets back on track with the fifth film in the series, Dot And Keeto.
Dot (played by Ashley Ayre in the live action segments, but possessing Robyn Moore's voice) tries to stop her heretofore unmentioned brother from stomping on ants. She wants to apologize, but she eats a root that causes her to shrink instead of the one that allows her to communicate. A series of events strands her outside among insects both kind and dangerous.
One of the better installments of the series due to decent animation, some welcome humor and a good story. The nature photography is excellent, and it's nice to see how cute Dot is as a live person. It no longer matters what century Dot is living in; she is ageless and timeless.
The opening credits say the praying mantis is named Atlanta, but in the movie he tells Dot that his name is Atlantis Pedantis. Bob Young's jazz theme and other music are reused here.
(For my opinions of the first, third and fourth Dot movies, please go to www.amazon.com and read my review of the DVD titled "The Adventures Of Dot". It's the only review of this DVD to date.)
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