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Dot and Keeto (1986)

The fantastic adventures of little redheaded Dot in the Australian bush.





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Complete credited cast:
... Dot / Simon / Mom / Kangaroo / Possum / Wasp / Character Voices (voice)
... Keeto / Butterwalk / Atlantis / Grasshopper / Character Voices (voice)
Ashley Ayre ... Dot (live-action sequences)
Lucy Charles ... Mom - live-action sequences
Leaf Nowland ... Simon (live-action sequences)


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 <cobert@feist.com>

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Release Date:

22 May 1986 (Australia)  »

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Contes de la forêt magiques  »

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The film's opening credits give the Praying Mantis' name as 'Atlanta' but he reveals his name to be 'Atlantis-Pedantis' when he meets Dot. See more »


Keeto: I wonder where I've Seen her before?
Dot: Keeto! Now what?
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Follows Dot and the Kangaroo (1977) See more »


Little Things
Music by John Levine and John Zulaikha
Lyrics by John Palmer
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Before Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, there was Dot & Keeto...
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I learned a very valuable lesson today, and that is most movies from our childhood should stay in our childhood, never to be seen or heard from again no matter how strong the temptation may become! I learned this lesson the hard way by sitting down with my best friend and allow her to subject me to the horror that is Dot & Keeto.

This title is actually part of a four movie collection which includes Dot and the Koala, Dot and the Whale, and Dot and the Smugglers. But one is more than enough for my indigestion, as today's feature is just so wretched and stupid that it made me wanna run screaming from my friend's house and into the busy streets.

Dot is an Australian girl whose brother constantly terrorizes the local insect life, including a group of ants. While Dot tries to convince her wicked sibling that hurting bugs is not right, the devious little brat pays her no heed. This opening sequence was shot in live action, by the way, and it's painfully obvious that every line of dialog was dubbed in during post-production.

Then, out of nowhere, Dot starts babbling about how her friend the kangaroo told her about two magical roots. One will make you very small and the other will allow you to talk to the animals. Okay, why would Dot have to eat the root which would let her talk to animals if she heard about the roots from a KANGAROO? Hello?! Anyone? Anyway, she eats the root which makes you small and for some reason becomes a badly animated cartoon version of herself.

The rest of the movie, which drags on forever even at 75 minutes, quite literally has Dot walking around aimlessly while talking to various cartoon bugs and watching live action stock footage of those bugs. I don't think I have to point out that the mix of live action and animation is hardly seamless, when in fact it's atrocious. The worst part, however, is that there's hardly any story here! Dot meets some good bugs, gets kidnapped by ants, sings countless bad songs, then is given the magical root by her kangaroo friend so she can become her normal size again.

I can understand why my friend would have liked this movie as a young kid, since we all had movies we saw repeatedly despite the fact that they were awful, but that doesn't mean I didn't kick and scream through this movie. Avoid it at all costs, which shouldn't be hard seeing as how it's not available anywhere outside of our local video store. 0/4 stars!

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