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Dot and the Kangaroo (1977)

A young girl gets lost in the Australian outback and befriends a kangaroo


Yoram Gross (as Yoram J. Gross)


Yoram Gross (screenplay), John Palmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Frawley Barbara Frawley ... Dot (voice)
Joan Bruce Joan Bruce ... The Kangaroo / Mother (voice)
Spike Milligan ... Mr. Platypus (voice)
June Salter June Salter ... Mrs. Platypus (voice)
Ross Higgins Ross Higgins ... Willie Wagtail (voice)
Lola Brooks Lola Brooks ... (voice)
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... (voice)
Ron Haddrick ... Father (voice)
Richard Meikle Richard Meikle ... Jack the Farmhand (voice)
George Assang George Assang ... (voice)
Kerrie Biddell Kerrie Biddell ... (voice)
John Derum John Derum ... (voice)
Kevin Golsby Kevin Golsby ... (voice)
Nola Lester Nola Lester ... (voice)
Sue Walker Sue Walker ... (voice)


A young girl gets lost in the Australian outback and befriends a kangaroo

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Did You Know?


Dot's collar and sleeves are white in this film yet in the sequels, they appear to vary between pale-yellow and cream. See more »


The red kangaroo speaks verbally to Dot before Dot tastes the 'Food of Understanding'. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Digiview Entertainment US DVD print of the film cuts out two songs: the first "In the Kangaroo Pouch" and "Quack Ducks". See more »


Followed by Dot and the Whale (1986) See more »


In the Kangaroo Pouch
Music by Bob Young
Lyrics by John Palmer
Performed by Barbara Frawley
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Beware the Bunyip!!!
7 April 2003 | by uglyklownSee all my reviews

This film was repeatedly shown on british TV early on Saturday mornings, and I NEVER missed it. Boy did I love this film in the 80's whilst growing up. Well now nearly 30 (BOO HOO!!), nostalgia starts kicking in and I started to remember what I loved about the 80's. I remembered this movie and set off using the world wide web to track a copy down. I found help from a most unusual source, the director himself! Yoram Gross helped me obtain, via e-mails from Oz, a DVD copy. HOW COOL! Was I disapointed?


The film looks dated, then so do I. Compared to the excellent CGI these days used for animated giants like Shrek and Toy Story this comes last in the egg and spoon race. But this film oodles charm. The story is very innocent, even compared to Shrek and Toy Story, and children will love it. Now I'm definately not one of those people who bang on about films causing kids to rebel and hurt, maim and kill folks. But if you are this film will only cause your kids to "jump in the pouch of a red kangaroo, hippety hoppety, hippety hop". I had not heard the songs for maybe 20 years yet still knew nearly every word. The way the animation is mixed with real time footage is charming and adds to the film, even if Roger Rabbit did it 100 times better. The animals are truly adorable and you warm to them all, exept the Bunyip which is just frightening enough for the age it's aimed at, still don't wanna meet one at 30 though!!!

So dated, yes. Fun, massively. Heart warming, definately. Memorable.........."Quack, quack, quack, quack, all we wanna do all day is quack.......quack, quack......QUACK!"

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15 December 1977 (Australia) See more »

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