Action Synthese Studio (France)

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Background: Action Synthese was a French animation company founded in 1998. The company produced only one film, 2005's The Magic Roundabout. The film was generally positively received in the UK. However, the film was subjected to a major redoing in America; the film was renamed Doogal, all of the actors were dubbed over (save for Ian McKellen and Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue, and even then the latter redubbed her lines in an American accent), and the script was amended to include dated pop-culture references. These reasons were why the film was a critical and commercial bomb in America. The American failure of the film led the company to strictly only produce TV shows like the reboot of The Magic Roundabout (which only aired for a limited time on Netflix in America) since then, and, 7 years after Doogal was released, the company was subject to bankruptcy causing their planned films (A second Magic Roundabout film and a remake of The Wizard of Oz) to be cancelled.

(February 11, 2005, February 24, 2006)

Logo: On a black background, The Magic Roundabout character Zebedee jumps into the screen, and looks to the left. He then jumps back a bit, and shoots the letters "ACTION SYNTHESE", in gold, out of his hands. He then rests his hand on the text and smiles at us. A line is drawn under the company name, and the word "STUDIO" fades in above "CTION". The logo shines a bit before fading out.

FX/SFX: Zebedee's movements, the letters.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the film, accompanied by rusty spring sounds and spark noises.

Availability: Only seen on the 2005 version of The Magic Roundabout, also known as the infamous 2006 U.S. redub Doogal.

Editor's Note: TBA.