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In the Enchanted Village, “The Magic Roundabout” lies in ruin, encased in ice. It is the work of the evil ice sorcerer Zeebad, who is on the loose from his prison beneath the ground: his mission is to enslave the earth and freeze it over forever. As a frosty mist sweeps the world, ranged against the magician are four unlikely heroes: Brian, a snail; Ermintrude, a cow; Dylan, a rabbit; and Dougal, a dog. Only by capturing three magic diamonds they can reverse the winter and return Zeebad to his prison. So begins a desperate race against time. The heroes must survive across the furnaces of a fiery volcano, through the hidden dangers of a temple, over the snow-capped mountains of the icy wilderness. Can our heroes prevail against seemingly unassailable odds with their teamwork, friendship and fearlessness?

Category Official Competition
Section Kidz
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 93'
Production Year 2004
Nationality France, United Kingdom
Directed by Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham
Screenplay Paul Bassett, Raolf Sanoussi, Stéphane Sanoussi, Ted Safran (dialogues)
Script Serge Danot (characters), with the partecipation of Martine Danot
Editor Mathieu Morfin
Sound James Mather
Music Mark Thomas
Original Voices Tom Baker (ZeeBad)
Jim Broadbent (Brian)
Joanna Lumley (Ermintrude)
Ian McKellen (Zebedee)
Kylie Minogue (Florence)
Robbie Williams (Dougal)
Produced by Claude Gorsky, Pascal Rodon, Andy Leighton

the magic roundabout reg 1Dave Borthwick

He directed THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, which won many international awards including the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement (1995).








the magic roundabout reg 2Jean Duval

His formal training is in graphic arts, and subsequently, at the Etablissement Cinematographique et Photographique des Armees, in storyboarding and creating characters for animated films. He has worked on TV and movie productions, including DUCK TALES THE MOVIE, TALE SPIN, GOOF TROOP, BABAR THE MOVIE, BABAR THE TV SERIES and ASTERIX. THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT is his feature film debut.








the magic roundabout reg 3Frank Passingham

He has worked in animation for 25 years, for example in THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB. He was director of photography on CHICKEN RUN and CREATURE COMFORTS.








Directors’ statement

Dave Borthwick: “It’s a very entertaining adventure involving, really, a very odd collection of characters, who somehow look really good together”.

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