EW Staff
September 17, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Adolescence is hell, but this innocuous preteen ‘toon (based on the TV series) isn’t aiming to bring that truth to the kids. In the town of Bluffington, even the school bullies are pretty halfhearted, so we sense that mild-mannered Doug and his pal Skeeter face little real danger as they struggle to protect a lovable mutant lake lizard. Its March theatrical release notwithstanding, Doug’s 1st Movie is better suited for tot TV: cute, comforting, and (fortunately for parents) not too cloying. B-

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