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'''''Doug's 1st Movie''''' (Originally '''''The First Doug Movie Ever''''' and '''''Doug: The Movie''''') is a 1999 animated film based off the animated series, ''{{Doug}}'' (released during its third and final season of its Disney era, and its seventh and final season altogether), produced by [=DisneyToon=] Studios and Jumbo Pictures. It was the third movie based off a Disney television series to be released theatrically, and the first movie based off a OneSaturdayMorning show.

After searching various times in the series, Doug and Skeeter finally find the Lucky Duck Lake monster, who turns out to be nicer than they thought. They name him Herman Melville, and he becomes their friend. After showing him to Mrs. Dink, she tells them to keep Herman a secret, as well as the fact that Bill Bluff has been polluting the lake he came from. However, after Guy Graham, Doug's rival, finds a picture of Herman left behind by Doug when he was seeing Patti and Guy decorate for the Valentine's Day Dance at Funkytown, he quickly phones Mr. Bluff and tells him about the monster. Now, Mr. Bluff's army are searching for the monster, while Doug is trying to keep him a secret- all while trying to win Patti's affections from Guy.

The movie, originally intended for a DirectToVideo release, was released in theaters to replicate the success of Nickelodeon's ''The Rugrats Movie''. Unfortunately for Disney, they decided to release the movie as-is, with no editing to spruce it up for the theater. Critics bashed the movie for being too much like an extended version of an episode, as well as for the direct-to-video look. And while the film did make over its budget in the office (as the movie had a small, direct-to-video budget), it still didn't make a lot of money[[hottip:*:A contributing factor could've been that ''Doug'' was on its last leg. The show was about to hit sixty-five episodes (the episode limit), the production staff was busy with ''PBAndJOtter'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' was quickly becoming the most popular show on OneSaturdayMorning. Another factor was most likely due to the low advertising campaign]]. However, it sold quite well on video.

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!!''Doug's 1st Movie'' provides examples of
* AbsenteeActor: Neither Sally nor Skunky appear at all in the film.
* AnimationBump: Slightly. The movie's animation uses more detailed, fluid animation, and also uses shadows.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone Like Me"
* BigDamnMovie
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: Doug and Skeeter tell the Mayor about the swamp creature they found, but she can't publicly declare its existence without backlash. They try, but an attempt to capture the beast by a CorruptCorporateExecutive impedes this.
* DemotedToExtra: Chalky has ''one line'' in the film, and then appears very briefly in the Weekly Beebe office with no lines in a flashback.
** Judy only appears once in the entire film; at Doug's house when they're cleaning up muddy footprints left by Herman.
* DigitalDestruction: The Disney Movie Club DVD of the film uses the ToonDisney edit of the film, making it one of the few instances where the ''tape'' has better quality than the DVD.
* DirectToVideo: What the movie was originally going to be.
* FanNickname: ''Doug's Only Movie'', as a sequel was never made nor in production.
* GreenAesop: While not quite as in-your-face as other examples, this is a major plot point. Mr. Bluff's pollution of Lucky Duck Lake results in the creation of a monster, which he then wants to kill to cover up his tracks. [[spoiler: In the end, the monster escapes, Mr. Bluff's actions are exposed and he then volunteers to clean up his mess.]]
* IdiotBall: Doug and the Mayor toss this to each other in the film, from Doug talking about exposing Mr. Bluff's plot in front of Guy who happens to be good friends with Mr. Bluff and thinking that Herman is dead despite knowing that said death is in next week's paper, to the Mayor, despite being, y'know, the Mayor and knowing that Mr. Bluff is polluting the lake and had hired goons to capture Herman, doesn't do anything about it. Though with the latter, you can justify it with the good ol' ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney trope.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Slightly. How was Mr. Bluff '''''not''''' arrested at the end? Yes, he did get comeuppance but he broke so many U.S. laws it's ridiculous. He polluted a lake he didn't even own, he bribes the police, he bribes the media. He bribes everyone! That's just the beginning.
** He now has to devote his time and effort to clean up the messes he made, and probably a lot of other messes as well. It's either that or Mrs. Dink could probably have him hauled off to jail after he just plainly threatened to destroy the lives of two innocent young men in front of a ''lot'' of witnesses. It just makes more sense that someone with his power and money could get a lot more done in terms of cleaning up pollution then if he was behind bars. Not to mention, added to the fact of his verbal threats to Doug and Skeeter, that he was just emasculated by his own daughter in front of said witnesses, so at this point it's pretty obvious how petty and spineless he really is, so he's got a ton of work to do to clean up his image.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The movie was released on video in September 1999 and was quietly re-issued in mid-2000, and ''only'' on video, despite the fact that Disney had entered the DVD market by then. The film went out of print around 2001, when ''Doug'' was removed from ABC's lineup. For a while, the film wasn't available, aside from being shown on ToonDisney often. Then, in 2011, the film was put onto iTunes (Rental only) and Amazon Instant Video. Thirteen years after the video release, Disney ''finally'' released the movie on DVD in 2012, though with two drawbacks - the first being that it was exclusive to the Disney Movie Club, and the second being that instead of remastering the film, Disney used the TV edit master, with various fade out / fade ins in between various scenes, and speeding up the credits, featuring only half of "Someone Like Me".
* {{Leitmotif}}: An instrumental of the ''DougLive'' song "Someone Like Me" plays during Doug and Patti's moments.
* TheMovie
* MythArc: Prior to the film, Doug and Skeeter were occasionally searching for the monster. The movie ends the arc.
* PaperThinDisguise: Doug and Skeeter dress Herman up as a human female and somehow it fools everyone. Patti even becomes ''jealous'' of the new "cute girl" Doug has been hanging around.
* ProductionThrowback: Music cues from another Disney / Jumbo Pictures show, ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' play in a few scenes. When Doug and Skeeter are walking out of the photo shop at the mall, the background music theme from "Mall Pups" plays, and when Mr. Bluff's army are searching for Herman, Lt. Pug's {{Leitmotif}} plays.
* VanillaEdition: Not only does the DVD have horrible quality, but it lacks any bonus features- including the behind-the-scenes featurette at the end of the tape.

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'''''Doug's 1st Movie''''' (Originally '''''The First Doug Movie Ever''''' and '''''Doug: The Movie''''') is a 1999 animated film based off the animated series, ''{{Doug}}'' (released during its third and final season of its Disney era, and its seventh and final season altogether), produced by [=DisneyToon=] Studios and Jumbo Pictures. It was the third movie based off a Disney television series to be released theatrically, and the first movie based off a OneSaturdayMorning show.

After searching various times in the series, Doug and Skeeter finally find the Lucky Duck Lake monster, who turns out to be nicer than they thought. They name him Herman Melville, and he becomes their friend. After showing him to Mrs. Dink, she tells them to keep Herman a secret, as well as the fact that Bill Bluff has been polluting the lake he came from. However, after Guy Graham, Doug's rival, finds a picture of Herman left behind by Doug when he was seeing Patti and Guy decorate for the Valentine's Day Dance at Funkytown, he quickly phones Mr. Bluff and tells him about the monster. Now, Mr. Bluff's army are searching for the monster, while Doug is trying to keep him a secret- all while trying to win Patti's affections from Guy.

The movie, originally intended for a DirectToVideo release, was released in theaters to replicate the success of Nickelodeon's ''The Rugrats Movie''. Unfortunately for Disney, they decided to release the movie as-is, with no editing to spruce it up for the theater. Critics bashed the movie for being too much like an extended version of an episode, as well as for the direct-to-video look. And while the film did make over its budget in the office (as the movie had a small, direct-to-video budget), it still didn't make a lot of money[[hottip:*:A contributing factor could've been that ''Doug'' was on its last leg. The show was about to hit sixty-five episodes (the episode limit), the production staff was busy with ''PBAndJOtter'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' was quickly becoming the most popular show on OneSaturdayMorning. Another factor was most likely due to the low advertising campaign]]. However, it sold quite well on video.

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!!''Doug's 1st Movie'' provides examples of
* AbsenteeActor: Neither Sally nor Skunky appear at all in the film.
* AnimationBump: Slightly. The movie's animation uses more detailed, fluid animation, and also uses shadows.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone Like Me"
* BigDamnMovie
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: Doug and Skeeter tell the Mayor about the swamp creature they found, but she can't publicly declare its existence without backlash. They try, but an attempt to capture the beast by a CorruptCorporateExecutive impedes this.
* DemotedToExtra: Chalky has ''one line'' in the film, and then appears very briefly in the Weekly Beebe office with no lines in a flashback.
** Judy only appears once in the entire film; at Doug's house when they're cleaning up muddy footprints left by Herman.
* DigitalDestruction: The Disney Movie Club DVD of the film uses the ToonDisney edit of the film, making it one of the few instances where the ''tape'' has better quality than the DVD.
* DirectToVideo: What the movie was originally going to be.
* FanNickname: ''Doug's Only Movie'', as a sequel was never made nor in production.
* GreenAesop: While not quite as in-your-face as other examples, this is a major plot point. Mr. Bluff's pollution of Lucky Duck Lake results in the creation of a monster, which he then wants to kill to cover up his tracks. [[spoiler: In the end, the monster escapes, Mr. Bluff's actions are exposed and he then volunteers to clean up his mess.]]
* IdiotBall: Doug and the Mayor toss this to each other in the film, from Doug talking about exposing Mr. Bluff's plot in front of Guy who happens to be good friends with Mr. Bluff and thinking that Herman is dead despite knowing that said death is in next week's paper, to the Mayor, despite being, y'know, the Mayor and knowing that Mr. Bluff is polluting the lake and had hired goons to capture Herman, doesn't do anything about it. Though with the latter, you can justify it with the good ol' ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney trope.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Slightly. How was Mr. Bluff '''''not''''' arrested at the end? Yes, he did get comeuppance but he broke so many U.S. laws it's ridiculous. He polluted a lake he didn't even own, he bribes the police, he bribes the media. He bribes everyone! That's just the beginning.
** He now has to devote his time and effort to clean up the messes he made, and probably a lot of other messes as well. It's either that or Mrs. Dink could probably have him hauled off to jail after he just plainly threatened to destroy the lives of two innocent young men in front of a ''lot'' of witnesses. It just makes more sense that someone with his power and money could get a lot more done in terms of cleaning up pollution then if he was behind bars. Not to mention, added to the fact of his verbal threats to Doug and Skeeter, that he was just emasculated by his own daughter in front of said witnesses, so at this point it's pretty obvious how petty and spineless he really is, so he's got a ton of work to do to clean up his image.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The movie was released on video in September 1999 and was quietly re-issued in mid-2000, and ''only'' on video, despite the fact that Disney had entered the DVD market by then. The film went out of print around 2001, when ''Doug'' was removed from ABC's lineup. For a while, the film wasn't available, aside from being shown on ToonDisney often. Then, in 2011, the film was put onto iTunes (Rental only) and Amazon Instant Video. Thirteen years after the video release, Disney ''finally'' released the movie on DVD in 2012, though with two drawbacks - the first being that it was exclusive to the Disney Movie Club, and the second being that instead of remastering the film, Disney used the TV edit master, with various fade out / fade ins in between various scenes, and speeding up the credits, featuring only half of "Someone Like Me".
* {{Leitmotif}}: An instrumental of the ''DougLive'' song "Someone Like Me" plays during Doug and Patti's moments.
* TheMovie
* MythArc: Prior to the film, Doug and Skeeter were occasionally searching for the monster. The movie ends the arc.
* PaperThinDisguise: Doug and Skeeter dress Herman up as a human female and somehow it fools everyone. Patti even becomes ''jealous'' of the new "cute girl" Doug has been hanging around.
* ProductionThrowback: Music cues from another Disney / Jumbo Pictures show, ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' play in a few scenes. When Doug and Skeeter are walking out of the photo shop at the mall, the background music theme from "Mall Pups" plays, and when Mr. Bluff's army are searching for Herman, Lt. Pug's {{Leitmotif}} plays.
* VanillaEdition: Not only does the DVD have horrible quality, but it lacks any bonus features- including the behind-the-scenes featurette at the end of the tape.

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'''''Doug's 1st Movie''''' (Originally '''''The First Doug Movie Ever''''' and '''''Doug: The Movie''''') is a 1999 animated film based off the animated series, ''{{Doug}}'' (released during its third and final season of its Disney era, and its seventh and final season altogether), produced by [=DisneyToon=] Studios and Jumbo Pictures. It was the third movie based off a Disney television series to be released theatrically, and the first movie based off a OneSaturdayMorning show.

After searching various times in the series, Doug and Skeeter finally find the Lucky Duck Lake monster, who turns out to be nicer than they thought. They name him Herman Melville, and he becomes their friend. After showing him to Mrs. Dink, she tells them to keep Herman a secret, as well as the fact that Bill Bluff has been polluting the lake he came from. However, after Guy Graham, Doug's rival, finds a picture of Herman left behind by Doug when he was seeing Patti and Guy decorate for the Valentine's Day Dance at Funkytown, he quickly phones Mr. Bluff and tells him about the monster. Now, Mr. Bluff's army are searching for the monster, while Doug is trying to keep him a secret- all while trying to win Patti's affections from Guy.

The movie, originally intended for a DirectToVideo release, was released in theaters to replicate the success of Nickelodeon's ''The Rugrats Movie''. Unfortunately for Disney, they decided to release the movie as-is, with no editing to spruce it up for the theater. Critics bashed the movie for being too much like an extended version of an episode, as well as for the direct-to-video look. And while the film did make over its budget in the office (as the movie had a small, direct-to-video budget), it still didn't make a lot of money[[hottip:*:A contributing factor could've been that ''Doug'' was on its last leg. The show was about to hit sixty-five episodes (the episode limit), the production staff was busy with ''PBAndJOtter'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' was quickly becoming the most popular show on OneSaturdayMorning. Another factor was most likely due to the low advertising campaign]]. However, it sold quite well on video.

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!!''Doug's 1st Movie'' provides examples of
* AbsenteeActor: Neither Sally nor Skunky appear at all in the film.
* AnimationBump: Slightly. The movie's animation uses more detailed, fluid animation, and also uses shadows.
* AwardBaitSong: "Someone Like Me"
* BigDamnMovie
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: Doug and Skeeter tell the Mayor about the swamp creature they found, but she can't publicly declare its existence without backlash. They try, but an attempt to capture the beast by a CorruptCorporateExecutive impedes this.
* DemotedToExtra: Chalky has ''one line'' in the film, and then appears very briefly in the Weekly Beebe office with no lines in a flashback.
** Judy only appears once in the entire film; at Doug's house when they're cleaning up muddy footprints left by Herman.
* DigitalDestruction: The Disney Movie Club DVD of the film uses the ToonDisney edit of the film, making it one of the few instances where the ''tape'' has better quality than the DVD.
* DirectToVideo: What the movie was originally going to be.
* FanNickname: ''Doug's Only Movie'', as a sequel was never made nor in production.
* GreenAesop: While not quite as in-your-face as other examples, this is a major plot point. Mr. Bluff's pollution of Lucky Duck Lake results in the creation of a monster, which he then wants to kill to cover up his tracks. [[spoiler: In the end, the monster escapes, Mr. Bluff's actions are exposed and he then volunteers to clean up his mess.]]
* IdiotBall: Doug and the Mayor toss this to each other in the film, from Doug talking about exposing Mr. Bluff's plot in front of Guy who happens to be good friends with Mr. Bluff and thinking that Herman is dead despite knowing that said death is in next week's paper, to the Mayor, despite being, y'know, the Mayor and knowing that Mr. Bluff is polluting the lake and had hired goons to capture Herman, doesn't do anything about it. Though with the latter, you can justify it with the good ol' ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney trope.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Slightly. How was Mr. Bluff '''''not''''' arrested at the end? Yes, he did get comeuppance but he broke so many U.S. laws it's ridiculous. He polluted a lake he didn't even own, he bribes the police, he bribes the media. He bribes everyone! That's just the beginning.
** He now has to devote his time and effort to clean up the messes he made, and probably a lot of other messes as well. It's either that or Mrs. Dink could probably have him hauled off to jail after he just plainly threatened to destroy the lives of two innocent young men in front of a ''lot'' of witnesses. It just makes more sense that someone with his power and money could get a lot more done in terms of cleaning up pollution then if he was behind bars. Not to mention, added to the fact of his verbal threats to Doug and Skeeter, that he was just emasculated by his own daughter in front of said witnesses, so at this point it's pretty obvious how petty and spineless he really is, so he's got a ton of work to do to clean up his image.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The movie was released on video in September 1999 and was quietly re-issued in mid-2000, and ''only'' on video, despite the fact that Disney had entered the DVD market by then. The film went out of print around 2001, when ''Doug'' was removed from ABC's lineup. For a while, the film wasn't available, aside from being shown on ToonDisney often. Then, in 2011, the film was put onto iTunes (Rental only) and Amazon Instant Video. Thirteen years after the video release, Disney ''finally'' released the movie on DVD in 2012, though with two drawbacks - the first being that it was exclusive to the Disney Movie Club, and the second being that instead of remastering the film, Disney used the TV edit master, with various fade out / fade ins in between various scenes, and speeding up the credits, featuring only half of "Someone Like Me".
* {{Leitmotif}}: An instrumental of the ''DougLive'' song "Someone Like Me" plays during Doug and Patti's moments.
* TheMovie
* MythArc: Prior to the film, Doug and Skeeter were occasionally searching for the monster. The movie ends the arc.
* PaperThinDisguise: Doug and Skeeter dress Herman up as a human female and somehow it fools everyone. Patti even becomes ''jealous'' of the new "cute girl" Doug has been hanging around.
* ProductionThrowback: Music cues from another Disney / Jumbo Pictures show, ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 101 Dalmatians: The Series]]'' play in a few scenes. When Doug and Skeeter are walking out of the photo shop at the mall, the background music theme from "Mall Pups" plays, and when Mr. Bluff's army are searching for Herman, Lt. Pug's {{Leitmotif}} plays.
* VanillaEdition: Not only does the DVD have horrible quality, but it lacks any bonus features- including the behind-the-scenes featurette at the end of the tape.

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