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An Australian film series featuring animation over live-action backgrounds. The first film, ''Dot and the Kangaroo'', was released in 1977. It was based on an 1899 novel by Ethel C. Pedley. The first film was an early success for Yoram Gross studio and led to many sequels (diverging further and further from the original source material), with the last being released in 1994. The original film tells the story of a little girl who gets lost in the forest but is helped by a kindly mommy kangaroo.

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!!Tropes in ''Dot and the Kangaroo'':
* CrosscastRole: The Kangaroo is clearly played by a male in the live action footage.
* DisneyAcidSequence: the Bunyip song.
** also an ArtShift
* DisneyVillainDeath: One of the dingoes does this.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Dot is always barefoot in all the movies.
* IAmSong: "I'm a Frog" and "[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi Platypus Duet]]".
* IntellectualAnimal
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia
* KangarooPouchRide: there is a song about it.
* LiteralCliffhanger: The kangaroo does this after jumping a chasm.
* NobodyPoops: Averted; Dot whispers to the kangaroo, which she responds with "Anywhere you like, dear.". It's ''very'' obvious what she means.
* RedHeadedHero: Dot.
* RogerRabbitEffect
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: In the book, Dot does after eating some [[AppliedPhlebotinum berries]] the mother kangaroo offers her, which Dot had to keep eating in order to prolong the effects. In the movie, this was achieved by eating a root, and the effect was permanent (though the sequels offered several different explanations for Dot's ability to understand animals, and sometimes didn't even bother).
* ThunderEqualsDownpour:
** Not what you want when lost in the forest.
** Happens again in ''Dot and the Bunny''. She has to take refuge in a wallaby cave.
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!!Tropes the sequels have:
* {{Animesque}}: For ''Dot Goes to Hollywood'' and ''Dot in Space'', Dot was designed by a Japanese artist, who gave her a [[OsamuTezuka Tezuka-esque]] design.
* ArtShift
* BrotherChuck: Dot's parents and grandfather.
* ButNowIMustGo: Danny the Swagman in ''Around the World with Dot''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Dot and the Whale'' was noticeably more somber in overall tone and had fewer songs than most of the other sequels. Though it could still be considered LighterAndSofter compared to the original.
* FantasticRacism: [[ScaryDogmaticAliens The Rounds]] against [[InnocentAliens the Squares]] in ''Dot in Space''. Dot herself is arrested for not being round enough.
* FatAndSkinny: The fish store owners in ''Dot and the Whale''.
* HumansAreBastards: In ''Dot And the Koala'', the [[FunnyAnimal animal-like townspeople]] acted no different when they and their mayor wanted to build [[spoiler:a hydro-electric dam]] over the native animal's homes.
** The two fishermen in ''Dot and the Whale'' who wanted to sell the whale as food.
** How Funny-Bunny was orphaned in ''Dot and the Bunny''.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: ''Dot and the Koala'' has animals acting and dressing more like humans and even having houses, jobs and their own city.
* PaperThinDisguise: In ''Dot and the Bunny'', said bunny adopts a series of unconvincing disguises to convince Dot that he is the lost kangaroo joey she is looking for.
* RecycledINSPACE: ''Dot in Space'' (1994), the last film in the series.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Dot's brother in ''Around the World with Dot''.
* ReplacementGoldfish: At the end of ''Dot and the Bunny'' the mommy kangaroo, who never did find her joey, adopts the orphaned bunny.
* {{Retcon}}: The movie appears to take place in the turn of the 20th century, much like the book. But the sequels seem to take place in the 1970s.
* ShownTheirWork: ''Dot and Keeto'' correctly identifies male mosquitoes as sap suckers and female mosquitoes as the blood suckers.
* SnapBack: In the first sequel Dot found the kangaroo's missing joey and brought him back to her. In the next sequel her joey is still gone.
** Though it is set up as more of an AlternateContinuity, as a dream by a girl who's just started reading the book.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The two boys in ''Dot and the Whale''.
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