Western Animation / Dot and the Kangaroo


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.

Tropes in Dot and the Kangaroo:

Tropes the sequels have:

  • Agony of the Feet: A near-fatal example in Dot and the Whale, Dot steps on an anemone and gets a venomous sting lodged in the sole of her foot, an octopus has to pull it out to save her.
    • Averted in Dot and the Bunny when a numbat narrowly prevents Dot from stepping on an echidna.
  • Animesque: For Dot Goes to Hollywood and Dot in Space, Dot was designed by a Japanese artist, who gave her a Tezuka-esque design.
  • Art Shift
  • Bound and Gagged: How Dot is captured in Dot in Space.
  • Brother Chuck: Dot's parents and grandfather.
  • But Now I Must Go: Danny the Swagman in Around the World with Dot.
  • Darker and Edgier: 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 Lighter and Softer compared to the original.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Rounds against the Squares in Dot in Space. Dot herself is arrested for not being round enough.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fish store owners in Dot and the Whale.
  • Humans Are Bastards: In Dot And the Koala, the animal-like townspeople acted no different when they and their mayor wanted to build 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.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Dot and the Koala has animals acting and dressing more like humans and even having houses, jobs and their own city.
  • Made a Slave: Dot is subjected to this in Dot and Keeto and Dot in Space, she escapes in both instances.
  • Oddball in the Series: While most of the films are about protecting animals or the environment, Dot in Space is instead about racism.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: 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.
  • Recycled INSPACE: Dot in Space (1994), the last film in the series.
  • Remember the New Guy: Dot's brother in Around the World with Dot.
  • Replacement Goldfish: 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 (the then-Present Day).
  • Shown Their Work: Dot and Keeto correctly identifies male mosquitoes as sap suckers and female mosquitoes as the blood suckers.
  • Slave Race: Anyone who isn't round in Dot in Space.
  • Snap Back: 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 Alternate Continuity, as a dream by a girl who's just started reading the book.
  • Those Two Guys: The two boys in Dot and the Whale.