Compared to better, more emotionally real TV toons set in the world of
grade-school series like Doug
is a throwback to dated, '50s-style visions of school-yard
scamps. Offering hoary, hackneyed jokes about cafeteria food and fat old-lady
teachers in flower-print dresses, and getting the blustery principal to do a
slow burn, it's the kid's-eye equivalent of vaudeville mother-in-law routines.
The movie's uninspired animation (including primitive, blocky computer
imagery) doesn't help, nor do its astonishingly stereotyped characters: The
ensemble of 10-year-olds includes "...