Dougal and the Blue Cat



Dougal and the Blue Cat

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UK Quad / Single Sided / (30" x 40")

Country of Origin

UK / British


Near mint minus – Very fine plus / originally folded (as issued)


Serge Danot


Christian Riehl, Eric Thompson, Fenella Fielding, Jean-Luc Tardieu, Nadine Legrand, Paul Bisciglia

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“Magic Roundabout characters in movie length story – action for kids – script for adults.”

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“Douglas and the Blue Cat” is a prime example of how to do a TV show as a film, it overcomes such a popularly problematic formula with pitch perfect pacing and at a nippy 85 minutes it’s the exactly the right length. A surprisingly dark film that even though this is a ‘children’s’ film it is viewable by adults just as much and is fondly remembered as a cult classic. Take the weirdness of Donnie Darko the characters from Mighty Boosh and the animation and humour of Wallace and Gromit and your part of the way there. Offered here is an original (and very hard to find) British UK quad film poster from first year of release 1970 featuring country unique British design and true to the film animation artwork featuring all the main characters; Dougal, Florence, Zebedee, Dylan & the titular Blue Cat.  Colours are bold and vibrant and ‘pop’ from the paper; originally folded (as issued) this unrestored film poster presents near flawlessly and is a fine example of rare and collectable original movie memorabilia for a much loved cult (adult themed) children’s TV classic…and not forgetting the ‘druggie’ theory.


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Film Description

Dougal and the Blue Cat Movie Poster

“Life at the Magic Roundabout is disrupted when a blue cat called Buxton finds his way into town. Everyone loves Buxton except from Dougal, who found out about his plot to become king, and paint everything in the world blue.

I never thought I’d hear the words “take him to the torture chamber” in a U rated film but they were uttered in this Magic Roundabout film Dougal and the Blue Cat. As a child in the ’70s I watched the television series but as far as I’m aware I never saw this film. Having heard UK film critic Mark Kermode frequently rave about how great this film is I decided to seek it out and must say he was right it is a great film, the eighty minutes just flew past.

Things in the Magic Garden are a little strange, Dougal is having strange dreams about something going on in a disused factory and shortly after Buxton, a blue cat, appears and is instantly popular with everybody except Dougal. Buxton isn’t as friendly as he appears and plans to become king with the help of the mysterious Madam Blue in the factory. In order to carry out his plans he captures everybody except Dougal who is forced to dye his hair blue and call himself Blue Peter in order to try to rescue them.

All of the regular characters are here although the new Buxton steals the show with his evil plotting and diabolically sweet torture of Dougal. The animation may look dated next to today’s shiny CGI but it is good enough and the great story and fun characters more than make up for that.


Vintage Movie Posters Grading Criteria

A poster that has never been used or displayed and may show the most minor signs of age and wear. The poster should have no holes or tears.

Near Mint
A generally unused poster with fresh, saturated colors. May have minimal tears at folds. Has no significant holes, no paper loss, may have minor tears along edges, may have fine pin holes.

Very Fine
A poster with bright colour and crisp overall appearance. It may have very general signs of use including slight fold separation and fold wear. It may have pin holes or very minor tears. This is the highest grade allowed for a poster that has been restored either on linen or on paper.

A poster with good colors and overall clean appearance. It may have minor tears small paper loss and minor stains. It may have some fold seperation.

An average poster with overall fresh color. May have tears, minor paper loss, minor hazing. Paper may be brittle due to age, may have minor stains. May have a small amount of writing in an unobtrusive place. May have medium or major restoration.

A poster with faded colors and brittle paper, showing significant signs of use. May have tears and paper loss. May have tape, writing, stains in image area. In need of restoration or had major restoration.

A poster that is worn, torn, and/or damaged. May have staining, cracking, dry rot, and/or large tears. May be heavily soiled, may have pieces missing. In need of major restoration.

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Most Popular Poster Types

US Posters

11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.

14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.

22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.

14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.

40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.

27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.

41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.


30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.

27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.


13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.

(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.

FRENCH Posters

47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.