Thank goodness I have decided to review the first two sequels to Dot and the Kangaroo (1977) seperately. It now means I can proceed with my rundown of the vastly inferior remaining installments without feeling as though I am lying to myself over what I really think of the Dot movie sequels as a whole.
In what is the final outing not just for Barbara Frawley as the voice of Dot but for all but one of the other cast members, it is implied that the previous installment Around the World with Dot/Dot and Santa Claus (1981) is this film’s chronological successor. The reason being that this 3rd installment begins with Dot still looking for the missing joey in return for his mother rescuing her. Even more confusingly, the events of the film appear to take in place in the dream of a nameless live-action girl (Anna Quin) so which one came first? Or at the very least, which one is canon?
This time, Dot begins her search alone and within the confines of her native Australia and consulting some koalas over the joey’s whereabouts. However, Dot is not alone for long for she encounters an orphaned rabbit whom she names Funny-Bunny (Robyn Moore) who has been eavesdropping on her. Dot’s search sees her encounter and learn about several native animals, each one showing a variety of attitudes towards her as a human but too numerous to mention in a brief review like this one. Dot is constantly impeded by Funny-Bunny continuously pretending to be a kangaroo or getting himself into trouble. That is not to say Dot does not care as she willingly puts herself at risk just to keep Funny-Bunny safe each time. Besides, all Funny-Bunny needs is someone to look after him, especially once we as the audience find out what happened to his family. This is where the Dot series very much reaches its peak.