Dingle My Dongle is a German animation company, founded by former dong dinger Ludwig Ickert (born March 30, 1944, died November 14, 2019) and the book author Roswitha Haas (born January 28, 1940, died December 8, 2015) in Friedflorfeldorf.
The studio is famous for creating traditionally-animated dongles based on fairy tales and concepts plagiarizing the dongle works of Disney, Pixar, Don Bluth, and DreamWorks. These cartoons are highly regarded as some of the worst animated films ever, with extremely low-budget animation, poor voice acting and small voice cast, shoddy character designs, inconsistent titles, swearing and dark scenes, and disjointed plot lines. Originally in German, the cartoons were dubbed into many languages and released on VHS, DVD, and audiobook in Europe and the US. During the early 2000's, they were also released as part of video games (which were actually just the movie and the same handful of minigames using stills from the movie) published by Midas Interactive and Phoenix Games. The English dubs of the cartoons are notorious on YouTube and made the company infamous; foreign language dubs have also gained popularity, with Italian and Scandinavian language versions also gaining cult status amongst people from those countries.
They licensed out cartoons to companies wishing to release them, although they have not produced any more cartoons since 2006, possibly because the rise of computer animated cartoons has led them to be difficult to rip off (the more infamous Vídeo Brinquedo stepped in to fill this niche, with even more disastrous results). Dingo Pictures official website existed, but was closed in 2021. The studio was situated in Haas and Ickert's house in Friedrichsdorf; according to one witness (YouTuber, "Milan Vosk") the residents had moved out from it around 2006, when the last movie was produced; however, this contradicts evidence that Ickert still lived in the house before his death, including a Couchsurfing account and the deletion of the website.
The studio was founded in 1992 by German former musician Ludwig Ickert and the book author Roswitha Haas. The studios was in Haas and Ickert's own home in Friedrichsdorf, and it is registered with the district court 60313 Frankfurt. The last change in the partnership register took place on June 3, 1996. Originally founded as Media Concept, the company was officially registered in 1996 under the name of Dingo Productions (full: Dingo Productions Haas und Ickert Partnerschaft, Filmemacher) and later Dingo Pictures, with the last known company report taking place on February 5th, 2020, and the last change in the register entry taking place on June 3rd, 1996.
From both Georg Feilsand and Can Oral's accounts about working for the company, the crew seemed to mostly comprise of family and friends of both Haas and Ickert. Many of the Dingo staff were also actors who work at Die Dramatische Bühne, a theater house residing in Frankfurt. Among the staff known to work there are Simone Greiss, Armin Drogat, Raija Siikavirta, and Thorsten Morawietz. Roswitha Haas died in 2015 at the age of 75.
The studio produced traditionally-animated cartoons based on fairy tales and concepts plagiarizing the works of Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. Its first movie was produced in 1992 under the title Griechische Sagen: Perseus. Later followed films like Die schönsten Geschichten vom Osterhasen, of which parts of the film are still being used today as a learning program The animations of their movies were done at extremely low-budget with Deluxe Paint on the Amiga. The method seems to have involved recording the backgrounds, and then syncing the animation up to the camera. Although probably less time-consuming than traditional animation, which involves use of cels and photos, this also led to many issues, such as a fly appearing on the camera recording in Pocahontas. The dubs were done in collaboration with a company known as World Wide Voices; Ickert voiced some of the characters of his movies, alongside Simone Greiss, Armin Drogat, Georg Feils, and Hanna Kandler. In 1994 and 1995 they also worked on semi-animated films told in the style of a storybook. Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (1997) and The Sword of Camelot (1998) also included live-action narrators (played by Georg Feils and Armin Drogat respectively).
According to the official website, they also create songs, animated mascots, and advertisements for businesses in cooperation with a company only known as "FERRI". They also claim to produce animated movies and audio dubs for businesses by commission.
The last film produced before the company's temporary hiatus was Atlantis in 2001, and it is currently unknown what specifically happened to the company between the years of 2001 and 2004. One common theory is that the rise of computer-generated 3D films threw the company into a problem of attempting to rip off 3D films whilst still using the 2D-animated assets, which led to the company going into a hiatus; in 2004, the company produced the film Benni und seine Freunde, a re-edited version of both Peter und der Wolf and Balto, narrated by Rainer Maria Ehrhardt, and produced Die kleine Hexe Arischa, in 2005. The film notably features more complicated special effects and more music tracks compared to the rest of Dingo's output, and would turn out to be Dingo's last movie before stopping production entirely.
In 2006, the website was updated. In 2017, Edutain4Kids, a company based in Ipswich, released a set of ebooks based on five Dingo Pictures movies.
In March 2019, a Russian YouTuber named "milan vosk", who lives in Germany, drove to the studio/house and made a video about it. He says that a woman told him that he had moved out around 2006, which also happens to be when Dingo Pictures's final production was released. However, this contradicts evidence that Ickert still lived in the house, including a Couchsurfing account. Probably, only Haas had moved out.
Ickert died on November 14, 2019 in Friedrichsdorf. Dingo Pictures' website was shut down in January of 2021, with all but the main page being deleted, with the main page saying that the site is "closed indefinitely".
In January 2021, Amelia Tait wrote an article for The Guardian about "mockbusters." In the article, she has interviews with the founders of animated studios Video Brinquedo and Spark Plug Entertainment, and mentions trying to contact staff for an interview regarding the company. In the article, she refers to the company as producing "the world's most infamous mockbusters."
Titles are taken from official website, although titles vary on DVD covers. Releases are taken from Ozon.ru; order is based on release years and isn`t exact; source materials are presupposed by Mockbuster Wiki users.
- Perseus (1992)
- Siegfried (1992)
- Easterbunnies (1993) (source material unknown)
- Aladin (1993) (knock-off of Aladdin)
- King of the Animals (1994) (knock-off of The Lion King and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride)
- Lion and the King (also known as "King of the Animals 2" and "Son of the Lion King") (1994) (knock-off of The Lion King and The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride)
- Goldie - Adventures in the Forest of Mystery (1994) (knock-off of Bambi, The Animals Of Farthing Wood and The Fox and The Hound)
- The Mousepolice (1995) (knock-off of The Great Mouse Detective, Danger Mouse and The Rescuers)
- Nice Cats (also known as "Lucy and Lionel") (1995) (knock-off of The Aristocats, Cats Don't Dance and Oliver and Company)
- Pocahontas (1995) (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Janis, the little piglet (1996) (knock-off of Charlotte's Web and Babe)
- Animal Soccer World (also known as "The Animals Soccer Match') (1996) (knock-off of Bedknobs & Broomsticks and Simba le Roi Lion)
- Wabuu: The Cheeky Raccoon (1996) (knock-off of The Jungle Book and The Jungle Book 2)
- Toys (1996) (knock-off of Toy Story and Toy Story 2)
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1996) (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Hercules (1996) (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Little Dalmatians (1997) (knock-off of 101 Dalmatians, Pound Puppies, Lady and the Tramp and All Dogs Go To Heaven)
- The Musicians of Bremen (1997) (knock-off of The Fearless Four)
- Puss in Boots (1997) (knock-off of Argus International's version)
- Balto (1997) (knock-off of Universal Pictures' version)
- Prince for Egypt (1998) (knock-off of The Prince of Egypt)
- Sword of Camelot (1998) (knock-off of The Sword in the Stone)
- Tarzan: The Lord of the Jungle (1999) (knock-off of Tarzan)
- ... more Dalmatians (2000) (knock-off of 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2)
- Dinosaur Adventure (2000) (knock-off of The Land Before Time and Dinosaur)
- Countryside Bears (2000) (knock-off of Winnie The Pooh and The Country Bears)
- Atlantis (2001) (knock-off of Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Anastasia (2002) (knock-off of Fox Animated Studios's version)
- Benni and his friends (2004) (source material unknown)
- Arischa, the little witch (2006) (knock-off of Kiki's Delivery Service)
The original distributors for the movies on VHS and audio cassette were Best Buy Video and Jünger Verlag, later the company's films were distributed by random DVD companies, where Power Channel GmbH and Best Entertainment were two of the most common. Later, DVDs and CDs were sold in their own online shop. During the 90's and early 2000's, the films were released on VHS and DVD in Scandinavian countries by Danish company Kids Only. Until 2014, the films were distributed by Digi Planet International GmbH. They were also released by Fun Kid's in France, Legocart and Bimbo Cartoons in Italy, and East West Entertainment in the United States.
Seventeen of the movies' English dubs have been distributed by the companies Midas Interactive and Phoenix Games on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii, accompanied by simple mini-games (such as slide puzzles) developed by British studio The Code Monkeys.
The Phoenix and Midas releases, alongside the Italian releases from Legocart, were seemingly licensed from a Dutch company called T.R.S. Media B.V. What this company's direct relation to Dingo Pictures was is currently unknown, but it seems to have licensed the films from either Dingo themselves or one of the distributors. T.R.S. Media mostly seemed to publish Dingo movies through CD-ROM games.
In 2017, Edutain4Kids, a company based in Ipswich, released a set of ebooks based on five Dingo Pictures movies.
Phoenix Entertainment games
British-Dutch video game company Phoenix Games is known for distibuting animated movies (mostly Dingo Pictures') to PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.
- Cinderella (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Legend of Herkules (knock-off of Hercules)
- Mighty Mulan (knock-off of Mulan)
- Peter Pan (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Pinocchio (knock-off of Disney's version)
- Snow White and the Seven Clever Boys (knock-off of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Phoenix Games declared bankruptcy on August 3rd, 2010. On March 27th, 2012 the bankruptcy was suspended due to a lack of income.
The Dingo Pictures' cartoons are highly regarded as some of the worst animated films ever, with plots plagiarizing works by Disney, Pixar, Don Bluth and DreamWorks, extremely low-budget animation, repetitive dialogue, reuse of music and sound effects, poor voice acting and lack of dub actors (with the majority of their movies having 4 voice actors or less), shoddy character designs often looking as if it were traced from another cartoon, inconsistent titles, swearing and horrifically dark scenes in films meant for little children, and disjointed plot lines that almost always go nowhere.
Most of the animation, especially animal animations, is reused many times. Dingo seemingly uses a "stockpile" of animation when they create their atrocities. For example, a bulldog who is usually named "Butch" or "Butcher" is used in both Animal Soccer World and Dalmatians 2. Also, unique animations made for specific cartoons are re-used many times within the same cartoon. Background music is also a victim to this practice.
Dingo does the same with character designs. They´ll copy and paste designs several times across their movies. They´ll occasionally be recolored or modified in someway. But the end result will still look obviously reused to those who have seen at least two Dingo movies. Examples include the gorillas from Lion and the King being reused for Tarzan: The Lord of the Jungle and Dinosaur Adventure. The designs (and voices) were reused with no modification what so ever.
The poor international dubs of the cartoons have also gained popularity. The company has gained infamy in recent years, with both its output in general and specifically a clip from the Italian dub of Dinosaur Adventure, in which Oro, the teacher dinosaur, scolds Peek for mocking Tio, the protagonist, for his parents having a new baby whilst he was gone; the way Oro pronounces "Peek" in a way that sounds like "Yee" became an Internet meme. The clip was originally uploaded by the YouTuber Celyciah on June 6th, 2010 under the title of "Dinosauri antropomorfi con voci ambigue" (it: "Anthropomorphic dinosaurs with ambiguous voices"). Two years later, the Italian YouTuber revergo uploaded an edited version of the clip, with Peek's voice being edited to sing along to the Bluevalley Filmmusik song "Hallo + Guten Morgen," composed by Martin Rennicke and used at the end of the movie. The edit was uploaded under the title of "Yee", and was eventually added to the infamous "important videos" playlist. The video has 82 million views and 1 million likes as of 2021.
On January 31, 2015, YouTube gamingchannel TVOngamenet uploaded 2015 SBENU League of Legends Championships video material. After IM vs NaJin II competition, a Korean woman is seen holding a Yee sign with Oro's picture.
In January 2021, Amelia Tait wrote an article for The Guardian about mockbusters movies and their companies; she stated that no one from Dingo Pictures responded to requests for an interview.
Dingo notably has around one to three voice actors in their films, but in rare cases there are also more. Pocahontas, for example, has 14 voice actors.
- Ludwig Ickert - Co founder of Dingo Pictures.
- Roswitha Haas - Co founder of Dingo Pictures.
- Simone Greiss - Also animator
- Armin Drogat - Best known as the voice of Wabuu
- Georg Feils - Also music composer.
- Alwine Ickert
- Pascal Drogat
- Günter Henne
- Ilona Strauss
- Hanna Kandler
- Dirk Regenbogen
- Bernt Moehrle
- Thomas Rousselet
- Mario Ciunel
- Edgar Silzer
- Jean Pinard