Dr. Dolittle 2

Dr. Dolittle 2

Director: Steve Carr

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Jeffrey Jones

     
 

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Eddie Murphy returns as a doctor with a gift for talking to animals in this sequel to a box-office blockbuster. Murphy is John Dolittle, who this time around attempts to save an endangered Pacific forest from lumber industry forces by reintegrating an endangered species of bear back into the wild. Unfortunately, Dolittle's candidate is a performing bear (voice of… See more details below

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Eddie Murphy returns as a doctor with a gift for talking to animals in this sequel to a box-office blockbuster. Murphy is John Dolittle, who this time around attempts to save an endangered Pacific forest from lumber industry forces by reintegrating an endangered species of bear back into the wild. Unfortunately, Dolittle's candidate is a performing bear (voice of Steve Zahn) with a taste for junk food and no natural skills in the wild. If Dolittle is going to save the species and its habitat, he must get him to mate with a fussy female (Lisa Kudrow) by providing lessons in winning the heart of the opposite sex. Dr. Dolittle's problems are compounded by a local animal work stoppage and furry woodland creatures who have organized their own version of the Mafia. Norm Macdonald returns as the voice of Lucky the Dog, co-starring with Kevin Pollak, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Rapaport, Molly Shannon, Reni Santoni, and Kristen Wilson.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
This PG-rated sequel to Eddie Murphy's critter-crazy 1998 hit is much more family-friendly than the original, and that's a good thing. Murphy, too, seems to be a bit more at ease here, even as the animals continue to get all the best lines. Dr. Dolittle's veterinary practice couldn’t be better, but his ability to talk to the animals still embarrasses his 16-year-old daughter. The good doctor's life is thrown into further turmoil when the Godbeaver, a woodland capo, makes him an offer he can't refuse: Save a forest from unscrupulous developers (Jeffrey Jones and Kevin Pollack). To do that, he will have to find a mate for an endangered female bear (voiced by Friends star Lisa Kudrow). The solution involves coaxing a third-rate circus bear (Steve Zahn) who is, well, a bit sheepish. So Dolittle goes into Dr. Ruth Westheimer mode, which recalls the original Dr. Dolittle, Rex Harrison, in another role -- as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, tutoring…Eliza Doolittle! It would be enough to give you Hepburn, were it not such good fun. Dolittle 2 has all the bear necessities: animal antics and the bodily-function gags to make youngsters giggle, plus pop-culture references and the occasional mildly naughty joke to keep adults from squawking.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Hilarious scenes involving comic star Eddie Murphy talking to the animals combine with some badly handled subplots, poor transitions, and inane characters to result in a mishmash of a family comedy sequel. The interactions between Murphy and the central zoological figure of the story, a bear named Archie (well voiced by Steve Zahn), are the high-concept spine of the film, and these moments work brilliantly. Trying to provide lessons in machismo and romance to a soft, pampered circus bear, Murphy comes to farcical life, openly channeling Bill Cosby so well that his performance has to be labeled homage. Other scenes involving communicative fauna work just as well, with Dr. Dolittle meeting the "Godbeaver," and backing up cable TV's crocodile hunter. In the B-stories and connecting threads between its clip reel highlights, however, Steve Carr's follow-up falls badly to pieces. Two subplots involving Dolittle's daughter (Raven-Symone) take too much time away from the main plot line and don't provide much fun. Even worse are a pair of greedy developers played by Jeffrey Jones and Kevin Pollak, solid performers utterly lost in characters so slight and virtually cameo-like in nature that it's a distraction that anyone recognizable played them. Dr. Dolittle 2 has its worthwhile moments and kids will probably love it, but it feels too much like a collection of terrific central scenes around which a flimsy plot has been hurriedly pasted together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
UPC:
0024543026679
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:27:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Dr. Doolittle
Kristen Wilson Lisa Doolittle
Jeffrey Jones Joseph Potter
Kevin Pollak Jack Riley,Crocodile
Raven Symone Charisse Dolittle
Kyla Pratt Maya Dolittle
Lil' Zane Eric
Steve Zahn Beaver
Norm MacDonald Lucky
Lisa Kudrow Avy
Jacob Vargas Pepito
J. Michael Epps Sonny
Mike Epps Sonny
Michael Rapaport Joey the Raccoon
Isaac Hayes Possum
Richard Sarafian God Beaver
Andy Dick Lennie the Weasel
Cedric the Entertainer Zoo Bear
John Witherspoon Zoo Bear #2
Joey Lauren Adams Squirrel
Andy Richter Eugene Wilson
Jamie Kennedy Bandit/Forest Animal/Animal Groupie #1
Hal Sparks School Fish #1
Steve Irwin The Crocodile Hunter
Bart the Bear Actor

Technical Credits
Steve Carr Director
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Juel Bestrop Casting
Richard Bradford Art Director
Ruth E. Carter Costumes/Costume Designer
John Davis Producer
Robert Gould Set Decoration/Design
Jim Halty Stunts
Craig Herring Editor
Michele Imperato Co-producer
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
Larry Levin Screenwriter
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
David Newman Score Composer
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer
Brad Ricker Art Director
William Sandell Production Designer
Heidi Santelli Co-producer
Joseph M. Singer Executive Producer
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design

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