Dr. Dolittle 2

Dr. Dolittle 2

Director: Steve Carr

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Jeffrey Jones

     
 

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The doctor is in once again in this hit sequel Dr. Dolittle 2 starring Eddie Murphy. Fox has done commendable work on this disc, making sure that the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clean, clear, and nearly perfect. No grain, dirt, or edge enhancement is spotted throughout the entire film. The audio is equally as good, featuring a Dolby Digital 5.1

Overview

The doctor is in once again in this hit sequel Dr. Dolittle 2 starring Eddie Murphy. Fox has done commendable work on this disc, making sure that the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks clean, clear, and nearly perfect. No grain, dirt, or edge enhancement is spotted throughout the entire film. The audio is equally as good, featuring a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While this is not really an effects-heavy feature, overall the speakers are utilized often by way of background music or dialogue. All aspects of the 5.1 track are clear of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 track in English and French, as well as English and Spanish subtitles. Dr. Dolittle 2 is packed to the brim with special features. Included on this disc is a funny screen- specific commentary track by director Steve Carr and co-producer Heidi Santelli, a "The Making of Dr. Dolittle 2" featurette, "Bear Necessities: A Kid's Guide to Grizzlies," "Making Movie Magic With Rhythm and Hues," and "Wild on the Set With Tank the Bear." Taken together these short behind-the-scenes features give the viewer some insights into how the film was made, plus an interesting look into the characters (both human and animal). Two extended sequences are available with optional commentary, plus some storyboard sequences that don't offer a lot to the proceedings. Finally, there is a music video by Product G & B featuring Wyclef, a promo spot for the soundtrack, two non-anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailers, and no less than 12 TV spots for Dr. Dolittle 2. This edition of Dr. Dolittle 2 should please fans in all areas of the disc, even if you don't own a talking dog or lizard.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0024543026686
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
5,415

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's commentary; Extended scenes; HBO "Making of" documentary; "Bear Necessities" - a kids' guide to grizzlies; Storyboard-to-film comparisons; "Wild on the Set" featurette with Tank the Bear; Theatrical trailers & TV spots; Music video: "Cluck Cluck" by the Product G&B with Wyclef; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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
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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Pepito
3. Charisse
4. Eric
5. The Beaver's Request
6. The Birthday Cake
7. The God Beaver
8. A Court Order
9. Archie
10. Doggy Desire
11. In the Woods
12. The Bearathon
13. Basic Training
14. All Alone
15. The Cowardly Bear
16. Ava
17. Meeting With Potter
18. Back at the Cabin
19. Archie and the Hive
20. Capture
21. Charisse's Talent
22. Animal Power
23. Saving the Species
24. End Titles

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