Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Dolittle

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Director: Betty Thomas

Cast: Betty Thomas, Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

     
 

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Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the present day. When noted surgeon Dr. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) swerves his car to avoid hitting a dog, he hits his head on the windshield, triggering his long-dormant gift for holding conversations with animals. Friends,… See more details below

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Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the present day. When noted surgeon Dr. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) swerves his car to avoid hitting a dog, he hits his head on the windshield, triggering his long-dormant gift for holding conversations with animals. Friends, associates and his wife Lisa (Kristen Wilson), all express concern, but Dr. Dolittle is happy as he takes on new animal clients. Soon Dolittle's clinic becomes a haven for talking rats, birds, and other assorted members of the animal kingdom, and Dolittle's new four-legged and furry friends, in turn, teach him a few things about being human. The effects seamlessly combine Jim Henson Creature Shop animatronics, computer graphics, and real animals, but some viewers might yearn for a return of the Great Pink Sea Snail and Lofting's other imaginative creatures. The 1967 20th Century Fox musical Dr. Dolittle starred Rex Harrison in a strange storyline that began with Dolittle escaping from a lunatic asylum and leaving the Victorian village Puddleby-by-the-Marsh, England, to search the South Seas for the Great Pink Sea Snail. Along the way, he gathered diverse Dolittle denizens and animal anomalies, including the Giant Moon Moth and the famed, two-headed Pushmi-Pullyu. The earlier film spawned the Oscar-winning popular song success, "Talk To The Animals," along with numerous now-forgotten toys, books, and collectibles.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Eddie Murphy continues to repeat his successful formula of mixing comedy with high-tech special effects with this family comedy, although this time he's not the one underneath a mountain of makeup. Director Betty Thomas scores another coup at the box office, and all concerned will be quickly on their way to sequel-ville, even if Murphy is doing not much more than his best Bill Cosby imitation. It doesn't matter, because the real stars of Dr. Dolittle are the host of talking animals. Spouting cleverly written lines via vocal cameos from aptly cast celebrities and doing so with the help of a convincing special effects cocktail of digital animation, live animals, and puppets, the chatting critters are the real reason to check out the film. Everyone from Murphy and Thomas to the film's clever marketing strategists knows it, with the star pulling back from his showy, multiple role-playing kinetics to portray an affable healer. Fox has discovered a successful formula here that genuinely appeals to a wide array of ages, and just as with Murphy's Nutty Professor series, the filmmakers and studio should reap the rewards of a long-running franchise if the one-liners remain funny and the animals entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
UPC:
0024543703419
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
36,203

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Dr. John Dolittle
Ossie Davis Archer Dolittle
Oliver Platt Dr. Mark Weller
Peter Boyle Calloway
Richard Schiff Dr. Gene Reiss
Kristen Wilson Lisa Dolittle
Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Fish
Kyla Pratt Maya Dolittle
Raven Symone Charisse Dolittle
Steven Gilborn Dr. Litvack
Norm MacDonald Lucky
Albert Brooks Jacob
Chris Rock Rodney
Reni Santoni Rat #1
John Leguizamo Rat #2
Julie Kavner Female Pigeon
Garry Shandling Male Pigeon
Gilbert Gottfried Compulsive Dog
Ellen DeGeneres Voice Only

Technical Credits
Betty Thomas Director
Sue Baden-Powell Executive Producer
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
John Davis Producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Elliott Production Designer
Jon Farhat Special Effects Supervisor
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Foy Casting
David T. Friendly Producer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Richard Graves Asst. Director
James M. Halty Stunts
David Kirschner Sound/Sound Designer
Steph Lady Associate Producer
Larry Levin Screenwriter
Nat Mauldin Screenwriter
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Papalia Art Director
Joseph M. Singer Producer
Peter Teschner Editor
Jenno Topping Executive Producer

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