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Dolittle

Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr.
Director: Stephen Gaghan Cast: Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
, Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas
, Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
Stephen Gaghan

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Overview

Nothing is funnier to a kid than talking animals and jokes about flatulence. Nothing is sweeter to a preteen than a kiss on the cheek. And for adults, nothing is more ironic than an enduring story that confirms their worst anxieties in front of those same kids. Dolittle, directed and co-written by Stephen Gaghan, combines all these elements and more in a cheeky family-fun adventure. The story, however, couldn't be more different from the well-known 1998 version. That film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who could speak to animals was grounded in small-town reality. In this adaptation, Robert Downey Jr.'s Dolittle is about as grounded as the International Space Station. In order to save his land from being forfeited upon the death of the Queen of England, Dolittle and his misfit animals venture hundreds of miles to South America in search of a precious plant to save her life. Instead of dubbed real-life animals, the animals are rendered from visual effects. They are gorgeous, lifelike creations. The image of the squirrel inside the bag with a gunshot wound is heartbreaking. When the bear is asked to do a "bear thing" and he roars in the ostrich's face, the etched ferociousness is scary. The effects bring out the liveliness of the animals as well as the story. Dolittle is a smashing, good family time in large thanks to the humor. Every joke leads in or ends a pressing issue faced by the characters. One of the most notable and yet infinitesimal examples would be the fly on a ship that gets eaten by a bird after his final words, "I'm alive, I'm the chosen one!" Without missing a beat, as if nothing happened at all, Michael Sheen's villainous character is in his ship scolding a subordinate for scolding him about his Dolittle obsession. It's a nonstop, nonsensical parade of fun. And the ringleader holding the chaos all together is Downey Jr. He has solidified his brand of sarcastic humor in the last decade with the likes of Zodiac, Iron Man, and Sherlock Holmes, to name a few. But what he does in Dolittle is offer proof that his comedy translates to a very young audience. The same curt brashness from previous films is also in Dolittle, albeit toned down and made anxious, vulnerable, and relatable. Dolittle is frightened like a child would be. But he's also pushed into a very adult situation where the more helpless creatures are depending on him for courage and leadership. It's a tightrope walk that seems like a cake walk for Downey Jr. His accent is an odd, Frankenstein-esque creation, which is not quite British or American. It inches closely to a lilting, high Alice in Wonderland character. But its strangeness is amusing and seems perfectly suited for Dolittle's world. No matter which way you turn, though, the film is directly speaking to some demographic of its audience. The squirrel suffers from PTSD. The gorilla is afraid of everything. Dolittle is afraid of losing someone he loves again. The young boy aches to be with those who truly understand him. That's what the best family films are able to convey; they understand the heart of everyone's fears under the mirage of fantastical stakes and effervescent humor. It's a whimsy retelling and quick to the point. Perhaps not as memorable as other remakes, but families will enjoy the insistent silliness. ~ Lauren Vanderveen

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2020
UPC: 0191329081792
Original Release: 2020
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Format: Blu-ray
Sales rank: 63,745

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Actor,Dr. John Dolittle
Antonio Banderas King Rassouli
Michael Sheen Dr. Blair Mudfly
Jim Broadbent Lord Thomas Badgley
Jessie Buckley Queen Victoria
Harry Collett Tommy Stubbins
Emma Thompson Poly
Rami Malek Chee-Chee
John Cena Yoshi
Kumail Nanjiani Plimpton
Octavia Spencer Dab-Dab
Tom Holland Jip
Craig Robinson Kevin
Ralph Fiennes Barry
Selena Gomez Betsy
Marion Cotillard Tutu
Kasia Smutniak Lily Dolittle
Carmel Laniado Lady Rose
Frances de la Tour Dragon
Jason Mantzoukas James the Dragonfly
Ralph Ineson Arnall Stubbins
Joanna Page Bethan Stubbins
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis Amall Stubbins Jr.
Oliver Chris Sir Gareth
Clive Francis Archbishop
Paul Holowaty Navy Man
Elliot Barnes-Worrell Captain William Derrick
Mark Umbers Lieutenant
David Sheinkopf Don Carpenterino
Sid Sagar Jeff the Prisoner
Martin Pemberton Postman
Tim Treloar Humphrey the Whale
Jim Carretta Beard Mouse and Leona
Nick A. Fisher Mini the Sugar Glider
Matt King Clyde
Ranjani Brow Mouse
Kelly Stables Mouse
Scott Menville Army Ant
Gia Davis Baby Animal
Henry Holcomb Baby Animal
Kyrie McAlpin Baby Animal
Isley Zamora Baby Animal
Stewart Scudamore Pirate
Samson Kayo Pirate
John-Luke Roberts Pirate/Animal Performer
Joseph Balderrama Prisoner
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill Prisoner
Jane Leaney Animal Performer
Josh Jefferies On Set Chee-Chee/Animal Performer
Shaun McKee On Set Yoshi/Animal Performer

Technical Credits
Stephen Gaghan Director,Screenwriter
Pier-Olivier Allard Animator
Jano Olmos Alonso Animator
Craig Alpert Editor
Aldric Lopez Vergara Anaya Animator
Guillaume Aussenac Animator
Jamie Austad Animator
Betina Badea Animator
Ravi Bansal Art Director
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Berthelot Animator
Valentin Bertrand Animator
Lucy Bevan Casting
Sreemanendu Bhatta Animator
Sarah Bradshaw Executive Producer
Justin Brunett Animator
Silvia Ortiz Cabanas Animator
Daniel Cabral Animator
Rafael Cardenas Animator
Ngan Chung Animator
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
William M. Connor Asst. Director,Co-producer
Igor Copelli Animator
Will Coubrough Art Director
Maxime Delalande Animator
Peter Dorme Art Director
Robert Downey Executive Producer
Susan Downey Producer
Danielle Dumont Animator
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Jody Eltham Special Effects
Zoe Furness Animator
Omar Gamal Animator
Vincenzo Giaquinto Animator
Gunes Gocmen Animator
Zach Goheen Sound Editor
Rahul Mohan Gore Animator
Dan Gregor Screenwriter
Jeff Kirschenbaum Producer
Sylvain Lasseur Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Laugier Art Director
Lok-Kei Law Animator
Doug Mand Screenwriter
Leo Marcil Sound Editor
Ariel Rafael Suero Medina Animator
Jon Mone Executive Producer
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Al Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Orloff Sound Mixer
Daniel Phillips Makeup
Janine Recio Animator
Julia Reck Animator
Oliver Roberts Art Director
Joe Roth Producer
Yves Ruprecht Animator
Thomas Shepherd Original Story
Tom Whitehead Art Director
Gary Tomkins Art Director
Tina Tsou Animator
Dominic Tuohy Special Effects Supervisor
Dominic Watkins Production Designer
Tom Weaving Art Director
Amie Wilson Makeup
Louise Young Makeup
Yuen-Ki Yu Animator
Loic Zimmermann Art Director