Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy


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A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

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  • Eddie Murphy in Doctor Dolittle (1998)
  • Eddie Murphy in Doctor Dolittle (1998)
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16 May 2010 | TheLittleSongbird
6
| Not brilliant by all means, but a nice watch
I have seen a fair few comparisons to the 1967 film with Rex Harrison, now I saw the 1967 film as a kid and kind of liked it but it is something I need to re-watch. This film is basically a remake, minus the songs, and while it isn't brilliant and no masterpiece in any shape or form, it does have its good things. The film's plot is very slight, and the script has its weak spots while having some funny ones as well. And there is sometimes uneven pacing and direction. But it is nicely filmed, and the music is nice enough. The acting was also pretty good. Eddie Murphy does a serviceable job as John Dolittle, his role is not really like the ones he had in Beverly Hills Cop or Trading Places which also happens to two of his better movies, but he does well, and I will say he has been worse and he's been in worse films too. Kyla Pratt looks lovely and acts nicely as Maya, and Ossie Davis is good as well. The voice cast carry the picture as the animals who (along with the above average effects) steal the show. Consisting of the likes of Garry Shandling, John Leguizamo and Gilbert Gottfried they do great jobs, however Oliver Platt and Peter Boyle have little to do. Overall, a nice watch but nothing exceptional. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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The clever animal actor named Sammy, aka Lucky, wasn't always living in the lap of stardom. Sam was discovered by a trainer from Birds & Animals Unlimited, at the East Valley Shelter in Los Angeles. Sam was approximately five to six years old at the time and is a multi-cultural canine. One of his trainers, Mark Forbes, claims that Sam has exceptional intelligence in that he was able to learn behaviors in a very short amount of time. "Not that all dogs aren't capable of learning these things", noted Stacy Basil, one of Sam's handlers. "Most dog owners have a diamond in the rough right in their backyards. All they need to do is polish it up." Sam was trained to go with the actor and simultaneously look back and forth and move his jaw as if speaking. Stacy compared this, in human trick terms, to walking, talking, nodding, chewing gum, rubbing your stomach and patting your head all at the same time. Applause for Sam! Dolittle is the newest version of the delightful premise that humans can actually talk to animals.


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Lucky: You know, they say the great thing about being a kid is, it's so easy to pretend. You can have a conversation with your dog or a baseball or a banana. Well, what if wasn't pretend? What if you could have a conversation. I mean, not with a baseball ...


Goofs

Adult tigers weigh around 600lbs. However, John's SUV doesn't squat an inch or bounce when the tiger enters and exits it on the way to the surgery.


Soundtracks

Woof Woof
Written by V. Bryant
Performed by
69 Boyz
69 Boyz perform courtesy of Home Bass Entertainment / Quadrasound /
Atlantic Recording Corp.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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