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Dr. Dolittle

The movie cover for Dr. Dolittle.
Directed by Betty Thomas
Produced by John Davis
David T. Friendly
Joseph Singer
Written by Hugh Lofting
Nat Mauldin
Larry Levin
Starring Eddie Murphy
Oliver Platt
Kristen Wilson
Richard Schiff
Kyla Pratt
Music by Richard Gibbs
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) June 12, 1998
Running time 85 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $70,500,000 (estimated)
Followed by Dr. Dolittle 2
IMDb profile

Dr. Dolittle is an American comedy film, released in 1998 and starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to (and understand) animals. The film was based on the series of children's stories of the same name, but none of the material from any of the novels was used; in fact, it could be said that one of the few resemblances is a doctor who can speak to animals. Notably the pushmi-pullyu, a much loved feature of the books, only makes a very brief appearance in the first scene in which the tiger appears in his cage. The first novel had been originally filmed in 1967 as a musical under the title Doctor Dolittle, a closer adaptation to the book. However, the earlier film was a box office bomb, but still remains a cult classic. Image File history File links Dr_dolittle_movie_1998. ... Betty Thomas (born July 27, 1947) is an American actress and director. ... John Davis is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment. ... Hugh John Lofting (Maidenhead, Berkshire, England January 14, 1886 - Topanga, California September 26, 1947) was a British author, trained as a civil engineer, who created the character of Doctor Dolittle - one of the classics of childrens literature. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Oliver Platt as The West Wings Oliver Babish Oliver Platt (born January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian film and television actor. ... Kristen Wilson (born November 11, 1969) is an actress who was born and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, near Boston. ... Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing, a role for which he won an Emmy Award. ... Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986), is an American actress and occasional singer. ... Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman (born on December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actress, R&B and pop singer, songwriter, dancer, and television producer, best known for her roles as Olivia Kendall in The Cosby Show and as Raven Baxter in her own show, Thats So Raven. ... Richard Ribbs Gibbs was the keyboard player for the New Wave band Oingo Boingo from 1980 to 1984. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Dr. Dolittle 2 is an American comedy film, the theatrical sequel to Dr. Dolittle. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Doctor Dolittle is the central character of a series of childrens books by Hugh Lofting. ... The pushmi-pullyu (pronounced like push-me-pull-you) is a fictional breed of llama in the Doctor Dolittle novels and the 1967 film. ... Lauren steiger, born in 1992 at Royal Womens hospital started acting and modelling at the age of 2 and is now currently 15 working in Milan on the catwalks. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 musical film which tells the story of a doctor who learns from his pet parrot to talk to animals. ... Cleopatra is the biggest box-office bomb of all time. ...

The remake, however, was a success, and generated a theatrical sequel that was released in 2001, simply titled Dr. Dolittle 2. Both films also starred Raven Symone and Kyla Pratt as Dolittle's daughters. A third movie, Dr. Dolittle 3, with Pratt playing the main character, was released direct-to-video in 2006, however, it did not star Eddie Murphy or Symone. A fourth film, Dr. Dolittle: Tail To The Chief, will be released straight to DVD in 2008. For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Dr. Dolittle 2 is an American comedy film, the theatrical sequel to Dr. Dolittle. ... Raven-Symone as Raven Raven-Symon Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA), known professionally as Raven-Symon , is an African American actress, singer, and former model. ... Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986), is an American actress and occasional singer. ... Dr. Dolittle 3 is a 2006 American comedy film. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


The film starts out with Lucky the Dog (Norm Macdonald) is explaining in narration how it is so easy to pretend to talk with your dog. He then adds, "but what if it was not pretend". Norm MacDonald Norman Gene MacDonald (born October 17, 1963) is a bilingual Canadian actor and comedian. ...

The film now opens to John Dolittle as a kid talking to his Dog (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres). He asks his dog questions, one being "Why do dogs sniff each others butts"? Her response is that it's their way of shaking hands. His father (Ossie Davis) hears the question and says that the dog doesn't have any idea what he said. He was wrong. He finds this out when John meets his new principal, he sniffs his butt. The dog obviously knows something is going to happen. When his father hires a minister to remove the evil from him (and freaking him out), the dog saves him by biting the minister. The dog is then taken up for adoption. John is very upset now. He never talks to animals again (for now). Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. ... Butts is a surname, and may refer to: Alfred Mosher Butts Calvin O. Butts Clyde Butts Gerald M. Butts James Butts Mr. ... Ossie Davis in The Green Pastures, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1951 Ossie Davis (December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an African American film actor, director and social activist. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      For other types of...

Thirty years later, we see John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) shooing a puppy out of his apartment. He is a doctor, married with two kids. His oldest daughter Charisse (Raven Symone) is a gangster gal who wants to be named Paprika. His youngest daughter Maya (Kyla Pratt) is a nerdy girl who does experiments, such as raising a swan egg (or so she thinks) so it will bond with her. She also has a Guinea Pig named Rodney (Chris Rock). His wife Lisa (Kristen Wilson) just wants to spend time with him. Meanwhile at work, a big medical company owner Calloway (Peter Boyle) wants to buy the company. Everyone is very excited because this means much more money. John also takes his family out in the country for vacation. After taking the family to the country, he has to stay late at work to give Mrs. Parkus (Cherie Franklin), a woman who is addicted to shellfish even though she is really allergic to it, medication. For other uses, see Eddie Murphy (disambiguation). ... Raven-Symone as Raven Raven-Symon Christina Pearman (born December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA), known professionally as Raven-Symon , is an African American actress, singer, and former model. ... Capsicum fruit which comes in various shapes and colours can be used to make paprika. ... Kyla Alissa Pratt (born September 16, 1986), is an American actress and occasional singer. ... For other uses, see Guinea pig (disambiguation). ... Christopher Julius Rock III[5] (born February 7, 1965)[6][7] is an Emmy Award winning American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ... Kristen Wilson (born November 11, 1969) is an actress who was born and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, near Boston. ... Peter Lawrence Boyle (October 18, 1935 – December 12, 2006)[1][2] was an Emmy Award-winning American actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. ...

Driving home, he accidentily hits Lucky. Even though he feels terrible, Lucky, alive and well, walks away and shouts "Watch where you're going next time, you bone-head!". This is the first time an animal talks to him years later. While asleep, Rodney sneaks from under the covers to see John. The next day, he is driving Rodney to the country and Rodney starts talking to him. He than realizes that John can speak to animals but John says that the thing that made him talk to animals would not affect him but after those years, this starts happening to him. To stop the annoyance, John puts Rodney on the roof of the car. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Up in the country, an owl wants him to remove a twig in her wing. After this happens, she tells all the animals about this. Soon, animals start asking favors to John. Scared, he goes to see Dr. Litvak (Steven Gilborn) for a CAT scan, but nothing is wrong with him. He then meets two trash eating rats that obiously don't like him. The next day he finds Lucky being taken to a kennel. For other uses, see Owl (disambiguation). ... Steven Gilborn is an American actor he has guest starred in a number notable television series including JAG, ER, The West Wing, NYPD Blue and among other shows just to name a few. ... CAT apparatus in a hospital Computed axial tomography (CAT), computer-assisted tomography, computed tomography, CT, or body section roentgenography is the process of using digital processing to generate a three-dimensional image of the internals of an object from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around...

So he takes Lucky out and then to the vet (which is a funny scene where Lucky gets a thermometer stuck up his butt). Thinking he got rid of Lucky, Lisa calls and Lucky starts woofing to make it sound like John got a Dog. So John makes a deal with Maya. If she stays at camp, Lucky is all hers. That night, a large bunch of animals come to see the Doctor for treatment, such as a drunken circus monkey, two dysfunctional pigeons, a homosexual goat with a rash, an OCD dog , and some cloned sheep with rectal trauma. After treating a horse with near-sightedness, the drunk monkey tells the Doctor about a sick circus tiger (voiced by Albert Brooks). They find him atop a 5-story building attempting to commit suicide, while the rats make fun of him. John and Lucky confront him saying that everyone loves tigers(using Tony the Tiger and "Eye of the Tiger" as examples) and that he can cure him. his working with animals is distracting him from a meeting with Calloway and spending time with his wife. Soon Lisa finds all the animals. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer, comedian and director. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...

She and Mark catch him giving CPR to one of the rats, which was a false alarm (a.k.a Gas). They send him to an asylum, where he meets Blaine, one of his enemies from medical school. Meanwhile, the Tiger is getting sicker, so Lucky tries to save John. John is mad at all the animals for sending him to the asylum. But Lucky says that he is hiding from his past self. With the help of Blaine's cat, John is released. Maya is home because she did not fit in, but she tells her Grandpa that she believes her dad has the gift of gab. Overhearing this, he realizes his mistake, so during the party where Calloway will buy the company, John and Lucky kidnap the tiger so they can cure him. Meanwhile, Rodney is at the party having fun. They break Mark's nose so they can get to the emergency room. Meanwhile, the police are after Dolittle, but Lucky gathers all the animals of San Francisco to help guard the building in which John is operating on the tiger. For other uses, see Tiger (disambiguation). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

But because they need to go through the party, and because Rodney is there, the tiger, whose name is Jake, comes out from under the hospital bed and scares everyone. Now everyone is watching the operation. Lisa is now upset that her husband thinks he can talk to animals. John's father reveals he can talk to animals. With that said, she comes in the operating room to comfort the tiger. John finds out that it is a blood clot, and with that, saves his life. Calloway is watching this and he is very amused. He wants to buy the company, but John refuses.

In the end, John is now a human doctor and an animal doctor. Maya's egg hatches, revealing to be an alligator. The rats are mad that the ending is happy. The owl shows up and chases the two. John and Lucky are seen walking to the circus and talking about things, while the song "Talk with the Animals" plays in the background. For other uses, see Alligator (disambiguation). ...


The Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack was released in 1998 about half a year after the movie. The album soundtrack featured Aaliyah, Ray J, Timbaland, All Saints, R. Kelly, Ginuwine, Dawn Robinson and Missy Elliott, as well as other less-known artists. The lead single That's Why I Lie managed to peak at number 71 on the UK chart only. The album's second single "Are You That Somebody" recorded by Aaliyah and featuring Timbaland reached top ten on several charts, eventually making it to number one on the R&B Airplay chart and number 1 in New Zealand. The soundtrack reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and #2 in US R&B, selling almost 140,000 copies in the opening week. The album stayed in the charts for a good 34 weeks. The album is certified Double Platinum, with soundscan sales of over 2 million. It spent 25 weeks on the R&B Charts. For other uses, see Aliyah (disambiguation). ... Ray J on the cover of Raydiation (2005) William Ray Norwood Jr. ... Timothy Z. Mosley (born March 10, 1971), better known by his stage name Timbaland, is a Grammy winning American record producer, composer, rapper, and singer. ... All Saints are an English Pop girl band that released their debut self-titled album in 1997. ... R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional rapper. ... Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, known by his stage name Ginuwine,(born October 15, 1975) is an American R&B singer and an occasional actor. ... Dawn Robinson on her album Dawn Dawn Robinson (born November 28, 1968 in New London, Connecticut) is an African-American R&B/soul/Dance-pop singer mostly best known for her work as a member of hit Urban/Dance-pop group En Vogue. ... Melissa Arnette Elliott (born July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), better known as Missy Elliott, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, MC, and record producer. ... Thats Why I Lie is an R&B single of the Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack and managed to chart in UK only. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... Are You That Somebody? is a 1998 hit single by Aaliyah featuring producer Timbaland. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

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