Dr. Dolittle [WS] [DVD] [1998]

Comedy legend Eddie Murphy marks his humorous territory among the ranks of talking animal movies in this hilarious adaptation of Hugh Loftin's classic children's stories from CBS/Fox Video. Letterboxed at 1.85:1 and presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, the disc also contains optional English and French Dolby Digital Surround in addition to English and Spanish subtitles. With a talented supporting cast that includes Chris Rock, Norm MacDonald, Garry Shandling, and Ellen DeGeneres, this tail of a doctor's special gift for communicating with wildlife is sure to entertain the whole pack. Extra features include an original theatrical trailer.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen format (aspect ratio: 1.85:1)
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Languages: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround
  • Subtitles: English; Spanish
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Dr. Dolittle
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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Dr. John Dolittle
  • Ossie Davis
    Ossie Davis - Archer Dolittle
  • Oliver Platt
    Oliver Platt - Dr. Mark Weller
  • Peter Boyle
    Peter Boyle - Calloway
  • Richard Schiff
    Richard Schiff - Dr. Gene Reiss

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