Dolittle

Dolittle

DVD - 2020
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After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hides behind the walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice and a raucous coterie of animal friends.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2020]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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blue_cat_18501
May 14, 2021

One of the most fast paced movies I've seen. It was an Ok movie, but the character lady rose, in my opinion, was unnecessary.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 18, 2021

I have to agree with the critics, this movie is a bit of a mess. While in their own way the visuals were well done, I'm not a fan of CGI animals. No matter how well done, they always feel so fake and remote in the end, that it makes it hard for me to really feel engaged with any of them. Normally I like Robert Downey Jr, but he seemed like a bit of a smug know-it-all in this film and his portrayal was not endearing. The plot seemed convoluted and all over the place. So in the end the whole movie felt flat. It was really hard to get invested in it. It wasn't horrible and it had some mildly entertaining bits and some kids might enjoy all the animals and would-be funny bits, but overall it just felt empty.

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tomdance
Mar 07, 2021

"Doolittle" is suitable for kids, but exasperatingly frantic and illogical for adults. A central flaw is Robert Downey's murkily unbelievable accent (a rare failure for him). Ewww! The film's spectacular visual effects and stunningly-realized computer-animated animals feel empty without a comprehensible plot. The otherwise excellent actors, as humans or voicing the many talking creatures, cannot compensate for the weak script and slapdash direction. My wife gave up after 15 minutes, and I had to fast forward through most of the film to inspect the next scene's visual wonder or the next star's cameo or impressive costume.

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1_old_BookWyrm
Feb 24, 2021

I love the Dr Dolittle story, have enjoyed every movie version I've ever seen, and I've ALWAYS enjoyed and admired Robt Downey, Jr.'s performances, so I was excited when this hold finally came in.

But this was simply terrible. I was stunned at how bad it was. Did not finish watching it. That's something I almost never do. To each his own I guess...

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dylankemp
Jan 27, 2021

Good solid kids movie.

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argylex
Jan 25, 2021

Amazing animation. 2 thumbs up.

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misatim
Jan 18, 2021

This is a great film for all ages. Well written, acted and Special effects. All around a good film

LoganLib_Alicia Jan 10, 2021

This movie was a great family movie. My primary school-aged kids loved the suspense, adventure and humor. They looked past the impossible scenarios that we as adults pick up on and followed the story in all its silliness and fun. Worth watching as a family.

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10000mefest
Dec 28, 2020

Definitely reminiscent of late 60s and 70s children's movies. The animal effects were good. I love Robert Downey---this wasn't his best acting but it was an okay movie---especially for a younger audience.

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AJGrant129
Nov 22, 2020

Reading the comments bellow before I checked out the movie, I was expecting it to be stupid and chocked full of crude humor. But the movie was actually quite the contrary. Yes, it was obviously made for children, with a predictable plot and lot's of colorful action. But there were only about three references to bodily humor, and the squirrel (bent on revenge after being shot) had my whole family laughing on several occasions. Yes, Robert Downey Junior was doing something weird with his voice, a mumbled Scottish accent that half the time sounded almost French, but overall he did a very good job of playing the eccentric Doolittle. Yes, the animation was not that great of quality, but the audience it is intended for won't mind. My sister and I had a fun time trying to figure out which famous actor (there were quite a few) corresponded to which animal. All the characters were memorable (stick bug, Ostridge, parrot, dragonfly, dragon, whale, and more) ; kids will be laughing at the animal relationships and it emphasized the importance of conservation in a way they can grasp. Overall, I found the movie to be entertaining, and a good one the whole family can enjoy.

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Bored_with_Library
Oct 03, 2020

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