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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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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stevania_k
Feb 05, 2021

It’s surprisingly very good given the fact that the review wasn’t great. Entertaining, great performances, beautiful visual, funny. It’s more like a fantasy movie for kids but it’s alright.

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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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vickmeister
Oct 04, 2020

Robert Downey Jr. is pretty entertaining in whatever movie he finds himself in, and he was probably the best part of this movie. I think it had a lot of potential, with lovely settings and some high caliber actors lending their talents both in person and voicing the animals. Unfortunately it ended up being a loud, chaotic mess. I just don't understand why people seem to think kids' movies have to be packed to the gills with noise and pointless action. There were a few good jokes mixed in where I laughed out loud but overall I found it disappointing.

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Halloweenlib
Oct 03, 2020

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Sep 15, 2020

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