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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientèle, he and his friends escape their hometown to sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

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Doctor Dolittle is a world-renowned veterinarian who speaks a wide array of animal languages. He sets off from his home in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, England, in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. In so doing, he and his friends meet such exotic creatures as the Pushme-Pullyu and the Giant Lunar Moth. This musical is the source of the hit song, "If I Could Talk To The Animals." Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000
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The film's US premiere was a benefit for Project HOPE (December 19, 1967) at the Loew's State Theater in New York City. The festivities were the subject of an hour-long TV show on WPIX hosted by Barry Gray. After the Chicago premiere at the Michael Todd Theater (December 20, 1967) the Hollywood opening was held at the Paramount Theater the following day. The L.A. premiere was a benefit for the Hollywood and Television Relief Fund and Joey Bishop taped his ABC talk show there. Sophie the Seal wearing a diamond necklace, Jip the Dog in a jeweled collar, Gub-Gub the Pig in a sequined harness and Chee-Chee the Chimp in white tie, tails and top hat all appeared at the Hollywood premiere. See more »

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During "Talk With the Animals" at night, no trees are outside the window. When the sun comes up, a tree's leaves are clearly visible. See more »

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Emma Fairfax: If I were his nephew instead of his niece...
Dr. Dolittle: If you were his nephew, you'd hardly be called Emma Fairfax.
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Referenced in The Slammin' Salmon (2009) See more »

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I've Never Seen Anything Like It
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Richard Attenborough
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A more family friendly Dolittle
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having grown up loving the music, storyline and animal interactions in the origional Doctor Dolittle, it was a jarring shock to watch the scatological-joke loaded remake.

Doctor Dolittle is a wonderful clean family film, with plenty of adult jokes to keep the parents chuckling and visual slapstick to tickle the young ones' funnybones. The music is top rate with the Oscar winning "Walk With the Animals" leading the way as the good Doctor searches for the Great Pink Sea Snail, encountering a number of wacky adventures along the way.

Doctor Dolittle would make a great companion to "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" for an evening of old fashioned family entertainment. Suspend you disbelief for a few hours and watch this one with your kids and toss the remake in the garbage disposal.


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