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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 19 December 1967 (USA)
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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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This movie set was no picnic:. (1) One of the fawns snacked on a quart of paint during a scene break and had to have her stomach pumped. (2) - Gub-Gub the Pig had to be replaced several times during filming since piglets grow so fast. (3) - Squirrels ate through several key pieces of scenery, costing the crew thousands of dollars in repairs. (4) In the scene where Rex Harrison is singing in the field of sheep, he had to be sprayed down repeatedly for flies. Worse, the sheep urinated on him as well, forcing multiple retakes. (5) One of the goats broke loose during a scene, got ahold of the director's script and ate it. (6) The first several weeks of filming in Castle Combe were disrupted by torrential downpours, after the producers had ignored detailed climate reports warning about the area's weather patterns--and a homemade bomb, set by a disgruntled member of the town the crew was filming in. See more »

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When considering ways to change the course of the island, the Doctor says elephants cannot swim. In fact, elephants are excellent swimmers. See more »

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Beautiful Things
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Anthony Newley and Samantha Eggar with vocal by Diana Lee
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Classic Gem Not To Be Hidden At Bottom Of Treasure Chest
29 January 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

If you don't appreciate wonderfully made movies that make people happy, go find a small island to keep away from the rest of the world.

Once again, movies like this prove 'a well thought out and developed plot and storyline' makes the movie a success at its foundation. The 'allstar cast' is just the beautifying of the cake with icing.

The writers seemed to realize that you can't always or do not have to force the plot lines to make a certain length of movie. They allowed the musical numbers to fill it up. On top of that, they didn't try to constrain the timeframe and edit out important details that allow a movie to flow. This is geared towards the family to make people feel good about anything and everything. Many writers these days are leaving films like this up to cartoon animators as cartoons seem to thought of hollywood as the "Childrens' Medium". This is a film that people of any age can feel good about and laugh together with.

Dr. Dolittle brings imagination to life by speaking to animals in a more realistic way. He's studied them and learned from experience how they communicate. He then takes his intelligence, almost by force, out to the world to find rare and unique animals and help out the world with the help of nature. This tale is often inspiring to many children to take care of animals. For those that have grown may remember some of the tunes and find yourself singing along.

The is truly a masterfully done marvel that any treasured classic video collection should have.


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