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Doctor Dolittle (1967)

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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 Moon 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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veterinarian | snail | moth | england | shell | See more »

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Ride across the sea inside the GIANT PINK SEA SNAIL! See more »


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19 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The films U.S. premiere was a benefit for Project HOPE (December 19, 1967) at the Loew's State Theatre 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 Theatre (December 20, 1967) the Hollywood opening was held at the Paramount Theatre 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 & top hat all appeared at the Hollywood premiere. See more »

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Dr. Dolittle: Hello... Me Doctor Dolittle. Here little boy, late for school, here very cold. They all go home "Puddleby," yes?
Willie Shakespeare: [in perfect English] What a funny accent.
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Like Animals
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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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