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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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Learn to talk in 500 animal languages from a parrot who speaks 1000! See more »


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19 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Doktor Dolittle  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000
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| (FMC Library Print)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film had its official Royal World Charity Premiere on 12 December 1967 at the Odeon Marble Arch in London in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The US premiere was one week later. See more »

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"Sea Star Island" is a floating island that moves around, yet it has an active volcano on it. To be active, a volcano must be connected to a source of magma. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew: Will you stop your daydreaming, Tommy Stubbins.
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Connections

Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Things We Lost in the Fire (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Never Seen Anything Like It
Written by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Richard Attenborough
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absolutely brilliant!!
5 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the best movies ever made. The many wonderful and most importantly, memorable songs and lively characters contribute to the exciting and magical nature of the storyline. Anyone who can not see the inherent brilliance of this movie within the constraints placed upon films from this era is clearly missing the point. The delightful characters each add their own individual ideas to a film which has touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Rex Harrison plays a wonderful Doctor, forever entertaining and much more convincing than Eddie Murphy in the tragic American remake. This film is brilliant in its own right, and is definitely one for the books.


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