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Brandon Jay McLaren
Dr. John Dolittle and his 14-year-old ward Tommy find themselves constantly doing battle with evil pirate Sam Scurvy. Dolittle possesses the ability to communicate with animals. With this power, Scurvy would be able to use the animal kingdom to rule the world, so he constantly torments Dolittle in an attempt to learn Dolittle's secret. The Grasshoppers are a rock-and-roll band that frequently assists Dolittle.Written by
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This was one of those cartoons that do NOT play on both child and adult levels. Unlike the Hugh Lofting books or even the Rex Harrison movie, this was 100 percent played for laughs.
I liked it in seventh grade. And frankly, I would still rate it closer to the original than that hip Eddie Murphy version.
I didn't like the villain, though. The name Sam Scurvy implies a pirate, but he wears the fedora and pinstripes of a 1920s Chicago gangster.
A better ongoing villain, truer to the times, would have been a 19th century capitalist out after the secret, as if there were one, and we could contrast his materialism with the Good Doctor's more philosophical and compassionate side.
But I forgot. That would have required playing on the adult level, as well.
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