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I must have been the only person in the world never to have seen the Dr Dolittle films so I thought I'd add them to my DVD rental basket. Dr Dolitte 2 came the other day and I got round to watching it yesterday. However, I've still not seen the first one! This is a film only review.
John Dolittle can talk to animals. Something that his family, especially his teenage daughter can find extremely irritating at times. One day, his racoon friend tells him that a beaver has requested to see him in the forest. John goes along to meet the beaver and learns that there are plans to cut down the forest, therefore meaning that the wildlife who live there will die. John knows he has to do something to help but is not sure what.
He ponders what to do and realises that the forest cannot be cut down if there is an endangered species living there. There is one bear there at the moment who is endangered, however John learns that there must be more than one member of the species who are willing to keep the species going. Therefore, John makes it his mission to find another bear to put in the forest with Ava.
This is when he comes across Archie, a circus bear who has performed all his life. He is not sure that he wants to go into the forest as he is not keen on fending for himself and much prefers the creature comforts he has being a performing bear. However, John manages to persuade him to go into the forest. Now the only problem is winning over Ava's heart.
I wasn't sure if I would like this film. Although I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this series I was unsure if it was my sort of thing. However, I'm pleased to say that I loved this film and found it funny and entertaining throughout. I loved the plot of the film as I thought it was relevant to todays society and I also enjoyed the characters.
The plot had a lovely theme to it and it flowed really nicely. There was never a dull moment and although the main story of the bears took up the majority of the film, there was also a sub-plot involving John's daughter which helped to break the film up a bit. I really liked the ending of the film, although it was predictable it had a lovely ending which made me very happy!
The characters really are what make this film. For example there are talking bears, dogs, wolves and a chameleon in this one! The animals are very funny and all have their own personalities which make it fun and interesting to watch. This I imagine would especially appeal to children as the animals are portrayed very well and this aspect of it is very different to any other films I have seen. John is also a very good character, as is his daughter Charisse. They portray the typical father daughter relationship where they don't always see eye to eye.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film and thought it was perfect to watch in an evening where nothing else was on TV. The plot flowed really well and the film was over before I knew it. It was very funny and perfect family viewing.
The film was released in 2001.
It stars Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven Symone and Kyla Pratt.
It is rated a PG and lasts 87 minutes.
It has been rated just 4.7/10 on IMDB (which I am surprised at!)
Great family film definitely worth a watch.
There are some movies that just shouldn't have sequels and they usually involve Eddie Murphy. Dr Dolittle falls firmly into that category in this most horrific of follow ups. The first movie was pretty poor. Sure I am not really the target audience of the movie but films like this should at least hold some appeal to everyone and it fails on all levels. So when I got the opportunity to watch this sequel I was a bit sceptical but assumed they would have greatly improved things like the plot, animal mannerisms and the humour. How wrong I was.
The plot surrounds the well being of an endangered bear. There really is little more to it than that. Seeing Dolittle interact with the animals was done really poorly in the first movie and has got no better in this one. The animations just don't look right to me and the lip syncing is amongst the worst I have seen. I would love to see Disney Pixar have a go at this.
Eddie plays the Doctor in his own unique style, but he just seems a little off the pace compared to his performances in the Nutty Professor movies. I know it is a different role but he usually brings some spark to any character.
I think the lack of any real comedy moments from the animals is the problem here as they really are supposed to be the stars of the show. Obviously the producers are on to a winner using animals in a kids movie and for that reason it will always go down well with ages 7 or below but it really should have more about it to raise that age to maybe 10 or 11. My 2 year old naturally loved this film, but she loves anything that allows her to sit and name pigs and cows.
I would like to see maybe a more edgier sequel to this that is aimed at adults and sees Eddie play the role in a much more Eddie like way. This goes away from the usual Dr Dolittle target market but could provide more interest and a few more risky comedy moments. This will never happen though.
The DVD extras are the usual kind of "behind the scenes" and "making of" kind of things and do little to make you want to watch them, or the film, again. No more please!
Superstar Eddie Murphy ,is back with another hilarous movie Dr Dolittie 2.Now his abilitty to talk with animals brings him to another race against time ,to turn a male circus city bear ,into a country bear to attracket a female bear to mate with him ,to save the future of the forest and all of the animals homes ,also an endangered species of bear.This film will bring you and your family wild with laughter and a movie you wont forget.This delightful comedy is guaranteed you a brilliant movie in the blockbuster hits.
Dr Dolittle 2, is a well thought out movie. It is way better than Dr Dolittle 1, because it is a better comedy and has more laughs. In this film, all of the animals are real, and are trained by Doug Suess. The main bear in the film is a show bear called Archie. He’s really funny. Erm… when you first see him he’s on a motorcycle, and singing the song ‘I Will Survive’ by Tina Turner. The actors in this film are really privileged to come that close to these magnificent creatures. Remember, all of the animals featured in this film are real, and have been trained for this particular film. The main plot of the film is that Dr Dolittle, (Eddie Murphy), as you may know can speak to animals and has spoken to these beavers, which are sort of like the Mafia. They have told him, that the lumber company are going to cut down the entire forest and all of the animals are going to lose their homes. Consequently, he wants to try and stop all of this from happening. But, the only way that he can do it, is in turn get Archie to mate with a bear, because Archie is an endangered species and so is this other bear called Eva (Lisa Kudrow). But, Dr Dolittle has to take his theory to court. The judge sets him a deadline, one month. However, this won’t be easy because Archie doesn’t know how to cope in the wild, let alone mate with a wild bear. He tries his best, and success is at his fingertips. But, the lumber companies boss and his apprentice so to speak have a plan of their own. So, when Archie and Eva, are playing in the woods, they get out their tranquilliser gun, and shoot Archie with one of the darts and sedates him. But, when Dr Dolittle shows up they made up this alibi and said that Archie had ram sacked a kitchen in a local restaurant, and they can’t let Archie back into the wild, because he is too dangerous. So, Dr Dolittle takes his case back to court and says that he has a ‘suitable’ eyewitness, so all in
all can you guess whom the eyewitness is?? That’s right!! It’s a weasel!! Of course the court hall erupts in laughter, and he is so humiliated!! J There’s nothing they can do, until his daughter Cherrice discovers that she also follows her dad and can speak to the animals. They devise a plan and when the lumber company comes to take down the forest, all of the animals come and attack them all. Consequently, they don’t decide to take down the forest, and all of the animals didn’t lose their homes. *REMEMBER* No animals were hurt during the making of this film. I do suggest that you go and watch this film, because you will cry with laughter all the way through this film!!!!!!
Sequels are well known for not living up to the standards set in the original so when I heard that Dr Dolittle 2 was being released I had my reservations. Especially as Eddie Murphy's recent batch of movies has been pretty poor. Dr Dolittle follows on from the original. For anyone who has not seen the first movie Eddie Murphy plays Dr Dolittle who is not your ordinary doctor. He has the power to talk to animals. This means that he is very popular in the animal kingdom and gets lots of visits from animals desperate for the doctors help. Dr Dolittle 2 starts with the Dr being over worked with animals asking for his help. He is not spending enough time with his family and especially his teenage daughter. The doctor vows to stop working so hard and spend more time at home. Well that is the plan until he has a run in with the local beaver. The beaver explains that the local forests are going to be knocked down and that they need the doctors help. The Doctor decides to help the animals and goes about saving the forest. The only way the doctor feels he can help is by releasing some endangered bears into the forest and stating that they need to live there. So the story revolves around the doctor attempting to get two bears to mate! Dr Dolittle 2 starts off very funny and I thought that it was going to live up to the standards of the first movie. However disappointingly the film looses it funny appeal and gets a little silly. I suppose the talking animals are a bit of a novelty at the beginning but arte not interesting enough to carry the whole film. Eddie Murphy is back to his best in this movie. After a few dodgy films he seems at home with the doctor role. In Nutty Professor his character is sometimes a little overwelming but in Dr Dolittle 2 he is much more bearable. Dr Dolittle is a reasonably entertaining movie. It is not a classic but I wasnt expecting it to be. It is a good nights entertainment and will keep the kids
happy. It is not the sort of film which you will watch over and over but for a one off movie it will do its job.
The king of the cr*p comedy sequel is back - this time in a sequel to a movie which was pretty cr*p in the first place. Should bomb right? Well no, because its a kiddy movie and it has talking animals so we all get forced to see it. Oh great. Firstly let me say that I am not a fan of Eddie Murphy and if the guy disappeared off the movie screens for good tomorrow I doubt he would be missed by anyone. The ‘fast talking black guy who swears alot’ thing may have been successful briefly in the 80s but to be honest, Murphy isn't the best at this anymore. In fact when compard to Chris Rock and Chris Tucker to name a couple, he frankly stinks at it. Hence, no doubt the reason why you never see him in this kind of role anymore. Instead you see him in naff movies and their even naffer sequels...which go on to gross millions of dollars at the box office...which incidentally has nothing to do with his presence because the roles could have been played by you or I and would still have grossed millions because of their concept. Think about it. When was the last time Eddie Murphy was in a decent, successful movie where he actually played a role as 'himself' as opposed to a guy in a fat suit, or surrounded by special effects which sold the movie to the point where his role is purely incidental. Holy Man? Pants. Bownfinger? Pants. Vampire in Brooklyn? Pants. Metro? Pants. In fact you probably have to go all the way back to Coming To America from 15 years ago to find such a role! It seems that if you actually have to 'see' Eddie Murphy then audiences aren't really interested in him, but on the other hand if he is stuck inside a fat suit, the voice of an animated character or in this case surrounded by talking animals(the real stars of the show) then the movie grosses millions... Here is a perfect example of exactly what you get from Eddie Murphy these days. Its a sequel. Its packed with special effects which steal the sho
w. His role is almost superfluous really. Its pants. Everyone went and wasted their money on it again in droves. You guys never learn. Effectively I suppose this is a movie which I am not supposed to like - I am hardly its target audience which is obviously younger kids. That said, when you watch the movie with its copious sexual references, ball licking gags, peeing, farting, crapping and with a central premise which is all about getting one animal to bonk another, you have to wonder what the hell the censors were thinking about by giving it a PG rating. Its pretty base stuff and it ain't that funny either. Even less funny is the cynical lack of thought which has gone into the plot of this movie. Its about as freaking unoriginal as you can get! What lazy @&$%£$ comes up with the tired old 'logging company destroying habitat' pants again? Well Steve Carr actually whose previous abysmal effort was the unbearable Next Friday which is a movie whose reels need assigning to the nearest fireplace before they are inflicted upon another unsuspecting viewer...quickly followed by Carr himself for his hideous crimes against movie goers. The guy hardly has credentials for making a kids movie anyway, other than Next Friday his previous work has mainly been in directing music videos for the likes of Method Man and Jay-Z! I'm waiting for a remake of Snow White by NWA now. Of course scriptwriter Larry Levein needs to take a fair portion of the blame as well, not least for giving Dr. Dolittle himself not a single funny line throughout the entire movie! Someone casts a comedian in a role and some other idiot forgets to give him a gag? Thats the funniest thing about this movie! Yes, I know its meant to appeal to younger children, not cynical 20 something movie-goers but there's one thing which I believe is a beheading offence in the movie world: to create a family movie which appeals solely to the children in that family. Children can not go to th
e cinema alone...or at least they ought not to. As a result if one kid wants to see a movie then the chances are that there will be at least one adult accompanying them...bums on seats, extra cash for the makers and its only courteous surely then for a movie maker to put something in for the adult to enjoy as well. It is the reason why movies like Shrek are so well received - we love them as well. We were forced to go and we were entertained. Movies like this one, The Little Vampire, Nutty Professor II, all of which I ended up being 'forced' to see in recent years are little more than a hideously boring, painful experience. There is nothing worse than going to watch a cr*p movie, and worse still is not being able to walk out on it either. Two hours of farting, cr*pping, belching, peeing, testicular investigation of the oral variety, misplaced sexual innuendo and everything inbetween and I was ready to slit my wrists. Yes kids might like it but you have to wonder whether it is actually suitable for them for one thing, and considering over half its audience is going to be adults I have no qualms in slapping it with a one star rating for offering nothing to entertain them. I suppose to look at the good points of the movie then the animation type stuff is all rather good. The animals talk, they do tricks, they steal the show from Murphy who is mostly a foil for the peeing, pooing jokes. The cast of voice actors include Steve Zahn and Lisa Kudrow, so hardly burning ambition there but they are effective enough I suppose...and umm at least its on video now so if your little darlings want to see it then they can do so in the their own front room and you can grab a book to read whilst it is on rather than being trapped in a cinema with it. At least too its maybe bad enough to not warrant another sequel but then it probably grossed enough cash to do just that...yes ok, so I ran out of good things to say about it. To say I hated this movie would be
an understatement. I am not an Eddie Murphy fan, I do not appreciate 2 hours of farting, peeing etc. and there wasn't a single gag which you can't see coming five minutes before it happens. Your 5 year old will love it, you'll be left wondering whether you should have let them see it and I'm left rather scared that they'll make another sequel and I'll get conned into seeing it as well. Pray for me.
Dr Dolittle 2 was one of the funniest movies I saw in 2001 so when the DVD comes out I bought it. This sequel was actually funnier than the first one although I have both films. Dr. Dolittle 2 is not a film you will struggle to enjoy. It is a crude, funny, warm and reasonably clever fantasy with heaps of potential and a storyline that allows the film to succeed thoroughly. Like Shrek, Dr. Dolittle 2 is not only a film for children. There is heaps of adult humour hidden in its crude, good-hearted storyline, including a Silence of the Lambs spoof and an interesting take on animal mafia. This film features some of the same characters that were in the first film. Most of the animal characters are different but lucky the dog and the rats are in it. The disc is loaded with extras such as 2 theatrical trailers and a lot of other extras. It also has outtakes. Now that I've seen this one I look forward to Dr Dolittle 3 coming out in a couple of years hopefully at least 3 and hope it will be as funny as this one. If you don’t want to buy this film then you must rent it.
DR DOLITTLE 2 Directed by stephen car Staring Eddy Murphy Certificate pg. I did not see the first one, although I did want to just did not get around to it. So I really did not know what to expect when I went with my two year old to see this one. I thought she might like to see it as she loves animals. But it lacked action. It began showing dolittle in the family home having set up his business talking and councilling the dogs. His best friend the dog is the narrator which is a nice touch. To be honest after the novelty of the talking animals wears off it gets a bit slow. The general storyline is made of of two groups of characters, the animals and the family. The animals live in the forest which is controlled by the beaver mafia. Dolittle is approached by the beaver's side kick, the racroon. They need his help to stop the forest being destroyed as a company are destroying the forest to build on the land. The only way they can save the forest is to mate two rare bears and then they become a protected species. The catch is that the male bear is in the circus and does not know how to survive in the forest or how to treat the females. Dolittle then has to teach him how to behave like a bear. Of course the female bear, urma, is not at all interested as the circus bear is not what you would call a good catch. His family have had enough of the talking with the animals trick. They are around the house all the time and his 16 year old teenager daughter is ashamed of her father. The usuall stuff! We see her birhtday being ruined by her father and him trying to controll his teenage daughter. Poor wife stuck in the middle. He tries to bribe them with a trip around europe and lets them down to help the animal mafia save the forest. His wife is a lawyer and acts on his behalf in the court. His 16 year old daughter gets together with the local pizza deli
very boy, much to dolittle's disgust and we see the common scenario of the protective father which adds a slight element of amusement. They all go to the forest to help train this bear and his daughter goes through a process where his daughter discovers that she too can talk to the animals, so a happy ending in the dolittle household as it makes the father and daughter closer. She now understands her dad's work and helps out too. The film on a whole was ok. It was nothing new really. Murphy was a Nutty professor, but a bit quieter. He was still the smoothy with the ladies and not as funny as we have seen him before. The effects were clever. The bears came accross really well and were quite funny. Had good little bits where we saw him sing 'I will survive'. The main bear character, Arthur, was good. You sort of felt sorry for him. He was lovable but a bit dim. The best parts of the film was the french alchoholic monkey which popped up from time to time. Just as I thought it was getting a bit boring up popped the monkey. And the poor little camealeon that could not change colour. But he did have a witty sense of humour and made funny little remarks all the way through. It is the kind of film that you would watch on a saturday night or sunday afternoon if you were stuck in and there was nothing else on. Would not recommend buying the video. Seen it once and that's enough.
Before the opening credits are over, we've seen bathroom jokes and sexual humor, but at least this time it's rated PG. It really is a shame, because Eddie Murphy is just great as Dr. Dolittle, content to be the straight man to an adorable assortment of wise-cracking animals. And the story is a cute one. It's a twist on the old classic "Born Free." Dolittle needs to introduce a tame bear into the forest so that he can mate with the last female of their endangered species, in order to protect the forest from developers. Steve Zahn and Lisa Kudrow provide voices for the two bears so deliciously perfect that we want them to get together as much as Dolittle does. Meanwhile, Dolittle has some problems at home with a teen-aged daughter who has a new boyfriend (rapper Lil' Zane) and a secret she isn't ready to discuss. Hmm, overall not exactly a classic, but kids are bound to enjoy it. Parental control should be expressed for those a bit younger.
Certificate: U (Universal) Directed by Steven carr and starring the mighty Eddie Murphy, along with the likes of Kevin Pollack, Jeffrey Jones and others, Dr Dolittle 2 hit the UK Cinemas on 27th July 2001 hoping to emulate the success of the first film, that made it a firm favorite with adult and children alike. Indeed, continuing the 'warm' family children genre that can be enjoyed by both adults and Children (along the same lines as Shrek, although to be honest this pales into insignificance when compared to the mightily awesome Shrek). Certainly a case of more of the same (the makers of the film openly admit that they did very little to deviate from the original, except make it "bigger and better", but they always say that!) it was more of a case of "it is isn't broke, don't fix it" as opposed to innovative or original film making. It therefore stands to reason that if you loved the first film, you'll love this, and vice versa. Indeed, its very hard to differentiate between the two film in some respects...The inbuilt adult humor, tucked beneath the child's slapstick comedy is still there that even some adults may not pick up, while it keeps the warmth and crudeness that made the first film do damn likeable. Trying to deviate slightly, we see a number of big movie spoofs (including one hilarious spoof of "Silence of the lambs" which had me laughing out loud literally) and a great number of new and highly original characters such as the Animal mafia, which I guarantee will raise a smile from every viewer! The animals are very well animated and look true to life on some lovely CGI that works very well. The omission of the comical guinea pig from the original cannot dampen the film and its value for entertainment, as the plethora of new 'stars' will shine in his place. For the 'real' actors, there was plenty of scope for a 'careers worst' perf
ormance in here, but thankfully nothing as such occurred, and all perform to a very high standard, most notably by Eddie Murphy who continues to induce such roles with ease. While corny at times, the kids will lap the stuff up and no doubt get you pre-ordering the video as soon as you leave the Cinema, and this is reflection that the style adopted by the director and producer certainly works. Can we expect a third incarnation of the film, we'll you'll have to go see this and judge for yourself :) Running for 87minutes, the film will certainly keep you smiling till the end credits role. It may not provide as many laughs as you would expect, and will certainly win no Oscar, but for me it was a mildly amusing hours and a half of worthy entertainment that is more than applicable for a family night out. The official web site for the movie can be found at: http://www.drdolittle2.co.uk
DO NOT GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!! 25 minutes into it I had realized it was a tragic mistake. I felt sorry for the others in the cinema who was squirming with me, and a few actually decided to leave. A major Hollywood production usually does not have such bad stage direction, or editing, or acting, or such a crappy disintersting story line, or... Terrible, terrible terrible. And to be perfectly honest since I am slamming this movie full down to where it came from, I haven't seen very many Eddie Murphy vehicles I have particularly cared for after the Beverly Hills Cop series. The only movie I have ever literally fallen asleep in was Raw. And to this day, it is guaranteed to put me to sleep when nothing else will. I don't know if they wrote this as they went along, or if someone was actually paid good money to script this thing, but it was a complete waste of my money, and even my son who is only four said he didn't like it. And he loves animals! The money is gone, and what's worse it took nearly 2 hours of my life I will never get back again.
I liked the original Eddie Murphy remake of Dr. Dolittle. It was sweet natured and clever, although the parade of jokes about animal bathroom habits got old after a while. Dr. Dolittle 2 (or D.2 as the ads proclaim) was admittedly not high on my want-to-see list, especially when I heard that the plot involved Dolittle trying to convince two bears to mate. Good grief, I thought, 90 minutes of jokes about animals having sex. To my very pleasant surprise, the sequel eschews most of the scatological and sexual humor in favour of something else: Murphy is again the famous doctor who talks to the animals. His family struggles with the same issues that all families face. In particular, Dolittle is stymied by his daughter Charisse (Raven-Symone). She locks herself in her room with headphones on and is reachable only via mobile phone. Charisse has come to resent the fact that her father spends more time with the animals than with her. To make up for it, Dolittle promises to take the family to Europe for a month. Just as they are about to leave, he is visited by a raccoon (voiced by Michael Rapaport) who comes in search of help. It seems a local forest - one that provides a home to a wide variety of creatures - is about to be plowed over by loggers and land developers. The raccoon, working in conjunction with an animal mafia led by a "god-beaver," wants Dolittle to somehow save the forest. Upon discovering that there is one female bear of an endangered species living there, he comes up with an idea. If he can get a male bear to impregnate her, the land will have to be declared a sanctuary. The only male bear of the type he can find is Archie (Steve Zahn), a "show bear" who dances and rides a unicycle in a sideshow act. Determined to try, Dolittle takes Archie into the woods and introduces him to the female, Eva (Lisa Kudrow). She is none too impressed, but agrees to meet Archie again in a few weeks to see if he can be the kind of b
ear she needs. Dolittle is suddenly an animal Dr. Ruth, teaching Archie how to attract the ladies. As before, Dr. Dolittle 2 has famous actors voicing the animals. In addition to the aforementioned examples, we also hear Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wolf, Norm Macdonald as a dog, and Isaac Hayes as a possum. The casting here is perfect (Andy Dick as a weasel? You betcha.), and a big reason for the film's success is the wittiness of that casting. Zahn (Out of Sight, Saving Silverman) is hilarious as the bear who is insecure about his manhood but overly confident about his showbiz prospects. I also liked Rapaport as the raccoon. When the god-beaver offers Dolittle a fish and the doctor declines, the raccoon tensely shouts: "Hey, the beaver offers you a fish, you take the fish!" There are a lot of smart, funny references to other movies and movie genres in Dr. Dolittle 2, including a brief nod to, of all things, Hannibal. The actors give the animals personalities, which makes the screenplay's jokes pop off the screen. Another moment that made me laugh was when the raccoon offers some advice to Dolittle, who is trying to enjoy a romantic evening with his wife. "Give her some garbage," he intones in his weird Brooklyn accent. "Chicks dig garbage!" I suppose there are those who will see the film as being more for kids than adults. I think it can be enjoyed by anybody looking for a good comedy. Murphy is a surprisingly effective straight man to the animals, sacrificing most of the good lines to his costars without fading into the scenery. The movie has fun with the idea of Dolittle playing matchmaker to the bears. Rather than going for "naughty" humor, it contrasts the plight of Archie to attract Eva to the plight of Dolittle trying to be a good dad to his daughter. Today, comedies seem to be tripping over their own feet to out-gross each other. Dr. Dolittle 2 is a reminder that there's co
mmon ground. You can be funny without being edgy, hip without being self-obsessed. I like the warmth and humor of the picture. And if they ever want to make another sequel about the raccoon and the mafia, I'll be the first in line.
I was quite looking forward to this film, it's a nice way to spend a Wednesday evening with some popcorn and a bit of a laugh at the cinema. My first mistake was not to take any children with me, as they will find this funny, but if you've read my op on 'anyone want to be a Daddy' you will know that I haven't got any of my own to take and there weren't any handy to borrow locally so I went with a grown up friend!! The film is about the Dr played by Eddie Murphy and his quest to find a mate for a bear so the woodland in the area won't get buldozed for a development. All well and good this environmentally friendly stuff, but where were the laughs?? The Dr's daughter admits near the end of the film that she can also understand the animals and I inwardly groaned when I heard this, knowing that there will be another film with her joining in...... It is amazing how the animals have been trained to do what they do, and the techie wizards have done well with the lip sincs but the whole film just laboured on until the end. As with all Eddie Murphy films these days there was the normal farting jokes...all just too predictable! It was typically American with the family disobeying dad and eventually understanding why he had to do what he had to do and loving him for, it with a happy ending to boot. It was just too sugary sweet for my liking!! Normally I would be tolerant of a film if it's for kids by thinking it will be lovely as a Christmas day afternoon film but if this came on I would be switching off! We've seen this all before.....
I was quite looking forward to seeing this film, because I really enjoyed the first one. But I have to say I was quite dissappionted, (but I suppose not that surprised) that it was no where near as good, or as funny as the first film. The story continues from the first film...but it is not essential that you have seen it. Dr dolittle has a surgery for animals, so they talk to him and he helps them with their problems. Dolittle's home life is a little disrupted because his teenage daughter is worried that every body thinks her Dad is a freak. This feeling is enforced when the family move into the forest for a while so that Dolittle can help protect the forest form being cut down. To do this he has to introduce an endangered bear into the forest to mate. But the only bear of that desciption is a circus bear who is just not interested in getting his paws dirty. Dolittle has to train and teach the bear how to live in the wild, and how to attract the females attention. Some of the film is very funny, but most of the best bits are shown in the trailer. I think this film would still appeal to kids. The acting was okay. I would say that it is worth a look, but only when it comes on TV. Not worth paying to see it.
I really liked the first Dr Dolittle film, but this one didn’t do it for me. There were a few good moments but not enough in my opinion to justify a sequel, and I could only cringe when I heard Eddie Murphy say that they could make hundreds more of these films. The plot centres around two bears getting it together to mate in order to save a forest from being torn down, only one of the bears is a circus bear who sings and dances and knows nothing of surviving in the wild. Enter Dr D. (yeah like he’d know how to survive as a bear in the wild!) Romance is the main order of this film; bears, teens and troubled marriages dominate the comedy, making this film a bit difficult to sit through if you were expecting the comedy of the first film. Most of the comedy is slapstick, y’know falling over & bird poop on the head sort of stuff, which pleases some, but not me. Plus my biggest gripe of all is RODNEY IS NOT THERE, being replaced with a rather dumb chameleon which can’t change colour. Maybe I missed the point or maybe this film is aimed at a slightly younger audience than the first one but I found it unrewarding and not funny. Perhaps it wasn’t as well presented or directed as it could have been, for example when we hear that his daughter can hear animals too, I was like ‘Big whoop-so what’, but if they had gone about it better it could have been a bigger point and not just a by the way not a part of anything point that was just thrown in for good measure (or to make room for yet another series of films) type thing. Overall I think this film would be good for the very young or the very easily pleased, as the only plus side I can see is that lucky is still there.
It's only a marginal improvement, but Dr Dolittle 2 defies the odds by rising above its popular 1998 predecessor (and once again, let's not confuse these movies with the earlier Rex Harrison musical). Eddie Murphy plays the title role with ease and with the confident professionalism of a comedian who knows when to share the spotlight--especially when he's being upstaged by a bunch of animals who steal all the punch lines. And once again the film is aimed at a pre-teen audience: so many of those punch lines involve flatulence, bodily functions and frequent use of the word "butt". The difference this time is that Dr Dolittle has settled into his talk-to-the-animals routine; his 16-year-old daughter (Raven-Symone) is getting to be a feisty handful (it turns out she's coping with a hereditary gift); and his lawyer wife (Kristen Wilson) is representing him in a trial against corporate villains who want to clear-cut a local forest. Naturally, the local critter mafia (their Don is a beaver... fugeddaboutit!) want Dolittle to fight for their cause, and this involves the successful mating of an endangered bear and a domesticated circus bear who's forgotten all the bear necessities of life in the wild. The bears are voiced by Lisa Kudrow and Steve Zahn and they almost steal the show, but the whole menagerie (with digitally animated "talking") is equally amusing. Adults might wish that the filmmakers had tried harder to make a truly memorable sequel, but this is a movie for kids, and they're going to love it without quibbling. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com