Doctor Dolittle

Film, Family and kids

Time Out says

20th Century-Fox's lavish musical version of the much-loved Hugh Lofting stories almost bankrupted the studio when audiences stayed away in droves. In retrospect, it's not hard to see why, since the antics of Harrison's kindly veterinarian, who's learned 498 animal languages, fail to find any compelling dramatic shape over the lengthy running time, while resistible right-hand man Newley and vacuous love interest Eggar aren't much help. True, the Bricusse songs (including 'If I Could Talk to the Animals') have their charms, and the pre-CGI spectacle of some 1,500 live animals often works its magic on very young viewers, but you're mainly left with sympathy for Fleischer and his crew, since the whole thing was evidently a nightmare to shoot. Especially when one of the parrots learned to mimic the director's 'Cut!'

By: TJ


Release details

152 mins

Cast and crew

Richard Fleischer
Leslie Bricusse
Rex Harrison
Samantha Eggar
Anthony Newley
Richard Attenborough
Peter Bull
Muriel Landers
William Dix
Geoffrey Holder
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