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Doctor Dolittle (1967) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough

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To enjoy this 1967 film one must lay aside all expectations. It does not have a lot to do with Hugh Lofting's marvelous creation (Rex Harrison certainly doesn't resemble him physically) or plots, the music and songs are but so-so at best (Alexander Courage was a co-composer -- not long after doing the original TV Star Trek music!), beautiful Samantha Eggar doesn't really work as a love interest for the good doctor, and the story is fairly outlandish: Dr. Dolittle learns to talk to the animals and defend their rights, and goes on a South Sea voyage in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail. But there IS a pushmi-pullyu, lots of more familiar animals, Attenborough does a wonderful performance of "I've Never Seen Anything Like It In My Life," and Eggar is very fetching -- especially in soaked bloomers. This okay children's musical was a spectacular failure at the box office; a documentary about its making might have been more entertaining, what with ducks that drowned, squirrels that ate the scenery, sheep urinating on Harrison, a homemade bomb provided by a disgruntled resident of a town used for location shooting, etcetera....
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



Script Analysis of Doctor Dolittle (1967)

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Animal or Object Story    -   Yes Kind of animal or object:    -   pig    -   dog    -   bird Comedy or Parody about    -   animals/babies talking Animal talks?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can talk to animals Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   lost at sea Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Islands Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 5-10

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