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Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)

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Dolittle must save a forest and a bear's life.

Director:

Steve Carr

Writers:

Hugh Lofting (Doctor Dolittle stories), Larry Levin
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Dr. John Dolittle
Kristen Wilson ... Lisa Dolittle
Raven-Symoné ... Charisse Dolittle
Kyla Pratt ... Maya Dolittle
Lil' Zane Lil' Zane ... Eric
Denise Dowse ... Secretary
James Avery ... Eldon (as James L. Avery)
Elayn J. Taylor ... Eldon's Wife
Andy Richter ... Eugene Wilson
Kevin Pollak ... Riley / Alligator
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Judge B. Duff
Jeffrey Jones ... Joe Potter
Mark Griffin ... Logger / Nature Show Narrator
Ken Hudson Campbell ... Animal Control Officer / Dog / Animal Groupie #3 / Forest Animal (voice) (as Ken Campbell)
Anne Stedman ... Woman
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Storyline

Dr. John Dolittle the beloved doctor is back, but this time around he plays cupid to bumbling circus bear Archie as he's so smitten by a Pacific Western bear female, Ava. Dr. Dolittle must help a group of forest creatures to save their forest. But with the aid of his mangy, madcap animal friends, Dr. Dolittle must teach Archie the ways of true romance in time to save his species and his home before their habit is gone. So John held a meeting for every animal in the forest to not give up without a fight no matter what kind of animal expression they have and everyone agrees to do it and save their home. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The Doctor Is Back! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

DR2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine Lake, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,037,039, 24 June 2001

Gross USA:

$112,952,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,104,344
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When the Doc and Archie have an emergency conference in a small public bathroom, Archie sits on the commode. We understand the reason for his tummy ache through a brief flashback of Archie eating a container of ice cream after he has ravaged the refrigerator and made a mess of the kitchen. Split screen was used with the trainer filling in for the Doc and the bear sitting on the toilet. A bait stick was used for reaction shots and the sound effects were added in later. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Dolittle's tongue changes color in opening scene with stray dogs. See more »

Quotes

Archie: I am the Alpha Bear! Grrr! Grrr! Bears say "grrr," right?
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for Ellie See more »

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References Stuart Little (1999) See more »

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Cavuto Business Report Theme
Written by John Russo and Steve J. Tobin
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A classic case of a bad sequel...
5 November 2001 | by giancarlorocksSee all my reviews

What can one expect from a sequel? Especially when it is Eddie Murphy attached to the film. Anyone remember ‘Nutty Professor 2'? I sure do. Yet that horrible film has been erased from my memory with an even worse film, which also happens to be a sequel. Poor Eddie, just when he was getting hot again he is simply cashing in on his success with some really, really bad films. ‘Doctor Dolittle 2' is just that type of film. A forgettable, tepid, horrible film that manages to retain its' great qualities from the first film for only about the first 5 minutes. Eddie Murphy stars as the world famous veterinarian who can talk to the animals. As a result, his life is completely abnormal as all animals try to see the Doctor in the worst of times. Yet, the plot in this film sees a ‘Godfather' – like Beaver ask Dolittle for his help in thwarting a logger's plan to destroy the forest in which they live in and turn into a new city. The only way to stop this from occurring is for Dolittle to have two Pacific Western Bears mate and produce an endangered species, thus stopping the project. Talk about lame. This film goes downward right after the story shifts from the city to the woods as the film tackles many topics simultaneously. Dolittle must deal with the neglect of his wife, the neglect of his children and the stress of saving these animals from the evil loggers all while staying sane. This is a classic example of a film that aims to be ambitious and falls flat on its face. Director Steve Carr had only one film under his belt before this film and it was ‘Next Friday' which was much funnier than this. Unfortunately, ‘DR2' fails on many levels and is simply put – a bore. I must admire Director Carr for making this film as visual as possible though. I am sure he knew he was tackling some pretty bad writing from Larry Levin and decided to make this film a tad more visual than its' successor.

Although he manages to sneak some good shots in, they do not save this bore of a film that makes you feel bad for Eddie, But don't, he is cashing in on us, so why feel bad? Yet, if he continues making fare such as this, he will return to his film hiatus that almost cost him his career a couple of years back. The visual effects for the animals are incredibly top-notch, yet they cannot sustain the lacklustre pacing that drowns this film. No matter how many voices appear in the film such as Arnold Schwarzenneger, Michael Rappaport or Lisa Kudrow, this film isn't even worth writing about due to its' laziness to entice and entertain. Lastly, one more interesting point – how does an actor like Kevin Pollak go from ‘The Usual Suspects' to this? I know he is a stand up comic, but I am sure he has his limits. Yet, I am sure everyone involved was thrown a ton of money in order to ensure the film's 122$ Million Box Office Domestic Gross. This film cashed in on the summer family movie going crowd and surely left many with a strong distaste. The title is applicably attached to the film because Dr. Dolittle actually does little.

Giancarlo's Rating: *


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