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Story

There's something intrinsically funny about tactlessly truth-telling talking animals. And there are plenty of those--and laughs to go with them--in this 1998 reimagining of Hugh Lofting's children's story. Murphy plays the doctor in question, a modern-day San Francisco physician who discovers that he can understand what animals have to say. Director Betty Thomas makes the most of an amazing voice cast for the animals, led by Norm McDonald and including everyone from Garry Shandling to Julie Kavner to Albert Brooks. The story itself is pretty slim--will the conscientious doctor sign his soul away to a greedy HMO?--but Murphy makes the most of it, often providing priceless reactions to animal voices only he can hear. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Eddie MurphyDr. John Dolittle
Ossie DavisArcher Dolittle
Oliver PlattDr. Mark Weller
Peter BoyleCalloway
Richard SchiffDr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss
Kristen WilsonLisa Dolittle
Jeffrey TamborDr. Fish
Kyla PrattMaya Dolittle
Raven-SymonéCharisse Dolittle
Steven GilbornDr. Sam Litvack
John LafayetteReverend
Norm MacDonaldLucky
Albert BrooksJacob the Tiger
Chris RockRodney
Reni SantoniRat #1
John LeguizamoRat #2
Julie KavnerFemale Pigeon
Garry ShandlingMale Pigeon
Ellen DeGeneresPrologue Dog
Brian Doyle-MurrayOld Beagle
Phil ProctorDrunk Monkey
Jenna ElfmanOwl
Gilbert GottfriedCompulsive Dog
Paul ReubensRaccoon
Jonathan LipnickiBaby Tiger
Paul GiamattiBlaine
Pruitt Taylor VincePatient at Hammersmith

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Betty Thomas
  • Producer: Fox
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 26, 1998
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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