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Story

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 cakewalks through his title role 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 movie's aimed at a preteen audience, so many of those punch lines involve flatulence, bodily functions, and frequent use of the word butt.

The difference this time: 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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby

Cast

Eddie MurphyDr. John Dolittle
Kristen WilsonLisa Dolittle
Raven-SymonéCharisse Dolittle
Kyla PrattMaya Dolittle
Lil' ZaneEric
James AveryEldon
Andy RichterEugene Wilson
Kevin PollakRiley/Alligator
Steve IrwinThe Crocodile Hunter
Steve ZahnArchie
Lisa KudrowAva
Jacob VargasPepito
Michael RapaportJoey the Raccoon
Isaac HayesPossum
Andy DickLennie the Weasel
Joey Lauren AdamsSquirrel
David CrossDog
John DiMaggioSeeing Eye Dog/Wassup Fish/Mouse
Mike EppsSonny
Jamie KennedyBandit
Tom KennyMale Tortoise
Cedric the EntertainerZoo Bear #1
Michael McKeanBird
Mandy MooreGirl Bear Cub
Frankie MunizBoy Bear Cub
Bob OdenkirkAnimal Groupie #4/Forest Animal/Dog
Norm MacDonaldLucky
Arnold SchwarzeneggerWhite Wolf

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Steve Carr (III)
  • Producer: Fox
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 22, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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