The script is really far-fetched, and the Dr. Dolittle character is kind of like SUPERMAN in that everyone now knows he has these unique powers, but they are sort of taken for granted and no one really cares either way. The special effect of having the animals talk is done really well here, but what takes away from it is the star voices that have you sitting there trying to figure out who they are rather than watch the movie. Plus, they should have shot more outdoor scenes on location rather than using cheesy looking sets. There are no plot twists in this movie, the ending is utterly uneventful, and the jokes aren't funny. If you never see this movie - consider yourself lucky.
There's The Making of Doctor Dolittle 2 feature of which over half has nothing to do with the movie, we just watch clips of Eddie Murphy from Saturday Night Live and every movie (literally) that he's been in up until now. At the end they show us a special effect shot that puts Eddie Murphy up close with the bear, and we also get to see some of the stars do their voice-overs in the studio. Making Movie Magic with Rhythm and Hues covers some of the special effects in the film like making the animals talk and scenes where they had to shoot the animal and the actors (mainly Murphy) separately and combine the two shots into one. Rhythm and Hues is the visual effects company that made the effects and while it's neat to see, we've seen it all before. There an extensive collection of storyboard-to-screen comparisons that seem to go on forever as well.
There are also 2 extended scenes with optional commentary that pretty much blow. One of them is an extension to the scene where Dr. Dolittle talks with a bear who is in a jail cell. Need I say more. The Bear Necessities: A Kid's Guide to Grizzlies is probably the best feature on the dvd which is a little documentary about grizzlies, telling us about the types of bears and their habitats. There is also a Wild on the Set feature with Tank the bear who now has a monopoly on "bear" films since Big Bart (THE BEAR, THE EDGE) died. We get some behind the scenes action with the Tank here as well as an interview with his trainer. Rounding out the dvd is a music video for "Cluck Cluck" by The Product G&B (who are these guys?) featuring Wyclef, a music promo spot advertising the soundtrack, 2 theatrical trailers, 12 TV spots, and finally a trailer for ICE AGE which you can download off the internet as well.