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Dr. Dollitle 2
DVD disk
10.09.2004 By: Professor Steve
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Director:
Steve Carr

Actors:
Eddie Murphy
Steve Zahn
Raven-Symone

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dr. Dolittle (Murphy) uses his ability to talk with animals to help adapt a wimpy circus bear (Zahn) into the wild, as well as to prevent the destruction of a forest by a logging company. On the home-front, he deals with his daughter's (Symone) first romance.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Nope. This movie single-handedly illustrates every wrong thing you can do with a summer movie. First, it's a sequel to a movie that doesn't deserve a sequel. Secondly, it has a big-name star (Murphy) who is obviously there just to collect a paycheck and barely breaks a sweat acting. Next, the studio recruits a bunch of big-name stars (even Arnold Schwarzenegger) that owe them a favor to provide either a cameo or voice-over just so the trailer will look good. Then, to appeal to all audiences the story works in an abundance of kids, animals (this can be forgiven here), and every PG-rated burp and fart joke they can think up. And finally, for the grand finale, they hired a newbie director who's done nothing except direct music videos and NEXT FRIDAY to make a "family film" - why? Maybe to infuse some originality, but all we get here are recycled jokes and a standard plot. In the end, you get a film that might be enjoyed by the under-10 crowd, but anyone older will know better.

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.
THE EXTRAS
The dvd includes an audio commentary with the director Steve Carr and co-producer Heidi Santelli. It's an alright track, but Carr tends to mumble and Heidi actually has to correct him and finish his sentences many times. We learn a little about the production and how they got some of the stars to lend their voices to the animals. But Carr likes to toot his own horn a lot about things in the film that really aren't that great, including his own cameo, as a dog licking his balls. They don't talk too much about Eddie Murphy besides saying "this was an improv scene" or "look at Eddie's reaction to this" so either the movie was a fast shoot or maybe Murphy pulled up in his limo, got out and shot the scene, then took off again. Who knows.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This sequel to the mildly entertaining Dr. Dolittle looks cute and entertaining, but the film is a waste of time. There's a few neat extras on the dvd, but that's about it.
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