History Literature / DoctorDolittle

18th Sep '17 7:43:32 AM narm00
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** ''Gub-Gub's Book: An Encyclopaedia of Food In Twenty Volumes'' has is a double example; initially Gub-Gub is credited as the author, but the text admits that the book was "really" written by Tommy, based on conversations he heard between Gub-Gub and the other animals of the Dolittle household. The titular encyclopedia is described as a poorly-organized collection of scribblings written by the pig, much too long to be translated into English -- hence, according to the frontispiece, the remaining nineteen volumes of the encyclopedia have been "temporarily postponed."

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** ''Gub-Gub's Book: An Encyclopaedia of Food In Twenty Volumes'' has is a double example; initially Gub-Gub is credited as the author, but the text admits that the book was "really" written by Tommy, based on conversations he heard between Gub-Gub and the other animals of the Dolittle household. The titular encyclopedia is described as a poorly-organized collection of scribblings written by the pig, much too long to be translated into English -- hence, according to the frontispiece, the remaining nineteen volumes of the encyclopedia have been "temporarily postponed."



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle. It's an actual plot point that animals have different languages, and just because you can speak to dogs doesn't mean you can speak to, say, crayfish. Dolittle puts lot of effort into learning more languages. It is also established that any human who makes the effort could learn animal tongues. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle. It's an actual plot point that animals have different languages, and just because you can speak to dogs doesn't mean you can speak to, say, crayfish. Dolittle puts lot lots of effort into learning more languages. It is also established that any human who makes the effort could learn animal tongues. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: to an unfortunate badger who happens to chew through a lot of it, gold is just something that gets unpleasantly stuck in your teeth

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* WorthlessYellowRocks: to an unfortunate badger who happens to chew through a lot of it, gold is just something that gets unpleasantly stuck in your teethteeth.
1st Sep '17 12:39:58 AM PaulA
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* AnimalTalk: Averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot. Much of the book "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" actually deals with Dolittle attempting to learn the language of shellfish and several other aquatic species and requires a scene in which a giant sea snail has to talk to the doctor through a sea urchin, who translates for a starfish, who translates for some dolphins, who translate for Doctor Dolittle.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', this happens when he is crowned King of Spider-Monkey Island, despite not wanting to be a King. The shouts from the people are so loud they topple a stone which causes the moving Island they are on to stop moving.
* BeastlyBloodsports:
** ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle''. While in the Capa Blanca Islands, Doctor Dolittle makes a wager with a powerful nobleman that the noble will end bullfighting in the islands if the Doctor can perform more tricks with a bull than any of the local matadors. He then talks to the bulls and convinces them to help him put on a show so that they won't have to die in the bullring any more.
** ''Doctor Dolittle's Circus''. During his journey on the English countryside, Doctor Dolittle repeatedly tries to get an old acquaintance, Sir William Peabody, to stop his weekly fox hunt. In the end, he saves a fox family from being hunted and shows them how to escape the hunting dogs by confusing their sense of smell using eucalyptus essence. The idea catches on among the foxes of the county, and the Doctor equips them all with the necessary eucalyptus essence, until Sir William has to stop the fox hunt because he never catches any foxes anymore.

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* AnimalTalk: Averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot. Much of the book "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" actually deals with Dolittle attempting to learn the language of shellfish and several other aquatic species and requires a scene in which a giant sea snail has to talk to the doctor through a sea urchin, who translates for a starfish, who translates for some dolphins, who translate for Doctor Dolittle.
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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', this happens when he is crowned King of Spider-Monkey Island, despite not wanting to be a King. The shouts from the people are so loud they topple a stone which causes the moving Island they are on to stop moving.
* BeastlyBloodsports:
** ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle''. While in the Capa Blanca Islands, Doctor Dolittle makes a wager with a powerful nobleman that the noble will end bullfighting in the islands if the Doctor can perform more tricks with a bull than any of the local matadors. He then talks to the bulls and convinces them to help him put on a show so that they won't have to die in the bullring any more.
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BeastlyBloodsports: ''Doctor Dolittle's Circus''. During his journey on the English countryside, Doctor Dolittle repeatedly tries to get an old acquaintance, Sir William Peabody, to stop his weekly fox hunt. In the end, he saves a fox family from being hunted and shows them how to escape the hunting dogs by confusing their sense of smell using eucalyptus essence. The idea catches on among the foxes of the county, and the Doctor equips them all with the necessary eucalyptus essence, until Sir William has to stop the fox hunt because he never catches any foxes anymore.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', the doctor is visited by Prince Bumpo, who is in England to study at Oxford. Bumpo says that he enjoys England immensely, except for the algebra he must learn and the shoes he must wear, which hurt his head and feet respectively. He cheerfully says that now that he's on break from his studies, he's forgotten the algebra and thrown the shoes over a wall, so all is well.



* GoodLawyersGoodClients: ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' includes a trial where the Doctor's old friend is falsely accused of murder. The defense lawyer is a genial, jovial, nice guy, while the prosecutor is described as a "frowning, spluttering, long-nosed" quarrelsome individual.



* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Prince Bumpo comes to England to study at Oxford in ''Voyages''.
* MakeTheDogTestify: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', a dog called as a witness saves an innocent man from a murder charge, thanks to the doctor's ability to understand AnimalTalk, which allows him to serve as an interpreter. First though the doctor proves he can speak to animals by interrogating the judge's dog about what was the judge doing last evening (a testimony the judge hastily interrupts, embarrassed.)



* TravelingLandmass: Spider Monkey Island from ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle''. Explained as a freak volcanic bubble during island formation creating a huge air pocket to serve as a float. When the rock at the top of the volcano drops down it punches a hole in the bottom to fix the island in place.
1st Sep '17 12:26:19 AM PaulA
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''Doctor Dolittle'' is a book series written by Creator/HughLofting with a total of 12 books; the first, ''The Story of Doctor Dolittle'', was published 1920. ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' won the second NewberyMedal.

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''Doctor Dolittle'' is a book series written by Creator/HughLofting with a total of 12 books; the first, ''The Story of Doctor Dolittle'', was published 1920. ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' won the second NewberyMedal.
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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', this happens when he is crowned King of Spider-Monkey Island, despite not wanting to be a King. The shouts from the people are so loud they topple a stone which causes the moving Island they are on to stop moving.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', the doctor is visited by Prince Bumpo, who is in England to study at Oxford. Bumpo says that he enjoys England immensely, except for the algebra he must learn and the shoes he must wear, which hurt his head and feet respectively. He cheerfully says that now that he's on break from his studies, he's forgotten the algebra and thrown the shoes over a wall, so all is well.
* EekAMouse: A smaller African kingdom is warred upon by a bigger, expansionist one, whose crack troops are Amazons. The White Mouse who lives in Dolittle's pocket points out that while they are fearsome warriors, the Amazons are still women, and gather a force of local mice who scares them away.



* GoodLawyersGoodClients: ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' includes a trial where the Doctor's old friend is falsely accused of murder. The defense lawyer is a genial, jovial, nice guy, while the prosecutor is described as a "frowning, spluttering, long-nosed" quarrelsome individual.



* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Prince Bumpo comes to England to study at Oxford in ''Voyages''.
* MakeTheDogTestify: In ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', a dog called as a witness saves an innocent man from a murder charge, thanks to the doctor's ability to understand AnimalTalk, which allows him to serve as an interpreter. First though the doctor proves he can speak to animals by interrogating the judge's dog about what was the judge doing last evening (a testimony the judge hastily interrupts, embarrassed.)



* NotGoodWithPeople: Doctor Dolittle can speak with animals and relates well to them, but aside from a few close friends he doesn't much like humans.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Bumpo's family. Stubbins, Dr. Dolittle's assistant, is quite surprised to learn there is more to being a king than sitting on a throne and being bowed to several times a day.
* SapientAllAlong: All animals in the series are intelligent, and have languages (even, for instance, shellfish, whose languages he spends much of the second book specialising in).



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle. It's an actual plot point that animals have different languages, and just because you can speak to dogs doesn't mean you can speak to, say, crayfish. Dolittle puts lot of effort into learning more languages. It is also established that any human who makes the effort could learn animal tongues. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.


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* TravelingLandmass: Spider Monkey Island from ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle''. Explained as a freak volcanic bubble during island formation creating a huge air pocket to serve as a float. When the rock at the top of the volcano drops down it punches a hole in the bottom to fix the island in place.
31st Aug '17 11:43:41 PM PaulA
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* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Pushmi-Pullyu.



* GeniusDitz: Doctor Dolittle has traces of this; he's a tremendously skilled doctor and great at learning the various animal languages, but he can also be a bit of a scatterbrain and tends to get distracted when he really shouldn't be, and he's absolutely terrible at managing his money or household.



* GeniusDitz: Doctor Dolittle has traces of this; he's a tremendously skilled doctor and great at learning the various animal languages, but he can also be a bit of a scatterbrain and tends to get distracted when he really shouldn't be, and he's absolutely terrible at managing his money or household.



* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Pushmi-Pullyu is an antelope with two front halves, attached at the waist.



* NiceHat: The good Doctor's iconic top hat, and his most prized possession.


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* NiceHat: The good Doctor's iconic top hat, and his most prized possession.
31st Aug '17 11:28:13 PM PaulA
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* InterplanetaryVoyage: In ''Doctor Dolittle in the Moon'', the Doctor flies to the moon on the back of a giant moth.


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* TimeAbyss: In ''Dr. Dolittle's Post Office'', Doctor Dolittle encounters Mudface, the turtle who was a passenger on Noah's Ark.
31st Aug '17 11:16:05 PM PaulA
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* AnimalTalk: Averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot.

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* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: All animals have language and can understand abstract concepts. Even very simple organisms without nervous systems like starfish and sea urchins can be multilingual and have meaningful conversations.
* AnimalTalk: Averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot. Much of the book "The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" actually deals with Dolittle attempting to learn the language of shellfish and several other aquatic species and requires a scene in which a giant sea snail has to talk to the doctor through a sea urchin, who translates for a starfish, who translates for some dolphins, who translate for Doctor Dolittle.
21st Aug '16 12:40:58 PM nombretomado
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The character has repeatedly appeared in radio and TV and a box office bomb musical, ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' starring Creator/RexHarrison, in 1967. The books also inspired the ''Film/DrDolittle'' series starring EddieMurphy, about a modern-day doctor with an innate gift for talking to animals.

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The character has repeatedly appeared in radio and TV and a box office bomb musical, ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' starring Creator/RexHarrison, in 1967. The books also inspired the ''Film/DrDolittle'' series starring EddieMurphy, Creator/EddieMurphy, about a modern-day doctor with an innate gift for talking to animals.
14th Jun '16 5:47:21 AM Mdumas43073
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The character has repeatedly appeared in radio and TV and a box office bomb musical, ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' starring Rex Harrison, in 1967. The books also inspired the ''Film/DrDolittle'' series starring EddieMurphy, about a modern-day doctor with an innate gift for talking to animals.

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The character has repeatedly appeared in radio and TV and a box office bomb musical, ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' starring Rex Harrison, Creator/RexHarrison, in 1967. The books also inspired the ''Film/DrDolittle'' series starring EddieMurphy, about a modern-day doctor with an innate gift for talking to animals.
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