History Literature / DoctorDolittle

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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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17th May '16 6:51:26 PM PaulA
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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle is the former TropeNamer. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Doctor Dolittle is the former TropeNamer.Dolittle. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.
17th May '16 6:37:13 PM Roo
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Prince Bumpo is very well-read and has the largest vocabulary of any of the characters in the series.
17th May '16 2:51:14 PM Roo
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* 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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''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.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.



* CoolBoat: (after a fashion) The Great Glass Sea Snail
* CunningLinguist

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* CoolBoat: (after a fashion) The Great Glass Sea Snail
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* CunningLinguistCunningLinguist: The Doctor does not only speak a lot of animal languages, but a number of human languages as well.



* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Tommy Stubbins. An unusual example in that he is first introduced in ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', so the earlier set books are all 3rd person omniscient.

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* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Tommy Stubbins. An unusual example in that he is first introduced in ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'', so the earlier set books are all 3rd person omniscient.omniscient (though ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle'' hint that these books are also written by Tommy).



* GluttonousPig: Gub-Gub, who's [[BigEater always hungry]] and wanting to eat. He even got his own book on the subject, ''Gub Gub's Book: An Encyclopaedia of Food In Twenty Volumes''.



* HeroicDog: Jip was once awarded a solid gold dog collar for saving a man's life

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* HeroicDog: Jip was once awarded a solid gold dog collar for saving a man's lifelife.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis:
** According to ''The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle,'' all the books are supposedly written by Tommy Stubbins -- even the ones where he doesn't appear and the books are told in third person are penned by him, based on stories the Doctor told him about his earlier life (and Polynesia the parrot is credited as Tommy's greatest source of information.)
** ''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: Former TropeNamer.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Former TropeNamer.Doctor Dolittle is the former TropeNamer. Later on, Tommy Stubbins learns to talk to the animals just as well as the Doctor.
15th May '16 7:20:33 PM PaulA
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* CarnivoreConfusion: iI's a little strange to read about the doctor eating sausages and such when Gub Gub the pig is a main character.

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* CarnivoreConfusion: iI's It's a little strange to read about the doctor eating sausages and such when Gub Gub the pig is a main character.



* GeniusDitz: Doctor Dolittle has traces of this; he's a tremendously skilled doctor and of course 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 of course he's absolutely terrible at managing his money or household.

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* GeniusDitz: Doctor Dolittle has traces of this; he's a tremendously skilled doctor and of course 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 of course he's absolutely terrible at managing his money or household. household.
15th May '16 6:42:53 PM Roo
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* GiantFlyer: Jamara Bumblelily, the moth large enough to double as an interplanetary spaceship
* TheGreatFlood: remembered fondly by Mudface the turtle

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* GiantFlyer: Jamara Bumblelily, the moth large enough to double as an interplanetary spaceship
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* GeniusDitz: Doctor Dolittle has traces of this; he's a tremendously skilled doctor and of course 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 of course he's absolutely terrible at managing his money or household.
* TheGreatFlood: remembered Remembered fondly by Mudface the turtleturtle.
15th May '16 5:45:47 PM Roo
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* IntergeneratonalFriendship: Between Doctor Dolittle and Tommy Stubbins, who is ten years old when they first meet.

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* IntergeneratonalFriendship: IntergenerationalFriendship: Between Doctor Dolittle and Tommy Stubbins, who is ten years old when they first meet.
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* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Pushmi-Pullyu
* AbsentMindedProfessor: the Doctor to a certain extent, mainly in terms of money.

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* AHeadAtEachEnd: The Pushmi-Pullyu
Pushmi-Pullyu.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: the The Doctor to a certain extent, mainly in terms of money.



* AnimalTalk: averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot.

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* AnimalTalk: averted Averted to the point that learning new animal languages often drives the plot.



* BlackSheep: the good Doctor is this, from the point of view of his respectable sister Sarah
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Pretty severe case in both the illustrations and the text. The books have been out of print in their original forms since the 1970s

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* BlackSheep: the The good Doctor is this, from the point of view of his respectable sister Sarah
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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Pretty severe case in both the illustrations and the text. The books have been out of print in their original forms since the 1970s1970s.



* CarnivoreConfusion: it's a little strange to read about the doctor eating sausages and such when Gub Gub the pig is a main character.
* CatsAreMean: the moon cats hold themselves apart from Otho Bludge's ideal society. This is also why a cat had never been part of the Dolittle household until Itty accompanied them back from the moon.

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* CarnivoreConfusion: it's iI's a little strange to read about the doctor eating sausages and such when Gub Gub the pig is a main character.
* CatsAreMean: the The moon cats hold themselves apart from Otho Bludge's ideal society. This is also why a cat had never been part of the Dolittle household until Itty accompanied them back from the moon.



* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: Chee Chee the monkey is one of the Doctor's most constant companions.



* IntergeneratonalFriendship: Between Doctor Dolittle and Tommy Stubbins, who is ten years old when they first meet.



* NiceHat: The good Doctor's iconic top hat, and his most prized possession
* NobleSavage: Long Arrow, the world's greatest naturalist

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* NiceHat: The good Doctor's iconic top hat, and his most prized possession
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* NobleSavage: Long Arrow, the world's greatest naturalistnaturalist.



* PerpetualPoverty: although the Doctor prefers it this way

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* PerpetualPoverty: although Although the Doctor prefers it this wayway.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Polynesia the parrot is the only animal in the series who speaks fluent English, and is the one who taught both Doctor Dolittle, and later on Tommy Stubbins, to speak animal languages.


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* TheWatson: Tommy Stubbins, as the FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator, often gets this role.
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