Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who has the ability to talk to animals. It is inspired by the Doctor Dolittle books by Hugh Lofting, but doesn't much resemble them.A sequel Dr. Dolittle 2, was released in 2001. There are also three more direct-to-video sequels in which the central character is Dr. Dolittle's daughter Maya, played by Kyla Pratt.(For the 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, see Doctor Dolittle.)
Gratuitous Spanish: The orangutan in the first film, of whom Dr. Dolittle needs to prove that it can speak. It does end up speaking... Spanish.
Hollywood Chameleon: Subverted in Dr. Dolittle 2, with Papito the chameleon, who thinks he has the ability to blend completely into the background, but never can. At the end, Charisse paints a room completely green as a surprise for Papito, and it looks like he finally got his dream.
Ironic Echo: In Dr. Dolittle 2 Dolittle tries to get an endangered bear to mate in order to save a forest. The Corrupt Corporate Executive tells him that won't happen so he makes an offer noting this way he can save face, won't have to admit he was wrong, and won't look like a fool. When Dolittle gets the animals to unite against him, he proposes they set up a meeting as it's the only way to save face, he won't have to admit he was wrong, and he'll get out of the situation without looking like an idiot.
Dr. Dolittle: Lisa, the more money you have, the more time you can spend with your family. That's the way it boils down. that's true. And in the meantime, you're just gonna have to make do and be happy with this beautiful, fancy sports car you always wanted. Right here, beautiful.
Lisa Dolittle: Oh, my God, John, you didn't!
Dr. Dolittle: No, I didn't. The van's around the corner. But I saw how fluttered you got, so don't tell me you don't care about money. (starts mocking) "Oh, John, you didn't. You didn't."
Pounds Are Animal Prisons: The pound that Lucky's taken to, complete with Death Row tropes when a dog is taken to be put down.
Shout-Out: When the doctor and Lucky the dog are trying to stop a tiger from leaping to his death, they note all of the great tigers. When asked to name one Lucky comes up with Tony the Tiger, while Dolittle points out how Rocky beat up Mr. T after hearing "Eye of the Tiger".