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Dr. Dolittle

  • Adaptation Displacement: Besides being oblivious to the original books by Hugh Lofting, many 90s kids have no knowledge of the film adaptation from 1967.
  • Awesome Music: Louis Armstrong's rendition of "Talk to the Animals".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Considering how Eddie Murphy would later end up playing a certain animated animal chatterbox that gets on people's nerves, seeing him at the receiving end of talking animals is definitely this.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When young John loses his pet dog after his father hires a minister to perform an exorcism on John. She only attacked the minister because she thought he was threatening John. John's father sends her to the pound the next day over the misunderstanding, but mostly so John could stop talking to his dog.
    • The dogs in the dog pound.
    • Maya explaining to Archer that she liked the idea that John could talk to animals. Because she thinks people see her as a freak too, and thought it would be nice if she and her dad had something in common.
    • For the most part the scene where Dolittle first meets Jake the tiger is Played for Laughs despite the circumstances, but here and there the genuine pain the cat is going through comes through clearly in his strained voice—and despite the fact tigers are one of the endangered species people are fighting the hardest to save (although this was not always the case), it's heartbreaking to hear him claim no one would care if he died. (Considering he's from a circus, there's another subtext to this as well.) And during the rather tense surgery scene, when Jake is on the verge of completely losing his sight if Dolittle can't relieve the pressure in his brain, it's hard for any animal lover not to get upset. Helped, of course, by the tiger being voiced by Albert Brooks, years before he tugged at heartstrings as Marlin.

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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Hearing Steve Irwin getting his arm bitten off by a crocodile (off-screen) might be uncomfortable to watch now that he was killed in an animal attack note .
  • Tear Jerker: When John sees the cleared portion of the forest the animals want to save. Made worse when a squirrel who obviously used to live there comes up. It's actually rather subdued.
    Squirrel: It's gone. Everything's... gone.


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