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Oct 13th 2019 at 12:04:46 PM

Robert Downey Jr. plays the doctor in Dolittle. This is based on the books, rather than the In Name Only Eddie Murphy version.

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Edited by alanh on Oct 13th 2019 at 12:07:27 PM

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Oct 13th 2019 at 12:45:17 PM

So Tony Stark is an animal talker now, and Peter Parker is his dog apparently. Now I really want to see RDJ as Batman with Tom Holland as Robin. tongue

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Oct 13th 2019 at 12:51:57 PM

[up][up] Been seeing impressions on Twitter and...they are not good. sad

Issues include RDJ's weird accent, the weird-looking CG, and the January release date that implies that Universal is less than confident in this movie.

Incidentally, I remember this movie when it was still called The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. Not sure what prompted the change in title to just Dolittle.

Maybe someone thought the initial title was silly? Which is...kind of...a dumb reason? What is it with movie studios and one word titles? Does it cost $50 per word in a title?

Edited by TargetmasterJoe on Oct 13th 2019 at 3:56:06 PM

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Oct 13th 2019 at 1:03:02 PM

This has all the hallmarks of a Troubled Production. It was also originally scheduled for April 2019 before being pushed back.

The accent is supposed to be... Welsh? Entertainment Weekly quoted him from a 2018 interview: "I decided to give myself, like, 40 additional challenges, like a Welsh accent — which even Welsh people say is hard to do."

Edited by alanh on Oct 13th 2019 at 1:07:06 AM

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Oct 13th 2019 at 1:47:30 PM

It was also originally scheduled for April 2019 before being pushed back.

April 2019?

Ha! That would've made the movie DOA, thanks to another RDJ-led movie releasing at that time...

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Oct 13th 2019 at 2:08:21 PM

As I said on another board, even outside the MCU Tom's still in RDJ's shadow!

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Oct 13th 2019 at 10:31:55 PM

Someone on Reddit who claims to have worked on the movie shared details about how allegedly disastrous this movie's pre-production was.

I looked up the source and most of their comments appear to have been deleted, but a few are still up.

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Edited by Tuckerscreator on Oct 13th 2019 at 10:38:22 AM

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Oct 13th 2019 at 10:32:32 PM

You might also want to check out Lindsay Ellis' "The Death of the Hollywood Musical". She talks about the disaster that was the 1967 Doctor Dolittle starting at the 13:00 mark.

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Oct 13th 2019 at 10:36:27 PM

I wonder if this will have a push-me-pull-you in it. THAT would be interesting to see in a modern film.

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Oct 13th 2019 at 11:56:12 PM

So i watched the Doctor Dolitle movies starting Eddie Murphy when i was young. What your opinions about those movies, especially the first one?

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Oct 14th 2019 at 12:03:46 AM

[up]I watched the first one with Eddie Murphy, too! I think it was a good ride.

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Oct 14th 2019 at 12:39:49 AM

I only saw the first Eddie Murphy many years ago. It's ok, but my recollection is it felt like one of those remakes that was really a Dolled-Up Installment. Like maybe somebody wrote a script about a doctor that can talk to animals, and some executive thought "Hey, wait a minute..."

To be fair, I never found the original film very memorable either, being rather slow-paced until the 3rd act.

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Oct 14th 2019 at 4:03:02 AM

That's about as out-of-place as the orgy in the book version of It.

I say, fitting time for a nap, eh what?
Oct 14th 2019 at 5:01:00 AM

Surprisingly dull trailer, it jumps into the spectacle while trying to be whimsical, why even have Robert Downey Jr as the main character if there is only a handful of shots of him and even fewer lines? The trailer should have been all about revealing who this character is, not the plethora of animals, pirate action and sweeping vista shots.

An issue with the source material is precisely that they are rather epic adventure stories with an especially cutesy premise. It kind of works as an old Hollywood musical, but the Murphy films reimagined them as more modern comedies, changing his abilities from academic study into a genetic gift.

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Oct 14th 2019 at 6:14:05 AM

Also i can still recall the theme of the Murphy movie, it about him accept a part of himself back to him after it had been taken away because people think he was insane.

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Oct 14th 2019 at 10:55:22 AM

Heh, was reading the tropes entry for the original Dr. Dolittle movie, and looks like that film had a Troubled Production as well. History repeats...

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Oct 14th 2019 at 11:22:44 AM "What, you think I won't fight a dinosaur? Are you crazy? All I want to do is fight dinosaurs." — Squirrel Girl
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Oct 14th 2019 at 12:00:23 PM

[up][up] I meant that version.

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Oct 15th 2019 at 4:19:06 PM

Doesn't RDJ have a billion dollars after Endgame? Does he really need to do this kind of big budget garbage? Is his drug habit back?

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Oct 15th 2019 at 11:13:26 PM

Pretty sure this was actually made before end game but for various reasons has been delayed release....

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Oct 16th 2019 at 12:38:45 AM

[up][up] I actually remember reading that RDJ's son was having drug problems, but that was before Infinity War came out.

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Oct 16th 2019 at 6:20:11 AM

I'm guessing that RDJ has got so much in the bank now (thanks to Iron Man) he can do whatever the heck he wants filmwise, there might have been something in the script that caught his eye so he agreed then the 'Troubled Production' hit and he's still professional enough to finish the product

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Oct 16th 2019 at 5:12:40 PM

It's also possible that this could have been done out of obligation to something else. He has some passion project down the line, but is doing Dolittle to build the credit he needs to make that project happen.

Or maybe the project was A LOT different at the beginning of production. From my understanding, The James Gunn Scooby Doo film originally had explicitly stoner Scooby-Shaggy and lesbians Velma and Daphine and was far more adult in tone when the cast signed on vs. the film that got quickly toned down into a family release. And, at that point, an actor is already signed for the shoot.


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