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This musical adaptation of Hugh Lofting's classic stories brings to life the world of Doctor John Dolittle (played by Rex Harrison), a 19th century English physician who throws away his family practice to pursue his true interest -- veterinary medicine. With a little help from his pet parrot, the doctor is soon conversing with animals of every species.
Why Is Doctor Dolittle Rated G?
Doctor Dolittle is rated G
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Based on the classic stories of Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle’s ability to talk to animals is brought to life in this fanciful epic musical for young viewers.
Man yells at another man. Monkey threatens pig with a wooden spoon. Played as slapstick: Startled woman falls down stairs, man wears a foot cast that is stood on or shut in door several times, man sits on hedgehog. Man chases fox. Lyrics of a song humorously describe the rather feminine retaliation tactics an angry young woman would inflict on a rude man “If (she) Were a Man” (i.e.: pull his hair, scratch his eyes out, kick his shins, etc.). Man unjustly accused of murder is seen behind bars: death penalty is mentioned. Man feigns superior strength in brief pretend fistfight. Animal antics used in an escape plan result in horses rearing and barking dogs. Sea storm causes shipwreck. On two occasions, a spear narrowly misses the character it is thrown at. Characters have hands bound, are locked in a small hut, and later tied to stake to be burned. Possibility of death and speculation of cannibalism mentioned. (All fears prove unfounded.)
Sexual Content: B+
Two depictions of a woman kissing a man, and a mention of kissing in song lyrics. Woman shown dressed in only her very modest underwear (it looks like a sleeveless long dress). Shirtless male circus performers are seen during a dancing sequence. Song lyrics mention rabbits’ healthy reproductive habits. Male native tribal people wear bathing-suit-like coverings.
At least: 3 terms of Deity used as expletives, and two mild profanities used in lyrics of songs. Irish character uses frequent religious figures of speech (mention of patron saints etc.)
Alcohol / Drug Use: B-
It is suggested that a duck suffered injury because it was intoxicated. A main character is played as a stereotypical drinking Irishman, and drinks from a flask he carries on at least two occasions. Song lyrics compare rain to pink champagne. Several humorous side remarks about alcohol, such as: sailors’ ale blamed for unusual animal sightings, offer to slip something into pet food to drum up veterinary business, empty flask is a sign of being at sea too long. Wine is drunk with supper. Man is accused of drinking a lot of wine and brandy.
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Our children’s generation has been introduced to Eddie Murphy as the new (and more crude) Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001). Rex Harrison plays a similar character in the musical My Fair Lady. For a family-friendly film featuring a parrot that converses with people, see our review of Paulie