Doctor Dolittle (1967) (mini-review++)

doc(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 8

effects 8

editing 8

writing 9


4.1 out of 5 🐙


If you like any of the following, you will love this movie:

“Any man who understands the Irish can’t be altogether bad.”

“I think as a matter of principle one should avoid eating one’s friends.”

“I wouldn’t even eat horseradish to upset the horses.”

-‘I speak dodo and unicorn.’


-‘I had a classical education.’

‘But, the north pole hasn’t been discovered yet!’

‘Not officially. And I never say anything about it; because I promised the polar bears I wouldn’t.’

“I’m not very good with people and I don’t know why.”

(It’s me again. You should be able to appreciate, for better or for worse, the kind of sweet, silly humor in this movie. It was a welcome escape from all the shit that’s going on in the world, especially nowadays. But that last quote, which is held until the very end, shows what kind of deep, sweet, sadness runs underneath the incredibly kind Doctor Dolittle. There was no tidy explanation for his social anxiety. There was no tidy bow. There just was his love. And confusion. And that’s more than enough.)

(Oh, and a young Richard Attenborough – how is it possible that even he was young once? – plays a kind circus boss who sings a great song about all the strange things he has seen. Who knew it would be such a prophetic number about what he would eventually become world-famous for?)

(I love animals. I love Jacquin Phoenix for taking the time to publicly defend them. And if you think he’s silly or weird or we are lame for putting them on such a high pedestal, well, fuck you, and I hope no horse ever lets you ride in on him.)

(Oh, ok, one last thing. This movie is the tonal cousin to the sweet 1971 classic ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’.)







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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