Doctor Dolittle

  • L.B. Abbott, Best Effects, Special Effects, Academy Awards
    Academy Awards

  • Leslie Bricusse, Best Music, Original Song, Academy Awards
    Academy Awards

A film by Richard Fleischer

Rex Harrison embodies musical film perfection in 70mm as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse’s musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. He can talk with the animals — in 498 animal dialects.

Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley) and Emma Fairfax (Samantha Eggar) and heads off on a journey to the South Seas to find the elusive great pink snail and the giant lunar moth. Along the way, the group encounters a succession of bizarre human and animal characters — most notably the legendary pushme-pullyou, an animal so freakish that it compels Albert Blossom (Richard Attenborough) to burst out into the exuberant song, “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like it in My Life.”


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