After the loss of his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famous doctor and veterinarian of England of Queen Victoria is isolated behind the walls of his manor, with only company his menagerie of animals exotic.
But when the young Queen falls seriously ill, Dr. Dolittle, at first reluctant, is forced to set sail for a mythical island in an epic adventure in search of a cure for the disease. As he meets former rivals and discovers strange creatures, this journey will lead him to regain his brilliant spirit and his courage.
During his quest, the doctor is joined by a young apprentice and a happy troop of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla, an enthusiastic but stubborn duck, a bickering duo between a cynical ostrich and a happy polar bear, and finally a Headstrong parrot, Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidant.
After a saga with 5 films, including the first 2 led by Eddie Murphy, Stephen Gaghan takes the children’s novels written by Hugh Lofting to make his own adaptation: The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle.
To camp the famous character, the American filmmaker chose Robert Downey Jr. The latter finally leaves the Marvel universe after having saved the universe in Avengers Endgame. However, he did not give up the big show and the special effects with this feature film eyeing Pirates of the Caribbean and Sherlock Holmes. Action and adventure are on the program unlike the opus with Eddie Murphy, very comedy oriented.
Alongside the “humans” Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen, we find Tom Holland (Jip the dog), but also Emma Thompson (Polynesia the parakeet), Selena Gomez (Betsy the giraffe), Ralph Fiennes (Barry le tiger), Rami Malek (Chee-Chee the gorilla), Octavia Spencer (Dab-Dab the duck), Kumail Nanjiani (Plimpton the ostrich), John Cena (Yoshi the polar bear), Carmen Ejogo (Regine the lioness), Craig Robinson (Fleming the mouse) and Frances de la Tour.
Frenchie Marion Cotillard is also present, lending her voice to the vixenTutu. Note that Lofting’s novels were first adapted to film in 1967 in the form of a musical by Richard Fleischer.