Dolittle character featurettes give highlight to the all-star voice cast
Ahead of the film’s theatrical release this Friday, Universal Pictures has released a bunch of featurettes for their upcoming adventure comedy film Dolittle, featuring most of the film’s talking animal characters including Tom Holland’s Jip the Dog, John Cena’s Yoshi the Polar Bear, Rami Malek’s Chee-Chee the Gorilla, and Ralph Fiennes’ Barry the Tiger, Octavia Spencer’s Dab-Dab the Duck, Kumail Nanjiani’s Plimpton the Ostrich and Emma Thompson’s Poly the Parrot. Starring Robert Downey Jr., you can check out the videos below!
In Dolittle (previously known as “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”), after losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.’
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (The Help Oscar winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Howard’s End Oscar winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.
The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.
Dolittle is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana). The film is produced by Susan Downey of Team Downey along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum through their Roth/Kirshenbaum Films banner.
The star-studded film adaptation is scheduled to make its debut next year on January 17, 2020.