Dr. Dolittle 2

Dr. Dolittle 2

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Carr
Produced by John Davis
Written by Hugh Lofting
Larry Levin
Starring Eddie Murphy
Narrated by Norm Macdonald
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Edited by Craig Herring
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
June 22, 2001 (2001-06-22)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million[1]
Box office $176.1 million[1]

Dr. Dolittle 2 is a 2001 American comedy film and a sequel to the 1998 film Dr. Dolittle. The film again stars Eddie Murphy in the title role of a doctor who can talk to animals, as well as Raven-Symoné as his daughter. It was written by Larry Levin, one of the co-writers of Dr. Dolittle (Hugh Lofting, the author of the original Doctor Dolittle novels, is also credited as a writer), and directed by Steve Carr.

In the film, Dr. Dolittle tries to help the animals protect their forest from unscrupulous human developers. He decides to populate the forest with a species of animal that the law protects, and enlists the help of Ava (voiced by Lisa Kudrow), a lone Pacific western bear living in the condemned forest. To provide her with a mate, Dolittle turns to Archie (voiced by Steve Zahn), a wise-cracking circus-performing bear.

This is the last Dr. Dolittle film to feature Eddie Murphy in the lead role, before Kyla Pratt became the lead role in future films, starting with Dr. Dolittle 3 in 2006. It is also the last Dr. Dolittle film to feature Raven-Symoné as Charisse Dolitte.


Lucky the dog (Norm Macdonald) explains Dr. John Dolittle's (Eddie Murphy) gift of talking to animals. John comes home from France and gives his wife a present from Paris. He also gives his daughter, Maya (Kyla Pratt), a chameleon, named Pepito.

Also, Charisse's (Raven-Symoné) sixteenth birthday is coming today. She was also not doing well in her classes. As a punishment, her father takes her phone away. Later on, Charisse's boyfriend, Eric (Lil' Zane), comes over and decides to join the family at the birthday party. A possum (voice of Isaac Hayes) and a raccoon, Joey (voice of Michael Rapaport), tell the doctor that their boss, the Godbeaver, wants to see him.

He meets the God beaver (voice of Richard C. Sarafian) who shows him that the forest is being cut down. John plans to save the forest to get an endangered female Pacific western bear together with a male to save their species.

At a circus, John attempts to get Archie, the surviving male member in his species, to go out into the forest to teach him to become a real bear. Reluctantly, he agrees but John knows that Archie doesn't know what kind of bear he is and never acts as a real animal. Then, after taking his family on a vacation to the forest for the rest of the month, John makes a deal with Ava to not make any decisions for the month and promised to turn Archie into someone she will love.

While he unsuccessfully trains Archie, John hires the local forest creatures to make an attempt to stop Charisse and Eric from making out. But during the training, he ignores Lisa for the next few days. Then, John tells Archie that he will find a way win Ava's heart.

Every animal in the forest watches as John dances with Lisa, and as the two attempt to embrace, Lucky accidentally blows it. Archie attempts to get Ava's attention by singing her a song while imitating John in a smooth voice and on a tree branch, but blows his attempt when he is too heavy for the branch to hold and he falls down.

Archie refuses to come out of his new-found cave because of humiliating himself in front of Ava. Archie proclaims that it was hard but John knows how hard it is when his wife grows mad at him. Frustrated with John's insults, Archie hits John, making him fall on a muddy hole, and he begins to listen to his "inner bear". Later on, he spends the rest of the day with Ava, whose relationship with Sonny isn't very well.

Lucky attempts to win the affection of an attractive female wolf (though throughout the film, Lucky attempts to get her attention two times but both are unsuccessful). This attempt was successful as Lucky urinates around her territory and she is about to go out with him but one of her packmates came and finds Lucky urinating part of the pack's territory and they leave, much to Lucky's dismay. On the other hand, Ava is forced to leave Archie by Sonny (voice of Mike Epps).

Afterwards, Mr. Potter, the owner of two logging companies, attempts to make a deal with John, and when Archie arrives, he tells John he has his "big finish", knowing that he will win Ava about John telling him to listen to his "inner bear". Back at the cabin, Charisse is beginning to hate living in the forest and is annoyed with her family talking to the animals, though John doesn't know what is bothering her. Meanwhile, Archie goes after a bee hive on a fallen tree at the edge of a tall hill, and despite commands from John and attacking bees, he manages to get the hive.

In a game of hide and seek with Ava (who dumps Sonny), Archie is shot by a tranquilizer dart fired by Mr. Potter's apprentice. John later learns that Archie had somewhat destroyed the back of a restaurant in the woods. After getting information from a weasel (voice of Andy Dick) of what happened, John visits Archie in a jail and tells the bear that he may be too dangerous to be set free and is going to be sold to a Mexican circus. Then, John realizes that Charisse has developed her father's gift of talking to animals, though it has been in her for two weeks now. Later, John held a meeting for every animal in the forest to not give up without a fight no matter what kind of animal expression they have. Everyone agrees to do it in order to free Archie. The animals, led by Charisse, Eric, and Maya, rebel against the loggers and every animal around the world go on strikes as an effort to free Archie.

Mr. Potter and his apprentice are then attacked by some of the animals at the company, such as a swarm of rats, a fleet of pigeons, a pack of wolves and Mr. Potter's apprentice is then attacked by the swarm of bees outside the building, while Mr. Potter is cornered by Ava and Joey. Then, when the animals refuse to have twelve acres in their home, the strike keeps growing (even animal pros, such as racing horses and jumping whales are getting on the act). As a deal is made, the Dolittles and the animals have saved the entire forest outside of San Francisco.

At the end, John and Charisse become closer while Archie and Ava mate and have two cubs (a boy and a girl).


Voice cast

Actor Role Animal
Steve Zahn Archie Pacific western bear (fictional)
Norm Macdonald Lucky Dolittle
Lisa Kudrow Ava Pacific western bear
Mike Epps Sonny
(as Michael J. Epps)
Kodiak bear
Jacob Vargas Pepito Chameleon
Michael Rapaport Joey Raccoon
Phil Proctor Drunk Monkey Monkey
Isaac Hayes Possum Opossum
Andy Dick Mr. "Lennie" Weasel Weasel
John Witherspoon Old Prison Bear Bear
Cedric the Entertainer Young Prison Bear Bear
Jamie Kennedy Dog #1 Dog
David Cross Dog #2 Dog
Bob Odenkirk Dog #3 Dog
David DeLuise Fish #1 Fish
Hal Sparks Fish #2 Fish
Reni Santoni Rat #1 Rat
John Leguizamo Rat #2
Arnold Schwarzenegger White Wolf
Kevin Pollak Alligator Alligator
Georgia Engel Giraffe Giraffe
Joey Lauren Adams Squirrel Squirrel
Mandy Moore Girl Bear Cub Bear
Frankie Muniz Boy Bear Cub Bear
Michael McKean Bird #1 Bird
David L. Lander Bird #2 Bird
Tom Kenny Male Tortoise Tortoise
Renée Taylor Female Tortoise Tortoise
Richard C. Sarafian God Beaver Beaver
Keone Young Flying Bee Bee
Clyde Kusatsu Bee Bee
Tara Mercurio Deer Deer

Animal cast

Actor Role
Tank the Bear Archie
Little Bart the Bear Boy Bear Cub
Honey-Bump Bear Girl Bear Cub
Crystal the Monkey Drunk Monkey


Like the original film, Dr Dolittle 2 received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a critic score of 43%.[2]

Box office

On its opening weekend, the film grossed $25,037,039 from 3,049 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office, behind The Fast and the Furious. Like the first film, it was the best debut for a Fox film that week. By the end of its run, Dr. Dolittle 2 had grossed $112,952,899 domestically and $63,151,445 internationally, totaling $176,104,344 worldwide.[1]


Dr. Dolittle 2
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released June 5, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label J Records
Dr. Dolittle soundtracks chronology
Dr. Dolittle
Dr. Dolittle 2
Singles from Dr. Dolittle 2
  1. "Do U Wanna Roll (Dolittle Theme)"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Cluck Cluck"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Absolutely Not"
    Released: 2001

A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on June 5, 2001 by J Records. It peaked at 76 on the Billboard 200, 26 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and 10 on the Top Soundtracks. Three singles were spawned from the album, "Do U Wanna Roll (Dolittle Theme)", "Cluck Cluck" and "Absolutely Not". Allmusic rated this soundtrack four stars out of five.[3]

Information taken from Dr. Dolittle 2: Original Soundtrack liner notes:[4]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Cluck Cluck" (Product G&B with Wyclef Jean)Wyclef Jean, Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis, David McRae, Marvin L. Moore-HoughWyclef Jean and Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis 3:59
2. "Do U Wanna Roll (Dolittle Theme)" (R.L., Snoop Dogg and Lil' Kim)Kevin Gilliam, R.L. Huggar, Calvin Broadus, Kimberly Jones, R. Troutman, L. TroutmanBattlecat for B.C. Pow-Da, Inc./Future Sound Entertainment 4:33
3. "Tameeka" (Fabolous with Mario)Steve Estiverne, Jarret Washington, Carlos McKinneySteve Estiverne 3:42
4. "Absolutely Not" (Deborah Cox)Eric Johnson, D. Christopher Jennings, Deborah Cox, Ahmad Russel, Tiffany Palmer, Eric Jones, James GlascoEric "Donovan East" Johnson and D. Christopher "Dip Q" Jennings for Eristopher Entertainment/Furnace Music 3:35
5. "We Fit Together" (O-Town)Remee, Mich Hansen, Joe BelmaatiCutfather and Joe 3:58
6. "Two Steps" (Jimmy Cozier)Carsten Shack, Kenneth Karlin, N. Butler, Harold Lilly, Jimmy CozierSoulshock and Karlin for Soulpower Productions 4:17
7. "What It Is (Part II)" (Flipmode Squad featuring Busta Rhymes with Kelis)T. Smith, P. Williams, C. Hugo, R. Fisher, R. McNair, W. Lewis, L. Jones, R. Meyers, R. WaltersThe Neptunes 4:20
8. "Rear View Mirror" (Alicia Keys)Alicia Keys, LeSean Daniels, Kerry Brothers, Fred Jerkins, Rodney Jerkins, Paul L. GreenAlicia Keys and K. Brothers for MBK Entertainment/KrucialKey Productions 4:05
9. "If I Was the One" (Luther Vandross)Diane WarrenThe Underdogs - Damon Thomas and Harvey Mason, Jr. 4:21
10. "Makin' Me Feel" (Angie Stone)Raphael Saadiq, Angie Stone, Kelvon Wooten, Gleen Standridge, Robert C. OzunaRaphael Saadiq 4:07
11. "Life Is Good" (LFO with M.O.P.)Rich Cronin, Sheppard, Kenny GioiaSheppard and Kenny Gioia for Sheppard Music, Inc. 4:05
12. "Lookin' for Love" (Next with Lil' Zane)R.L. Huggar, Walter Millsap, Zane Copeland, Jr.Walter "Little Walt" Millsap III for Conjunction Productions Inc., and R.L. for Uh Oh Productions, Inc. 3:35
13. "If I Knew" (Medeiros)Gen Rubin, Giuliano FrancoGen Rubin and Giuliano Franco 4:27
Sample credits

The song "Life Is Good" did not appear in the film.


  1. 1 2 3 "Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)". Box Office Mojo. 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  2. "Dr. Dolittle 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  3. Dr. Dolittle 2 at AllMusic
  4. (2001) Album notes for Dr. Dolittle 2: Original Soundtrack. J Records LLC.

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