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DOLITTLE (Starring Robert Downey Jr.)

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DOWNEY IS DOCTOR “DOLITTLE” IN EPIC ADVENTURE’S FIRST TRAILER


 

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals in Universal Pictures’ new epic adventure Dolittle.

Check out the film’s teaser trailer below and watch Dolittle in Philippine cinemas January 29.


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 (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (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 (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 Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Use the hashtag #DolittleMovie. 

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  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    NEW “DOLITTLE” CLIP SHOWS HOW ANIMALS `AUDITIONED’ FOR ROLES

     

    Watch Robert Downey Jr audition the most talented animals in the business for Dolittle. Featuring John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Kumail Nanjiani and Octavia Spencer.


    Check out the “Dolittle New Trailer - Audition Piece” below and watch Dolittle in Philippine cinemas January 29.



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    GET TO KNOW THE TALKING CREATURES IN THE EPIC ADVENTURE “DOLITTLE”

     

    Universal Pictures presents the new epic adventure Dolittle, the vivid re-imagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals.  When the young Queen Victoria falls gravely ill, the hermetic Dr. Dolittle (Robert Downey,Jr.) 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 raucous coterie of animal friends.  Meet them below!




    Regal, vain, and ferocious when called for, Poly (Emma Thompson) is Dolittle’s oldest friend, as well as his conscience. Dolittle listens to Poly most closely, even when—as is often the case—she is saying something he doesn’t want to hear. Poly speaks human better than any other parrot, and the gruff matriarch keeps a steady eye on all the family.



    Long-haird lurcher Jip (Tom Holland) is purebred royalty, whose sense of smell is overdeveloped because of his poor eyesight— so much so that he can almost see without his thick glasses. Almost. The trusty canine is tasked to keep watch over Queen Victoria while Dolittle seeks out a cure for what most ails her. Brave, protective and wildly loyal to his mates, Jip is just the guard-dog for the job.



    Duck Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer) is motherly and ditzy, in that she’s a bossy duck who is still—quite simply—a duck. A kind American Pekin, she’s warm and loving, while not always the most-talented nurse. The one duck on Earth with a wooden foot, Dab-Dab is as forgetful as she is intensely faithful to her family.



    Painfully unaware he can’t fly or swim, Plimpton (Kumain Nanjiani) is a large ostrich who takes issue with serving as Dolittle’s trusty steed—especially once he thinks his rider has gained a bit of weight. You’re more likely than not to find the nervous Plimpton with his head shoved in a planter.



    A young man in ape years, the painfully shy Chee-Chee (Rami Malek)—whom Dolittle is teaching confidence—loves games, words, riddles and factoids. Despite being nervous and inseparable from his blanket, the hyperventilating mountain gorilla is playful, clever and very strong.




    Considering he’s a polar bear, Yoshi (John Cena) hates the cold. The gentle giant likes nothing better than finding a bit of sun or spot by the fire to help his poor circulation, and he’s that friend you know you can count on.



    One of the most selfless of all Dolittle’s crew, Betsy (Selena Gomez) often volunteers for tasks and responsibilities. She may seem like a kind, chatty giraffe, but she’s also wildly brave.

    The Leader of the Fox Resistance, Tutu (Marion Cotillard) is the embodiment of courage. With ancestors that are the uncatchable desert foxes, Tutu is extraordinarily proud and always pragmatic. When she, Betsy and Poly put their heads together, there is nothing they can’t accomplish.




    An 800-lb Bengal Tiger with complex mommy issues, the brilliant, migraine-suffering Barry (Ralph Fiennes) was a patient during Dolittle’s first stay at Monteverde. Killer of approximately 872, he is the wryest, drollest and most ironic of all apex predators.

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

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    Can't wait for this ;)
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    OSCAR-WINNER STEPHEN GAGHAN WEAVES THE NEW TALE OF “DOLITTLE”

     

    For almost 100 years, the whimsical tales of Hugh Lofting’s “Doctor Dolittle” have enchanted readers young and old. The hero’s astonishing ability to master the complex tongues of animals great and small has sparked imaginations of audiences in multiple mediums, including literature, radio, stage, television and film.

    Now, Academy Award® winner Stephen Gaghan brings to the big screen a new re-imagining of the classic tale with Universal Pictures’ epic adventure Dolittle starring Robert Downey,Jr.

    For Gaghan, the 1967 Doctor Dolittle film had been formative. “I’d seen the Rex Harrison version at a critical age,” Gaghan says. “I was three or four years old at the time and was just captivated. I think it went in some dark corner of my brain and just nested; it was waiting for 50 years to come out.”

    In the simplest sense, Gaghan wanted to create a movie that would be both the first film that his five-year-old would experience in a movie theater, and also one sophisticated enough for his teenaged children. “I wanted my kids to be captivated by it and have that sense of awe and wonder,” Gaghan says. “I can’t separate the family from the process. All the love I feel for my family life, in the gentlest way, is poured into my work on this movie. You have to imagine a world that can hold these multiple elements.”

    At the center of the story is a boy named Stubbins, who steps into Dolittle’s world.  “I think the notion of a young boy who feels like he’s out of place in his space really resonated with Steve,” producer Jeff Kirschenbaum says. “That’s the character journey of Stubbins, a young man living in this world of hunting. He lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin, who are hunters. Stubbins doesn’t want to kill creatures; he wants to save them. When he finds Doctor Dolittle, who has lost his wife and is mourning, two kindred spirits go on this journey of healing. Only through communicating and listening are they able to do that. By shaping the screenplay that way, Steve was able to elevate it.”

    For Gaghan, the film, and the character of Dolittle, connected in a quietly profound way to our loud, combative, polarized modern world. “If you look at it from a superhero paradigm, Dolittle is a superhero whose super power is listening,” Gaghan says. “The reason that he can communicate with all these creatures is that he has this core of deep empathy. When the order of the modern day is demonization, Dolittle, at its core, is about the value of being heard. Every creature has something to say. There are points of view in nature that deserve our ear. You reel that back, and it plays out in the human community. Dolittle is about looking for the similarities versus the differences. Whenever any of us do that during our day, it makes us better.”

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/ ; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/. Connect with the hashtag #DolittleMovie.   

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    ROBERT DOWNEY JR. TALKS TO THE ANIMALS AS DOCTOR “DOLITTLE”

     

    When global superstar Robert Downey Jr. decided that his first post-Marvel Universe project would be Universal Pictures’ new epic adventure Dolittle and tackle the beloved veterinarian’s journey—a hero for a new generation of cinematic adventure seekers was born.

    “This is the most magical film we’ve ever done, and that’s saying something,” Robert Downey says. “It’s always a miracle to me when things that have so many moving parts come together and equal something entertaining. As people are seeing it, they’re saying they’re moved by it and they’re entertained. My long-suffering missus said it does have that appeal from four to 94. So, it’s a mission accomplished with Team Downey.

    “My dad will like the subversive humor,” Downey continues. “For this generation of kids, sometimes things are rendered to the point of being shockingly photorealistic, or they’re almost two-dimensional in how animated they are. This reminds me more of the kind of movies we had when we were growing up—like Fantasia and Mary Poppins—where there was a mix of both. I feel like Dolittle nails the visual flavor.”

    In the film, Dr. John Dolittle is a particular and peculiar genius who most people think is insane and  a brilliant curmudgeon—one who has mastered almost all animal languages.

    After losing his wife seven years earlier, the 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 (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (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 (Oscar-winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

    The film’s director appreciates Downey’s mercurial intellect. “At any moment, he could make you laugh, but he’s a little bit dangerous,” Stephen Gaghan says, “and that’s the Dolittle that we find. Dolittle is smarter than everyone else. He’s shut the world away and lives with a family of animals because he doesn’t want to deal with humans. The animals sort of do what he wants but operate in conspiracies around him. Robert plays off that. He has a physical-comedy gene and can do any pratfall as well as the most technical acting. When we meet him in the film, Dolittle has moved from mourning to self-pity, the animals are tired of it, and all this is the stew from which Robert built his character.”

    The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Picture

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    SELENA GOMEZ LENDS HER VOICE TO BETSY, THE GIRAFFE IN “DOLITTLE”




    Famous for providing the voice of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, in the Hotel Transylvania films, Selena Gomez now literally speaks for Betsy, the talking giraffe in Universal Pictures’ new epic adventure Dolittle, a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals.


    Betsy is one of the most selfless of all Doctor Dolittle’s crew as she often volunteers for tasks and responsibilities. She may seem like a kind, chatty giraffe, but she’s also wildly brave and swoops in to save the day. She’s also an outlaw escape artist—she and fox Tutu are wanted in three forests—and Dolittle’s private compound has provided the perfect refuge and hideout for them. Still, Betsy has no issue jumping into the fray to take matters into her own hooves.

    When the production team was thinking of who to cast, director Stephen Gaghan’s daughter insisted it had to be Selena Gomez. “My daughter told me, ‘You have to cast her because she’s an amazing human,” Gaghan says. “Selena’s an amazing person.’ My daughter was right. Selena is genuinely a wonderful human.”

    Her unorthodox casting is not lost on Gomez who says, “If they would have called me any time in the world, I would have said yes, but luckily the director’s daughter (Betsy Gaghan) was a huge fan of mine and I’m actually named after her, the character. So, it’s really sweet.”

    In the film, Dr. John Dolittle (Downey) is a particular and peculiar genius who most people think is insane and  a brilliant curmudgeon—one who has mastered almost all animal languages.

    After losing his wife seven years earlier, the 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 (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (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 (Oscar-winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

    The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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    TOM HOLLAND DELIGHTS AS THE VOICE OF JIP, THE DOG IN “DOLITTLE” 



    Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far from Home) reunites with Robert Downey,Jr. as the voice of Jip, the long-haired lurcher in Universal Pictures’ new epic adventure Dolittle, a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals.


    Jip is purebred royalty, whose sense of smell is overdeveloped because of his poor eyesight—so much so that he can almost see without his thick glasses. Almost. Alongside walking stick Styx, Dolittle’s trusty canine is tasked by his professor to keep watch over Queen Victoria while Dolittle seeks out a cure for what most ails her. Brave, protective and wildly loyal to his mates, Jip is just the guard dog for the job.

    “Tom Holland is in Dolittle because of Robert,” director Stephen Gaghan says. “Tom did the movie because he loves Robert. They’re very close.” Having Holland as Jip in the adventure proved to be a professional coup for the director and canine lover. “Every movie I’ve ever written,” Gaghan says, “the main character has had a dog. Until now, we had to cut the dog because it was too expensive.”

    For visual effects supervisor John Dykstra, one of his favorite characters also happened to be Holland’s favorite. “I like Jip the dog because…well, I like dogs,” Dykstra says. “Dogs are tough to do well as virtual characters because people are so familiar with these animals. We know how they move and what their expressions mean, so you really have to do a detailed and accurate version of the character and their animation—to fool the audience into believing a real dog can talk like Tom Holland.”

    In the film, Dr. John Dolittle (Downey) is a particular and peculiar genius who most people think is insane and  a brilliant curmudgeon—one who has mastered almost all animal languages.

    After losing his wife seven years earlier, the 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 (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (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 (Oscar-winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

    The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. 


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    JOHN CENA SPEAKS FOR THE WARM-LOVING POLAR BEAR YOSHI IN “DOLITTLE”

     



    John Cena breathes life to the chilly-but-chill polar bear Yoshi in Universal Pictures’ new epic adventure Dolittle, a vivid re-imagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals.

    Although he’s a polar bear, Yoshi hates the cold. The gentle giant likes nothing better than finding a bit of sun or spot by the fire to help his poor circulation, and he’s that friend you know you can count on. Craving warmth, Yoshi is the first to sign up for Dr. Dolittle’s tropical trip to both Monteverde and the mythical Eden Tree Island. When not arguing with the ostrich Plimpton, Yoshi is the first to take the plunge and help Dolittle and whale Humphrey on a rollicking underwater mission.

    “I’ve always had such a great time immersing myself in voicing characters, and I love the fact that Yoshi is so conflicted,” John Cena says. “He’s a massive polar bear who despises being cold and seeks comfort further south. He’s such a gentle giant—who lumbers along sheepishly with his giant ski cap—yet will rise to the call when it is time. Yoshi’s so reflective of the heart, humor and sensibility that Robert Downey and director Stephen Gaghan bring to Dolittle. When deciding how to give him life, I followed their lead…taking the expected and completely flipping it on its head.”

    The filmmakers describe Yoshi as a larger-than-life cheerleader who is relentlessly optimistic. They felt that Cena provided the perfect personality. “Yoshi is so positive, but you realize that there’s real heart in there and a reason that he’s like this,” producer Susan Downey says. “You get a glimpse of his backstory, and we needed somebody who could deliver on both fronts. John was perfectly cast.”

    Adds Robert Downey, “John has got my attention and my respect, because I’ve never voiced anything in animation. The couple times I’ve tried I’ve either quit or have been fired because it’s a very specific skill set. He just nails it, and he really got into the kind, soft heart of Yoshi.”

    In Philippine cinemas January 29, Dolittle is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

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