Originally created 07/10/01

'Dolittle 2' simple but fun family entertainment



Returning to the role of a man blessed with the ability to talk to animals, Eddie Murphy plays Dr. Dolittle in Dr. Dolittle 2.

The sequel begins by showing us how the doctor has become famous worldwide for being able to communicate with animals. But after a jaunt to France, he is met with several problems.

First, his 16-year-old daughter, Charisse (Raven-Symone), has a new boyfriend, Eric (Lil' Zane). Then an animal mob informs him that a large company plans to demolish their forest. It's up to Dr. Dolittle to find a way to save the forest.

Dr. Dolittle finds Ava (voiced by Lisa Kudrow), a lone endangered Pacific Western bear, living in the woods. Because Pacific Western Bears are an endangered species, two mated bears will protect the forest.

Dr. Dolittle goes in search of a mate for Ava and finds Archie, a circus bear (voiced by Steve Zahn).

A court gives Dr. Dolittle one month to teach Archie to live in the wilderness and to introduce him to Ava. While this is going on, animals around the country organize a union and go on strike. Chickens stop laying eggs, cows stop giving milk and birds - well, you can go to the movie and see that one for yourself.

This movie has some very amusing parts. Most of the humor is directed at children, but there are gags that adults will probably enjoy. This is definitely a family movie and a good one, at that. As for teens, if you really enjoyed the first Dr. Dolittle, you'll probably like this one.

'Dr. Dolittle 2'

MPAA RATING: PG-13 for language and crude humor

THE BASICS: Starring Eddie Murphy, Raven-Symone, Lil' Zane, Lisa Kudrow and Steve Zahn; directed by Steve Carr

THE VERDICT: B

Teen Board member Jerod Gay is a rising sophomore at Evans High School.