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  • Robert Downey Jr.'s first non-Iron Man role since The Judge (2014).
  • When the movie rights went up for auction, several studios went to bid before Universal Pictures got the rights. Amongst them were Sony and Twentieth Century Fox, with the latter having previously produced three theatrical movies based on the Dr. Dolittle series.
  • The cast includes five Oscar winners: Rami Malek, Jim Broadbent, Dame Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, and Marion Cotillard; and four Oscar nominees: Robert Downey, Jr., Antonio Banderas, Ralph Fiennes, and Kumail Nanjiani.
  • Principal production commenced in late February 2018.
  • Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Holland appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
  • Originally, Randy Newman was the first choice to score this movie, seeing how his uncle Lionel Newman had involvement with Doctor Dolittle (1967).
  • Octavia Spencer's second of 3 voice acting performances, the others being Zootopia (2016) and Onward. Tom Holland is one of the stars of Onward.
  • John Cena's second voice acting performance in a theatrical movie after Ferdinand (2017).
  • Jim Broadbent played the title character in Percy the Park Keeper (1996), about a man who can communicate with animals.
  • Craig Robinson's fifth time voice acting in a theatrical movie after Shrek Forever After (2010), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Sausage Party (2016), and Henchmen (2018).
  • Selena Gomez's first voice acting performance in a theatrical movie outside of the Hotel Transylvania film franchise since Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
  • Robert Downey, Jr. and Jim Broadbent appeared in Richard III (1995).
  • Stephen Gaghan chose to direct this movie instead of The Division.
  • Rami Malek and Michael Sheen appeared in the Twilight film franchise.
  • This movie was originally going to be released on May 24, 2019 by Universal Pictures, but was moved to April 12, 2019 to avoid competition with Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019). It was later pushed back again to January 17, 2020. This concerned many because January is when studios have historically released movies they feel will fail. The report that this movie went through almost a month of re-shoots and re-writes supported this concern.
  • Dame Emma Thompson's second voice acting performance in a live-action movie after Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well as her second time voice acting in a theatrical movie that's not from Disney, after Missing Link (2019).
  • Tom Holland's second time voice acting in a theatrical movie after Spies in Disguise (2019).
  • In April 2019, Jonathan Liebesman and Chris McKay carried out extensive and costly re-shoots for Universal Pictures.
  • Universal Pictures' fourth live-action/CGI hybrid movie after Casper (1995), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), and Hop (2011).
  • The first Doctor Dolittle movie distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • In Doctor Dolittle (1967), Chee-Chee was Judy the Chimpanzee.
  • Robert Downey, Jr.'s Director on Chaplin (1992) was Sir Richard Attenborough, who appeared in Doctor Dolittle (1967).
  • Principal production commenced mid February in 2018. Live-action scenes began filming in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria in May 2018, with further location filming at South Forest, Windsor Great Park and on the Menai Suspension Bridge in North West Wales, in June 2018.
  • In April 2019, it was reported this movie had undergone twenty-one days of reshoots following poor test screenings. Director Jonathan Liebesman helped to oversee the filming alongside Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan while Chris McKay helped write new material, after it became clear from first cuts that the comedy and computer-generated elements of this movie were not coming together as well as the producers had hoped.
  • Originally titled "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle", it was shortened to just "Dolittle" In August 2019.
  • Robert Downey, Jr.'s birthday is April 4, one day after Eddie Murphy's, whose is April 3, who played the character in Doctor Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001).
  • Dame Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, and Ralph Ineson appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
  • This is the first Doctor Dolittle movie that wasn't produced by Twentieth Century Fox.
  • Dr. John Dolittle flips a hat onto his head the same way that Robert Downey, Jr. does as the title character in Sherlock Holmes (2009).
  • Carmen Ejogo filmed her scenes where she voiced Regine, a lioness who has a relationship with Barry the tiger. But her scenes were cut out of the final movie once re-shoots began.
  • Nicolas Cage turned down playing the role of King Rassouli.
  • The name of Rassouli, the King of Pirates is a likely reference to Mulai Ahmed er Raisuni. Known as Raisuli to most English speakers, he was a leader of the Jebala tribal confederacy in Morocco at the turn of the twentieth century. While regarded by foreigners and the Moroccan government as a brigand, some Moroccans, especially amongst the Jebala, considered him a heroic figure, fighting a repressive, corrupt government, while others considered him a thief. He was considered by many as "The last of the Barbary Pirates" though Barbary Coast piracy had ended by the middle of the nineteenth century. A fictionalized version of him was played by Sir Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion (1975).
  • Jason Mantzoukas's third time voice acting in a theatrical movie after The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).
  • Universal Pictures drafted in Seth Rogen as a consultant during pre-production when the studio executives realized that re-shoots would be necessary.
  • Robert Downey, Jr. based his character on Dr. William Price, an eccentric Welshman. Dr. Price is now a revered historical figure in Wales - there's even a statue of him in his hometown of Llantrisant.
  • In an effort to differentiate from his earlier British characters, Robert Downey, Jr. decided to use what he described as s "passable" Welsh accent for his version of Dr. Dolittle.
  • Will Arnett provided the uncredited voice of the Jack Rabbit in Rassouli's prison.
  • Robert Downey, Jr. puts on Dolittle's hat in the same style that he used to put on the bowler hat in Chaplin (1992).
  • In this movie, Michael Sheen plays a fictional character named Blair who conspires against a fictional version of the Queen of England. In The Queen (2006), he played Tony Blair, a real character who helped the real Queen of England.
  • The first Stephen Gaghan film since Abandon (2002) not to be lensed by Robert Elswit.
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