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  • Robert Downey Jr.'s first non-Iron Man role since The Judge (2014).
  • When the film rights went up for auction, several studios went to bid before Universal Studios got the rights. Among them were Sony and 20th Century Fox, with the latter having previously produced three films based on the Dr. Dolittle series.
  • Jim Broadbent and Harry Collett have worked together before. They lent their voices to the 2016 animation Ethel & Ernest (2016). Collett played young Raymond and Broadbent his father Ernest.
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland are both members of the Marvel Avengers team. Robert Downey Jr. being "Iron Man" and Tom Holland is "Spider-Man".
  • Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour and Carmen Ejogo have starred in the Wizarding World franchise (Harry Potter and Fantasic Beasts,) as Sybill Trelawney, Tom Riddle/Voldemort, Horace Slughorn, Olympe Maxime and Serphina Picquery, respectively.
  • The film's cast includes six Oscar winners: Rami Malek, Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard, and Adele; and three Oscar nominees: Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Fiennes, and Kumail Nanjiani.
  • Principal production commenced in late February 2018.
  • This will be Robert Downey Jr.'s fifth film with Tom Holland. The other five being 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 the film, seeing how his uncle Lionel Newman had involvement with the original Doctor Dolittle (1967) film.
  • Octavia Spencer's 2nd voice acting performance in a film, after Zootopia (2016).
  • John Cena's 2nd voice acting performance in a theatrical film, after Ferdinand (2017).
  • One of Emma Thompson's 2 theatrical films of 2019 doing voice over work. Her other being Missing Link (2019).
  • Jim Broadbent previously played the titular character in the Hit Entertainment series Percy the Park Keeper (1996), which is also about a man who can communicate with animals.
  • Craig Robinson's 5th time voice acting in a theatrically released animated film, after Shrek Forever After (2010), Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Sausage Party (2016) and Henchmen (2018).
  • Selena Gomez' first voice acting performance in a theatrical film outside of the Hotel Transylvania franchise.
  • Tom Holland's 2nd voice acting performance in a theatrical film, after Spies in Disguise (2019), which also released in 2019.
  • Ralph Fiennes and Jim Broadbent were both part of films from Aardman Studios. Fiennes was in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and Broadbent was in Arthur Christmas (2011).
  • This is Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Broadbent's first collaboration since Richard III (1995)
  • Both Ralph Fiennes and Carmen Ejogo have starred in the Wizarding World franchise (Harry Potter and Fantasic Beasts). Fiennes was Voldemort and Ejogo was Serphina Picquery. They also collaborated on The Avengers (1998).
  • This film releases less than a month before the fourth Avengers movie, which stars both Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland.
  • Jim Broadbent has revolved for the voice of a lion named Jack. And Carman Ejogo is the daughter of Jack. The two lions from Africa.
  • Jessie Buckley had played a holstein cow named Amanda whose dog has just evolved for Dr Dolittle. She sings a special song to the ship.
  • Kasia Smutniak played Pola a female Konik who has entertaining to a farm where adventure beyond the seas.
  • Stephen Gaghan chose to direct this movie instead of The Division.
  • This is Emma Thompson and Kumail Nanjiani's first collaboration since Men in Black: International (2019).
  • Both Rami Malik and Michael Sheen have starred in a Twilight movie.
  • This is Robert Downey Jr. and Octavia Spencer's first collaboration since The Soloist (2009).
  • The film has had 3 release date changes, the first originally being May 24th, 2019. But on April 28th, 2017, Universal announced the second release was to be moved up by 6 weeks to April 12th, 2019 in order to avoid competition with Disney & Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode IX (2019), which was originally planned for the same date. On October 1st, 2018, 6 months before the film's scheduled release, Universal stated that they would be moving the film back by 9 months, due to spring 2019 already containing several major competitors. The film's now third scheduled release date, is for January 17th, 2020. Not only does this offer Universal to capitalize better during a period of less blockbuster releases, but it also helps Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland with more of a gap between two films the actors star in together, the second being Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame (2019) which would have opened 3 weeks after on May 3rd, 2019, had Universal kept their April 12th, 2019 date.
  • Emma Thompson's 2nd Voice Acting performance in a live action film, after Beauty and the Beast (2017), as well as her 2nd time voice acting in a theatrical film that's not from Disney, after Missing Link (2018).
  • Tom Holland's 2nd time voice acting in a theatrical film, after Spies in Disguise (2019).
  • This is Kumail Nanjiani and Craig Ferguson's first collaboration since Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).
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