**/**** Image B+ Sound B+ Extras B-
starring Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Jeffrey Jones, Kevin Pollak
screenplay by Larry Levin
directed by Steve Carr
by Bill Chambers There comes a day when you can no longer revile a bad movie with any urgency, because another one's going to come along regardless, sure as the sun sets. So it goes with Dr. Dolittle 2, a sequel to a movie I've never seen that is in and of itself a "reimagining" of another movie I've never seen, which in and of itself was based on a series of Hugh Lofting stories I've never read. And not a second of Dr. Dolittle 2 inspired me to retrace its steps (this is the story of Dolittle, not "do lots"), but to call Dr. Dolittle 2 uninspired because it does not inspire would be to tell a half-truth. Certainly the special effects, designed by the wizards at Rhythm and Hues, reach a new plateau of believability for talking-animal CGI, and, computer-animation aside, the 2001 film has a distinctive, endearing Eighties flavour that's unique to this era. I mean, it's about evil land developers!