Oct
13
2019

So. The DOLITTLE trailer.

Kind of two minds on this one.

On the one hand, DOLITTLE is clearly a project that Robert Downey is doing because he desperately needs to stop being Tony Stark. Bob has been Tony Stark for over a decade, now. Bob has had Tony Stark expand into every nook and cranny in his professional life, and he must wake up at night screaming at a nightmare where Disney activates a little-known codicil in one of the contracts that he signed and now he’ll be stuck trading quips with Ryan Reynolds in DEADPOOL $. So he may have overcompensated just a tad.

On the other hand, DOLITTLE features a bear wearing a hat.

Moe Lane

PS: Come on! It’s an awesome hat! A bear walks down the street wearing a hat like that, you know he’s not afraid of anything.

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13 Comments

  • JustDave says:

    Have you seen [10 Ways Trailers Let You Know A Movie Is Secretly Awful](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRwOH-bucgU)? (skip ahead to the 1:00 mark if you’re not interested in the introductory blither-blather)

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    I count at least two red flags (“From the producers of”, and “establishing shots overload”). My first impression of the trailer is they spent a lot of money on CGI, and not so much money on a story.

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    Kids will probably like it anyway.

    • jetty says:

      My 8 year old daughter (who has never heard of Dr. Doolittle) was playing with her friends last week. When they were deciding on their super powers, my daughter said: “I want to be able to talk to animals.” So, yeah, I hope this is a kid-friendly movie.

  • Free Range Oyster says:

    If he needs a lucrative shot of Not-Marvel, I would love to see him take another turn on Baker Street. The first two were fun.

  • Aetius451AD says:

    May just be tired, but was I the only one who saw the title and thought: ‘Oh a Doolittle’s Raid… oh, it’s the other one. *sigh*’?

    • Luke says:

      Brought to you by the Producers of Pearl Harbor.
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      Hard Pass.
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      I have no confidence in Hollywood telling this story.
      (Although the Chinese foreign audience would LOVE watching the firestorm in Tokyo.)

      • junior says:

        It would need to be done by a smaller studio. And with CGI these days, even a smaller studio could probably afford it.

        I do have to admit that the first thought that popped into my head when I saw the still for the trailer was, “That doesn’t look like something that a B-25 crewman would wear…”

  • Aetius451AD says:

    May just be tired, but was I the only one who saw the title and thought: ‘Oh a Doolittle’s Raid… oh, it’s the other one. *sigh*’?

  • Luke says:

    The source material is a beloved children’s book, heavy on the visuals and dialogue.
    If they’re going to play it relatively straight, there’s very little writing that needs to be done.
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    And that, of course, is the question.
    At first glance, it appears they’re actually approaching it earnestly. The setting and time seem to be there, at least.
    Certainly better than that Eddie Murphy travesty, though.
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    There are an awful lot of big names providing voices. That’s a hopeful sign. I think.
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    Maybe we’ve reached the end of the Ironic Age. (He says, hopefully.)

  • Rockphed says:

    I have only read the first Dr Doolittle book (though I understand there are more), but I don’t remember any cannon fights.
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    On the other hand, “Hello Lunch”, is a perfectly tigrish thing to say.

    • Luke says:

      I’ve lost most of the details of the stories to the mists of time, so I can’t say with any certainty that a sea battle ever occurred.
      But it feels “right”.
      It’s earnest. There is deadly peril, it’s acknowledged, faced, and isn’t undercut by bathos.
      In this day and age, the lack of an ironic wink at the audience gives reason for hope.

    • junior says:

      I have a vague recollection of pirates turning up when he heads off on his expedition to find the Pushmepullyou. But I can barely remember, so I might be adding something in that wasn’t actually there.

      And I’m pretty confident that no historical pirates ever had pre-dreadnought battleships or armored cruisers.

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