Computer Graphics World

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18 cgw e d i t i o n i , 2 0 2 0 If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah What a neat achievement that would be. That is the beginning stanza to the song "Talk to the Animals" from the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle, sung by the title character Rex Harrison. Now, more than five decades later, Robert Downey Jr. is doing just that, talking to the animals, and this time, it really does seems as if the animals are talking too, thanks to the advancements in computer graphics technology. In Universal Pictures' Dolittle, Downey assumes the role of England's famous but eccentric vet who can converse with all types of creatures, big and small. Aer his beloved wife, Lily, dies, the doctor becomes a recluse at his manor house, in Victorian England, with only his patients (former and present) to keep him company. When the young Queen Victoria falls mysteriously ill, he is summoned to help. A rare fruit from a far- away land may provide a cure, so the doctor sets sail with his animal friends and a young Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! DOLITTLE CHARMS AUDIENCES WITH A REALISTIC TALKING ANIMAL CAST BY KAREN MOLTENBREY In Dolittle, CGI makes us believe that these animals really can talk.

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