New Movies: Dr. Dolittle

Whenever a children's classic has been blessed with great illustrations, a film version of the story almost always seems like a betrayal of trust. No movie could ever match the sweep and detail of N. C. Wyeth's paintings for Treasure Island, and Tenniel's droll grotesques for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland remain as much a part of the book's charm as Alice herself.

Dr. Dolittle presented its film adapters with the same kind of problem: Hugh Lofting's drawings for his own books conveyed an inimitably whimsical presence of animals and the funny little man...

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