DOLITTLE Family Movie Night (and how to talk to animals!)

Do you talk to your animals? I do! Though, unlike Dr. Dolittle, I don’t always understand what they are saying back.

The tale of Dr. Dolittle always fascinated me when I was young, so no surprise, I really looked forward to the new film DOLITTLE. And, okay, part of the attraction was also Robert Downey Jr., one of my favorite actors. The film did not disappoint!

DOLITTLE is truly charming family film. I felt like this is the fairy tale fashion this story should have always been celebrated. Not a complex plot but a fun adventure with some very lovable characters.

My teen sons agree (we saw it the theater together.) Just shared the experience, again, with my hubby at home he got a kick out the comedic moments peppered throughout the film. We both enjoyed Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Dr. Dolittle and felt he really embodies the character.

DOLITTLE is available now on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 7, 2020. If you’re looking for a fun family movie night film, this is it!

Gather your family and pets for a show and use the activities below to enhance your enjoyment of the film.

DOLITTLE Family Movie Night (and how to talk to animals!)

DOLITTLE Activity Sheets

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DOLITTLE Family Movie Night (and how to talk to animals!)

How To Talk To Animals

Use this fun guide to help you better understand our furry friends!

For extra fun, have your kids make up languages to use when talking to your family pet.

Or take turns coming up with gestures to use when talking to apes. You can make sort of a charades game of it by writing down common expressions and items on paper, then having each person draw one and act it out while the rest of the family guesses what they are communicating.

DOLITTLE Family Movie Night (and how to talk to animals!)



He’s not just a people person! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reignites a classic character, as Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame, Sherlock Holmes) stars in DOLITTLE, arriving on Digital March 24, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 7, 2020. Own the movie all the animals are talking about and go an epic journey with a hilarious always cold bear, an anxious gorilla, a lovable giraffe, a ferocious tiger, and more! Fly behind-the-scenes with Robert Downey Jr. and the star-studded cast to explore the wild world of DOLITTLE.

The adventurous tale is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes the voice talents of Academy® Award winner Emma Thompson (Last Christmas, Late Night), Academy® Award winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody, “Mr. Robot”), Selena Gomez (“Wizards of Waverly Place”), John Cena (“WWE”), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and more. The film is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) and produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.

DOLITTLE Bonus Content

Catch incredible bonus content that you can only see on the 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital release showcasing the making of the film and insight to all the cast.


  • TALK TO THE ANIMALS – Dolittle is surrounded by a motley cast of characters. Take a peek at all the fun the cast had giving each of the animals their unique voice.
  • ROBERT DOWNEY JR. & HARRY: MENTOR AND MENTEE – Acting opposite a legendary actor like Robert Downey Jr. can be an intimidating experience, but Harry Collett handled it like a pro. See the unique bond the two actors formed on-set, and how Downey took the film’s young co-star under his wing.
  • BECOMING THE GOOD DOCTOR – See the process of how this team of talented artists brought this film to life, and how Robert Downey Jr. transformed into the iconic Dolittle.
  • ANTONIO BANDERAS: PIRATE KING – Antonio Banderas discusses what attracted him to the project, his experiences working with Robert Downey Jr., and what he brought to the role of King Rassouli.
  • THE WICKED DR. MÜDFLY – Who is the nefarious villain Dr. Blair Müdfly? Michael Sheen dives into his character’s motivations for being Dolittle’s foil.
  • A MOST UNUSUAL HOUSE – It takes a special home to accommodate humans and animals alike. Explore the unique rooms and modifications that allow Dolittle to house anyone or anything – big or small.


Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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