The makers of the movie "Dolittle" have their eyes set on another franchise, "Beethoven." They have purchased the rights to the animated movie, "Beethoven: A Moveable Feast" and are in the process of working on a new series of the same name. The Disney Television Animation series will be about Beethoven's childhood in East Berlin and his journey to the United States, where he is secretly pursued by the evil forces of Felix von Scherbenthal. Disney has not yet announced whether or not they plan to do an English version of the series.
In addition to Dora and Winnie the Pooh, the movie is the first Disney television series in 20 years to feature a story in which a child is at least 13 years old. The only other family-oriented movies to do so since World War II has been "The Love Bug" (1956) and "The Fox and the Hound" (1967). This would make the movie a milestone in the history of Disney cartoons.
Dolittle follows the adventures of the cartoon character from his youth until his first meeting with the villain. While the plot is not completely predictable, it does follow a fairly predictable pattern throughout the entire series.
The musical numbers in the film are several minutes long and consist of a lot of dialogue. However, a review of the movie shows that, although not exactly a breath-taking musical presentation, it is not bad.
For the most part, the movie looks and sounds very similar to Dolittle. Dolittle himself is a very cute and cuddly looking brown teddy bear with a penchant for mischief. His teddy bear friends, the Toads, have a strong resemblance to the Yellow Submarine, the fictional submarine featured in many of the show's early episodes. The movie also has a certain amount of wacky humor sprinkled throughout.
There is not a lot of characterization in the Dolittle movie. The main character, still named Dolittle, is just a little boy who gets caught up in something that he cannot figure out. The concept of this rather one-dimensional character isn't that unique, but it is in need of a lot more attention than it received.
It seems like Walt Disney Productions has become more than familiar with the animation genre. Whether or not they will continue the Disney Family franchise beyond this is unknown. Disney has already proven themselves capable of doing just about anything, including creating entirely new franchises.
It is important to remember that all these movies are relatively low-budget and that the entertainment quality of Dolittle is at least as good as the previous "Winnie the Pooh"Dora the Explorer" movies. While it is disappointing that the Disney Family continues to use its best characters for animated television shows, it is certainly not the end of the line for the company.