Doctor Dolittle is an animated series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in association with 20th Century-Fox Television. It was created for television by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng in association with Paul Harrison and Lennie Weinrib. The series was broadcast on the NBC network.
The series is loosely based on the books by Hugh Lofting, as well as the 1967 film of the same name which center around Doctor Dolittle (voiced by Bob Holt), an animal doctor who has the ability to talk to animals. Doctor Dolittle travels around the world by ship to help out any sick animal in need. He is aided in his missions by his first mate, young sailor Tommy Stubbins (voiced by Hal Smith), who can also talk to animals. Tommy who was apparently taught how to talk to animals by Dolittle share the ship with its animal crew, which includes
Chee-Chee – The cabin monkey.
Dab-Dab – A duck who is also the ship’s cook.
Polynesa Parrot –
The Pushmi-Pullyu (voiced by Don Messick) – A llama which has two heads (one of each) at opposite ends of its body. It serves as the ship’s lookout.
Too-Too – The wise owl.
Jip (voiced by Don Messick) – The Hound Dog.
The series’ other notable characters are George and the Grasshoppers (a rock group of grasshoppers that lives inside Dolittle’s medicine case). At one point during each episode of the series, the group would launch into a rock or pop song, popping the sides of the medicine case open and using it like a stage, with Dolittle’s bottles of pills and medicines glowing and flashing into different psychedelic colors behind the group as they sang.
Wherever the Dolittle’s ship was, Pirate Island is never far behind. A disguised submarine, Pirate Island is actually the stronghold of Sam Scurvy (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) and his pirate crew:
Cyclops – A hulking dimwit with an eye patch
Zig-Zag – An uptight Frenchman
Nico – An Italian
Miko – A Chinese pirate
The pirates dress in an unusual mixture of old-fashioned pirate and gangster gear. Sam Scurvy wears a fedora and a business suit and speaks with a Brooklyn accent. The pirate crew were also a branch of the Democratic Order of Pirates, International, or “DOPI” for short. Sam Scurvy has one goal in life: world domination. He believes that if he can get the secret to talking to animals from Dolittle, he will be able to raise an army of “creepy creatures” to help him take over the world. By using his eavesdropping device the Sneaky Snorkel, Scurvy gets wind of Dolittle’s latest missions and then plots to hinder, disrupt, or even kidnap the Doctor – in order to force him to reveal how he is capable of talking to animals. However, due to Dolittle’s skills – as well as the pirates’ ineptitude – they never succeed.
1.When You Wear a Happy Smile
2.Everything’s Gonna Be Fine
4.You’ve Got an Allergy
5.It’s the Happenin’ Thing
7.When the Sky Is Clear, When the Water’s Clean
8.On a Train Goin’ West
9.Good Friends Come in All Sizes
10.You Can Do It
11.You Can Really Fly
12.A Friend in Need