Dr. Dolittle 2 is the only theatrical sequel to an expected franchise of Dr. Dolittle films. As well as the only sequel to still feature Eddie Murphy. Albeit a restrained Murphy, since the rating went from PG-13 to a more kid friendly PG. I didn’t see Dr. Dolittle 2 in theaters, but I distinctly remember when it came out. I later viewed it about the same as how I viewed Dr. Dolittle.
Dr. Dolittle 2 centers on John Dolittle as a celebrity that the whole world knows talks to animals. He gladly welcomes animals into his doctor’s office and most of them expect him to solve their problems. His wife begins to feel neglected and his oldest daughter Charisse is dealing with teenage problems. Like dating boys and realizing she can talk to animals too. Raven-Symoné’s increased role was expected, but Kyla Pratt doesn’t have much to do as Maya. Outside of caring for a wisecracking chameleon. On the animal side, Norm Macdonald is back as dog Lucky and so is the drunk monkey, but not Chris Rock’s guinea pig for unexplained reasons.
Lucky has his own subplot about falling for a wolf (with a voice cameo from Arnold Schwarzenegger for some reason). The main conflict is your standard environmental save the forest plot. Bridging the gap between human loggers and a funny mafia-like beaver. Dolittle attempts to breed endangered pacific western bears in order to protect the land. Steve Zahn steals the show as the goofy circus bear Archie. Of course credit does go to friendly bear actor Tank as well. The jokes are still mostly fart reliant, but Dr. Dolittle 2 is just as entertaining as the first film.