The President’s Pup

Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief is probably the least cliché of the Dr. Dolittle movies, but that doesn’t make it any less middle of the road. I didn’t even watch the direct-to-video fourth installment, because it sounded a bit too ridiculous. Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief is far from the Eddie Murphy movies, but John Dolittle’s presence is still felt. He’s pretty much turned into his book counterpart off screen.

Maya Dolittle is living in her father’s shadow, trying to get into college on her own merit. When that doesn’t work out, the President requests Dolittle’s help at the White House. Every problem (including one causing an international incident) hinges on the President’s dog learning some manners. I can’t say that that’s been done before, but part of it still borrows from the other movies. There’s a save the rainforest plot similar to Dr. Dolittle 2 and the President takes everyone to a ranch similar to Dr. Dolittle 3.

With a title like Tail to the Chief, I was expecting to start hating the sequels, but Kyla Pratt is just too likable. It’s a bit more disconnected though. Since the actress who plays Maya’s mother doesn’t even return. Now it’s just Pratt and Norm Macdonald as Lucky. Lucky and the monkey keep Maya company and Lucky sorta has a crush on the Jennifer Coolidge voiced Daisy. Among many subplots that tie in the President’s rebellious daughter, Maya’s presidential aid love interest, and animal B material. Tail to the Chief delivers what it promises.

5. Dr Dolittle Tail to the Chief

Maya Dolittle works with Daisy

Preceded by: Dr. Dolittle 3 & Followed by: Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts

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