List of Doctor Dolittle characters
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Doctor John Dolittle 
Doctor John Dolittle, M.D. is a doctor who became a doctor for animals when his parrot, Polynesia taught him to speak the language of animals. He lived in the fictional town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh (commonly referred to as Puddleby) with his many animals. He has very few human friends and spends most of his time treating animals, travelling the world with his animals and conducting research into new animals and new forms of animal languages.
He is portrayed by Sir Rex Harrison in the 1967 film Doctor Dolittle, and later by Eddie Murphy in the first two entries of the remake series of the film which were released in 1998 and 2001 respectively. The Murphy films however bear little resemblance to Lofting's character or plots.
Tommy Stubbins 
Tommy Stubbins is a boy from Puddleby who, after taking an injured squirrel to Doctor Dolittle, becomes the doctor's friend and assistant. He first appears in The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and acts as the narrator in all the books that take place after his arrival.
Matthew Mugg 
Matthew Mugg is the Cat's-meat-man from Puddleby. He is a friend of Doctor Dolittle and helps to take care of the doctor's house and garden when the doctor is away travelling.
He was played by Anthony Newley in the 1967 film, though he had little bearing on the plot. His only function seemed to be as someone for the doctor to interact with.
Prince Bumpo 
Prince Bumpo is an African prince from the kingdom of Jolliginki, who has been sent to study at Oxford University by his father, and become a friend of the Doctor's. Bumpo is recognisable by his green umbrella and bare feet - not used to wearing shoes, he usually discards them. Bumpo has been the subject of heavy Bowdlerisation in recent years. He was originally supposed to appear in the 1967 film, but casting problems eventually led to his being written out.
Polynesia is Doctor Dolittle's parrot, a Blue-and-yellow Macaw. She is able to speak English and first taught Doctor Dolittle the language of animals. She always says she can never remember how old she is, but she remembers that when she came to England, she saw Charles II hiding in an oak tree from the Roundheads: "he looked very frightened".
Too-Too is the doctor's owl. He acts as the Doctor's accountant, and can tell the Doctor immediately how much money he has in the money box.
The Pushmi-pullyu 
The pushmi-pullyu (pronounced "push-me—pull-you") is a "gazelle-unicorn cross" which has two heads (one of each) at opposite ends of its body. When it tries to move, both heads try to go in opposite directions. Dr. Dolittle meets it on his voyage to Africa to save monkeys (See: The Story of Doctor Dolittle). In the 1967 film, the pushmi-pullyu was instead portrayed as a double-headed llama. The Eddie Murphy film has a brief scene where it is walking in the background while Dr. Dolittle talks to the tiger in the cage. This is in keeping with the fact that Murphy's movie version was only loosely based on the books.
- The Story of Doctor Dolittle
- The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
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