Animals are adorable and fun - there's no doubt about it. Like babies, they're cute and unpredictable, mostly in a good way. Unlike babies, they can weigh 2,000 pounds and step on their own genitals. It's easy to understand then why the original Doctor Dolittle, produced by 20th Century Fox in 1967, was so difficult to film. The movie, which never became a classic, brought in low box-office numbers despite a hefty budget. On top of the film generally flopping, Rex Harrison had to deal with a menagerie of poorly trained animals peeing on him. And the rest of the crew had to deal with Harrison, who had a notoriously bad attitude.
From producers to directors to the cast and even locals, almost everyone ran into a major issue during the filming of Doctor Dolittle. While it's entertaining family fodder, Doctor Dolittle will never quite be recognized as the same caliber as major films from its era, such as The Sound of Music.
Rex Harrison Was Fired For Bad Behavior
Christopher Plummer Was Cast, Then Dropped After Rex Harrison Wanted Back InPhoto: The Sound Of Music / 20th Century Fox
The Animals Kept Biting Rex Harrison
Angry British Locals Planted Incendiary Devices Near Filming EquipmentPhoto: 20th Century Fox
Filming Was Delayed For Three Days After A Giraffe Stepped On Its Own Genitals
The Shoot Ruined The English Countryside