- Directors: Betty Thomas
- Producers: John Davis, David T Friendly, Joseph Singer
- Writers: Hugh Lofting, Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin
- Genres: Family, Comedy
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Oliver Platt, Kristen Wilson, Ossie Davis, Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock, Peter Boyle
The film now opens with John Dolittle as a child talking to his dog (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres). He asks his dog questions, one being “Why do dogs sniff each other’s butts”? Her response is that it’s their way of shaking hands. His concerned father (Ossie Davis) hears the question and says that the dog doesn’t have any idea what he said. He was wrong. He finds this out when John meets his new principal and sniffs his butt. The dog obviously knows something is going to happen. When his father hires a minister to remove the evil from him (and freaking him out), the dog saves him by biting the minister. The dog is then taken up for adoption. John is very upset and stops talking to animals as his father teaches him to hate them.
Thirty years later, we see John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) shooing a puppy out of his apartment. He is a doctor, married with two kids, but became an animal hater. His oldest daughter Charisse (Raven-SymonÃ©) wants to be named Paprika. His youngest daughter Maya (Kyla Pratt) is a nerdy girl who does experiments, such as raising a swan egg (or so she thinks) so it will bond with her. She also has a Guinea Pig named Rodney (voiced by Chris Rock). John’s wife Lisa (Kristen Wilson) also just wants to spend time with him. Meanwhile at work, a big medical company owner named Calloway (Peter Boyle) wants to buy the company. Everyone is very excited because this means much more money.
In the end, John is now a both human doctor and a veterinarian. Maya’s egg hatches, revealing to be an alligator. The rats are mad that the ending is happy, but the owl shows up and chases them away, trying to eat them (luckily, she doesn’t). John and Lucky are seen walking to the circus to visit the tiger and talking about their future as friends, while the song “Talk with the Animals” plays in the background.
- Directors: Mike Mitchell
- Producers: Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng, Executive Producer, Aron Warner, Andrew Adamson
- Writers: Tim Sullivan, Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, Book, William Steig
- Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
- Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Walt Dohrn, Julie Andrews, Eric Idle, Justin Timberlake
Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the grown-reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre”, Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, the now intellectual Donkey (Eddie Murphy) is afraid of Shrek, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is obese, Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) is still alive, and Shrek and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin’s mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world, and reclaiming his One True Love and family.
- Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
- Producers: Aron Warner, John H Williams
- Writers: Screenplay, Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J David Stem, David N Weiss, Story, Andrew Adamson, Book, William Steig
- Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
- Actors: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders
When Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) and Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz) come back from their honeymoon, they find an invitation to a royal ball with Fiona’s parents to celebrate their marriage, an event Shrek is reluctant to participate in. Fiona talks him into it, and along with Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), they travel to the kingdom of Far Far Away. They meet Fiona’s parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian (voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews), who are surprised and repulsed by Fiona’s choice of husband (particularly the King himself), since they had arranged that Prince Charming rescue her from the castle but now they see that her husband is an ogre.
At a shared meal, Shrek and Harold get into a heated argument over how Shrek and Fiona will raise their family, and Fiona, disgusted at Shrek and her father’s behavior, locks herself away in her room that evening, where she meets her Fairy Godmother (voiced by Jennifer Saunders), who is also surprised at Fiona’s new looks. Shrek worries that he has lost his true love, particularly after finding her childhood diary and reading that she was once infatuated with Prince Charming (voiced by Rupert Everett).
As the clock strikes midnight, Shrek and Fiona let the potion’s effects wear off and they revert to their ogre selves, while Donkey changes back as well. Harold gives his blessing to the marriage and apologizes for his earlier behavior, and the party resumes as the credits begin. They are interrupted by a brief after-party scene in which the Dragon, who had romanced Donkey in the first film, arrives and reveals that they now have several dragon-donkey hybrid, or “Dronkey”, babies.
- Directors: Bill Condon
- Producers: Laurence Mark
- Writers: Stage musical, Tom Eyen, Screenplay, Bill Condon
- Genres: Drama, Musical
- Actors: Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson
As in the original stage musical, Dreamgirls can be broken up into two acts: the first taking place from 1962 to 1966, and the second taking place from 1973 to 1975.
The film begins in Detroit, Michigan in 1962, as an amateur African-American girl group known as The Dreamettes enter a talent competition at the Detroit Theater. Backstage, the three girls â€” full-figured lead singer Effie White, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson â€” meet Curtis Taylor, Jr., an ambitious Cadillac dealer with plans of breaking into the music business. Placing himself as their manager, Curtis arranges for the Dreamettes to tour as backup for a regional R&B star, James “Thunder” Early. The tour takes the company – also including Effie’s songwriting brother C.C. and Jimmy’s manager Marty – across the country on the chitlin’ circuit.
Hoping to help Jimmy and the girls cross over to mainstream audiences, Curtis starts his own record label, Rainbow Records (“The Sound of Tomorrow”), out of his car dealership’s office, and makes C.C. his head songwriter. However, when Rainbow’s first single fails after a white pop group releases a cover version, Curtis and his sidekick Wayne turn to payola. By paying the right people, Curtis manages to get Jimmy and the Dreamettes to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and into a headlining gig at the Apollo Theater. Offstage, Effie is quickly becoming infatuated with the slick-talking Curtis, and Jimmy – a married man – begins an adulterous affair with Lorrell, who becomes equally as lovesick as Effie.
As a result, Deena Jones & the Dreams give a farewell performance at the Detroit Theater. At the conclusion of the concert, Effie joins Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle onstage and the reunited Dreams give one final performance of their signature song, “Dreamgirls”, with Effie singing lead. As the concert ends, Curtis notices Magic in the front row and seemingly realizes that he is the girl’s father.
- Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick
- Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ed Solomon
- Writers: Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Martin Sheen
A financial executive (Murphy) who can’t stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter’s imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.
- Directors: Peter Segal
- Producers: James D Brubaker, Brian Grazer, Karen Kehela, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Tom Shadyac
- Writers: Jerry Lewis, Steve Oedekerk, Barry W Blaustein, David Sheffield, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller, John Ales, Richard Gant, Anna Maria Horsford
As the film opens, Sherman is working on a new miracle formula â€“ this time, the fountain of youth. He is also preparing to marry a fellow scientist, Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson). Unfortunately, he has started suffering from personality lapses that are threatening to alienate his bride-to-be: against his will, he acts like the obnoxious, hypersexed Buddy Love of the first film. After a particularly unpleasant incident, Sherman goes to his lab to analyze his DNA and locates Buddy Love’s DNA in an abnormal gene. He decides to use Denise’s genetic research methods to isolate the gene and permanently extract Buddy Love’s DNA from his own. His assistant, Jason, tries to stop him, warning him that he might damage his health or even lose his intelligence. Sherman disregards the warning and, alone in his lab late at night, extracts Buddy’s DNA.
The orphaned DNA, a glowing blob of jelly, combines with a hair from a basset hound and grows instantaneously into an adult man, Buddy Loveâ€”now a fully autonomous being. Thanks to his doggy heritage, however, this Buddy Love has a tendency to chase cats and cars. Sherman, meanwhile, has inflicted so much genetic damage on himself by removing Buddy that his brain cells begin dying at an exponential rate.
Denise and Cletus arrive, and see Sherman and Richmond. Sherman, before his brain becomes seriously damaged, sadly tells Denise, whom he no longer recognizes, that he no smart, never, no more. Denise starts crying, and one of her tears lands on the dried blob, causing it to trickle into the fountain. As his companions begin to usher him away, Denise promising to take care of him, Sherman turns and mumbles something about “pretty water”. They see the fountain’s water glowing a bright neon blue. Denise realizes that Buddy’s DNA is still alive in the water. She and Cletus force Sherman to drink the water before Buddy evaporated, and he rapidly regains his mental faculties. In the last scene, Sherman and Denise get married. As in the first film, bloopers accompany the closing credits.
- Directors: John Landis
- Producers: Leslie Belzberg, George Folsey Jr, Mark Lipsky
- Writers: Story, Eddie Murphy, Screenplay, David Sheffield, Barry W Blaustein
- Genres: Comedy, Romance
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Eriq La Salle, Samuel L Jackson
Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy), the prince and heir to the throne of the fictitious African country Zamunda, is discontented with being pampered all his life. The final straw is when his parents (James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair) present him with a bride-to-be (Vanessa Bell) he has never met before, trained to mindlessly obey his every command.
Akeem concocts a plan to travel to America to find a wife he can both love and respect. He and his servant & friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) arrive in Queens County, New York, and after several scrapes, find an apartment in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights. They begin working at a local restaurant called McDowell’s (the restaurateur’s attempt to copy McDonald’s) passing themselves off as students. When he first meets Akeem and Semmi, owner Mr. McDowell (John Amos) explains all the minute differences between his place and McDonald’s, ending with the line, “They use the sesame seed bun. My buns have no seeds.”
Akeem falls in love with Lisa (Shari Headley), Mr. McDowell’s daughter, who possesses the qualities the prince is looking for. The rest of the film centers on Akeem’s attempts to win Lisa’s hand in marriage, while adjusting to life in America and dodging his royal duties and prerogatives. Unfortunately, Semmi is not comfortable with the life of a poor man and thus unintentionally causes a near-disaster when, alerted by a plea for more financial help, the Zamundian royal family travels to the United States. Lisa learns that Akeem is actually a prince and is at first angry and confused as to why he lied to her about it. At this point, she refuses to marry Akeem and Akeem returns to Zamunda with a broken heart. At the end, we see Akeem about to wed a bride who he discovers is Lisa. They ride off in a carriage after the ceremony.
- Directors: Rob Minkoff
- Producers: Andrew Gunn, Don Hahn
- Writers: David Berenbaum
- Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp, Marsha Thomason, Nathaniel Parker
Jim and Sara Evers are proprietors of Evers and Evers Real Estate and parents of 10-year-old Michael and 13-year-old Megan. Jim is a workaholic who has not been spending time with his family, much to the disapproval of his wife. On a weekend trip in which he has promised to devote time to the family, they make a detour through the swamps of New Orleans, Louisiana to Gracey Manor, a decaying but valuable property. The owners had earlier contacted Sara with interest in selling,but they end up seeing ghosts at the house.
Once the Evers arrive, a violent rainstorm erupts, and they are led inside by Ramsley, the creepy butler who is immediately disturbed that Sara did not come alone. The family is introduced to Master Edward Gracey, the heir of the house, and invited to stay the night as the roads have flooded. Michael and Megan are sent to one bedroom, Jim and Sara to another.
As Jim and Sara are separated, and Jim finds himself trapped in a secret passage, Michael and Megan are led by a floating blue orb into an attic room where they discover an antiquated painting that looks exactly like their mother. They encounter Ezra and Emma, a footman and maid respectively who work for the mansion and also warn the kids of impending danger. Megan and Michael discover that Emma and Ezra are actually ghosts, as is Master Gracey, and that Master Gracey thinks their mother is his lover Elizabeth returned to him from beyond the grave; years ago, she had seemingly committed suicide.
Jim has learned an important lesson about family, and his son and daughter have learned bravery in the face of evil. The family, now in possession of the deed to the house, head out on their vacation to the lake (with the encased head of Madame Leota in the back seat and a quartet of singing busts strapped to the back of the car singing their own version of “When the Saints Come Marching In”).
- Directors: Steve Carr
- Producers: John Davis, Joe Roth, Wyck Godfrey
- Writers: Geoff Rodkey
- Genres: Comedy, Family
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Anjelica Huston, Lacey Chabert
Charlie Hinton is a busy working father and his wife Kim Hinton has just gone back to work as a lawyer. They enroll their son in the Chapman Academy, a very strict, military-like day care headed by Mrs. Harridan. Soon after, Charlie is laid off after the health division in his company is shut down. Desperate for money and no job offers on the horizon for six weeks, he opens up a day care center with the help of two friends, Phil and Marvin. As it became more popular, Chapman Academy became less populated, because Charlie’s center, Daddy Day Care, is much cheaper and more laid back. Mrs. Harridan attempts to shut down Daddy Day Care by notifying Child Services that Charlie and Phil are not following the child services codes. Mr. Cubitz, a child services director points out the codes that need to be fixed, which Charlie and Phil quickly correct.
Later, Mr. Cubitz, tells them they have too many kids to hold their day care at the Charlie’s residence. They find a potential new location in an abandoned building, however they must raise the money to buy it. They hold a fund raising festival called “Rock for Daddy Day Care.” When Mrs. Harridan finds out about this, she and her assistant decide to wreck it by unplugging a bouncy castle, trapping the kids inside, putting cockroaches in all of the food, and releasing the animals from the petting zoo, causing them to eat the food. This causes Daddy Day Care to not raise anywhere near enough money to buy their new facility.
Charlie and one of his friends are offered a better job and they decide to take it. Mrs. Harridan offers to take all of Daddy Day Care’s kids. Charlie soon realizes that the job is not what he really wants to do. He goes to Chapman Academy and successfully convinces the children and their parents to come back, and Daddy Day Care becomes a raging success. This causes Chapman Academy to shut down and Mrs. Harridan to take a job as a crossing guard and her former assistant to take a job at Daddy Day Care at their new facility.
- Directors: Steve Carr
- Producers: John Davis, Neil A Machlis, Aldric La Auli Porter, Heidi Santelli, Joseph Singer
- Writers: Hugh Lofting, Larry Levin
- Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
- Actors: Eddie Murphy, Steve Zahn, Norm Macdonald, Lisa Kudrow, Jeffrey Jones, Kevin Pollak, Kyla Pratt
The movie starts out with Lucky the Dog (voiced by Norm Macdonald) explaining John Dolittle’s (Eddie Murphy) gift of talking to animals. John comes home from France and gives his wife a present from Paris while he was on talk shows and other things about his gift. He also gives his daughter, Maya (Kyla Pratt), a chameleon, named Pepito, from Mexico.
Meanwhile, John then teaches Archie and Lucky to be the strongest males in their species, though the training goes to trouble when John accidentally scolds Lisa and then, unwittingly ignores her for the next few days. Then, John tells Archie that he will win Ava’s heart, by challenging a fight to her boyfriend, the tough, western-accented Kodiak Bear, Sonny.
Then, every animal in the forest watches as John dances with Lisa and the two attempt to embrace but Lucky accidentally blows it, making John angrily getting the animals away from the cabin and Lisa dumps him by making him sleep on the couch. Then, Archie attempts to get Ava’s attention by singing her a song while imitating John in a smooth voice and on a tree branch but blows his attempt when he is too heavy for the branch to hold and he falls down.
The film then ends as Charisse and her father getting closer than ever and helping Pepito with his blending problems, Lucky once again winning the affection of the female wolf and cubs being raised by Archie and Ava, though the brother-sister duo are taught by Archie on how to sing and dance.