It is the dark days of World War I, and Hugh Lofting is a Lieutenant in the British Army. In his letters to his son, he tells exciting stories about an eccentric doctor who can talk to animals! Dr. Dolittle has abandoned his traditional medical practice in favor of feathered, four legged, furry, ferocious, and in some cases, fantastical beasts. His profession leads him to Africa where he and his young apprentice encounter clever monkeys, giant elephants, lion cubs and even the wicked pirate Bel Ali! Through his unconventional methods, Dr. Dolittle succeeds in bringing peace to all the warring creatures. At the same time, Lt. Lofting ends his tour of duty and is reunited with his wife and son.