ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

I have always wanted to speak to animals. When I play with my friend's adorable pitbull Sally, I can tell by the look in her eyes she is just about to burst out into English.

When I was a child, I watched Dr. Dolittle, incredibly jealous that Eddie Murphy was able to communicate with guinea pigs, dogs, tigers, and the like. I used to want to be a vet as well, and having that skill would have been immensely helpful in curing animals when they weren't feeling well.

I thought it was astounding that Kyla Pratt's character Maya was also given the gift of communicating with animals from her father. All I got from my father was thick hair and a big nose.

Wondering what the kids of Dr. Dolittle look like now? You won't believe how much they've grown up!

Raven-Symoné (Charisse Dolittle)

Following Films: Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, My Wife and Kids, The Proud Family, The Cheetah Girls, Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, Zenon: Z3, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Fat Albert, Kim Possible: So the Drama, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Cheetah Girls 2, Corey in the House, Kim Possible, That's So Raven, College Road Trip, American Dad, Sonny with a Chance, See Dad Run, The Pirate Fairy, Empire, Black-ish

Fun Fact: In 1989, Raven auditioned for a part in Bill Cosby's movie called Ghost Dad, but was considered too young. She made such an impression on him, however, he put her on The Cosby Show as the character Olivia, his step-granddaughter.

Kyla Pratt (Maya Dolittle)

Following Films: Love & Basketball, Dr. Doolittle 2, More than Puppy Love, The Seat Filler, Fat Albert, The Proud Family Movie, Dr. Dolittle 3, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief, Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Hotel for Dogs, So Weird, Sister Sister, Moesha, The Parkers, Strong Medicine, Lizzie McGuire, The Proud Family, One on One, Maniac Magee, Veronica Mars, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, The Proud Family Movie, Hell on Earth, Let's Stay Together, Big Time Movie, The Mentalist, Recovery Road, The Soul Man

Fun Fact: Pratt has been with her boyfriend Danny Kirkpatrick, a songwriter, hip-hop artist, and tattoo artist, since 2005. They have two children together named Lyric and Liyah.

Jonathan Lipnicki (Voice of Tiger Club)

Following Films: The Little Vampire, Like Mike, Stuart Little 2, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, The L.A. Riot Spectacular, For the Love of Money, Tag, Bering Sea Beast, Bad Asses, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Dawson's Creek, Family Guy, Monk

Fun Fact: Do you see those toned pecs? Jonathan Lipnicki trains in mixed martial arts, but has never fought professionally. He does claim that he wouldn't be against it, if he were to train properly for it.

I can't wait for the day that someone creates a device that translates animals squeaks, barks, chirps, and hisses into English so we can communicate with some other lovely species on this Earth.

I have always wanted to have a conversation with my chinchilla, and I have hope I'll be able to one day.


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