Dr. John Dolittle is a veterinarian with a gift: He can talk to animals. The character first appeared 100 years ago in the novel The Story of Doctor Dolittle. His adventures have been made into movies. Dolittle is the latest.

In the film, England’s Queen Victoria becomes ill. Dr. Dolittle sets out in search of a cure. During his travels, his friends are there to help. They include a gorilla, a duck, and a polar bear.

Tommy Stubbins, Dr. Dolittle’s helper, joins him on the trip. Actor Harry Collett (pictured, center right), 16, plays Tommy. “When Tommy goes on this massive quest with Dolittle, he learns to bring out his inner self,” Harry told TFK Kid Reporter Mira McInnes. “He becomes a more brave and exciting person.” Dolittle hits theaters January 17.