TIL over 1,200 different animals was used during the filming of “Doctor Dolittle” (1967). Problems that the crew faced include; A goat that ate the script, a parrot that learned to yell “cut” and a bunch of ducks that forgot how to swim and had to be rescued.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Dolittle_(1967_film)#Development

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  1. >a parrot that learned to yell “cut”

    That the funniest thing I have heard today, I can just imagine a power struggle between the director and a parrot.

  2. [Some more anecdotes courtesy of IMDB.](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061584/trivia)

    > This movie set was no picnic. One of the fawns ate a quart of paint during a scene break, and had to have her stomach pumped. Gub-Gub the Pig had to be replaced several times during filming, because piglets grow very fast. Squirrels ate through several key pieces of scenery, requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. When Sir Rex Harrison sang in the field of sheep, he had to be sprayed down repeatedly for flies. The sheep urinated on him, forcing multiple retakes.

    > A disgruntled resident tried to blow up the set with a homemade bomb.

    > Angered by the filmmakers’ attempts to enlarge a pond in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a member of the 22nd Regiment of the S.A.S., tried to blow up the dam, using the Army’s explosives. He was arrested, dismissed from the regiment, and served out the rest of his military career in the Royal Scots Greys.

    Seems like the animals might not have been the worst part of filming after all though.

  3. Imagine being so bad at being a duck, you forget how to swim. Literally one of the most important abilities your species evolved over millions of years to do, and you forgot how to do it and have to be recused from drowning.

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