Artistic quality decent; movie itself a mixed bag.
This was not a musical and was not meant to be a musical. That makes the artistic quality better than the original, as the original was a pseudomusical and couldn't make up its mind as to whether it wanted to be a musical or a nonmusical. This version doesn't have that problem. Those expecting something close to Hugh Lofting's books will be disappointed and perhaps disillusioned. I, for one, was mildly disappointed. For example, in the original, which captured the flavor of the books, the title character was a bachelor. In this version he's married and has a family. In this version he lived in the United States, unlike the original, where he lived in England. I would also recommend that parents hold off on this until their children are 11, given the rather heavy reliance on toilet humor. (Even 11 might be generous, as opposed to 12.) The bright spot comes at the end, when, having long ignored the calling to be a veterinarian, he answered it.