Theodor Geisel, better known by his pen-name Dr. Seuss, is perhaps the greatest children's author to ever live. Seuss worked on over sixty books before his death, which were well-known for their rhymes, clever rhymes, and fantastic illustrations. They are still some of the best beginner books for children today.
Horton Hears a Who (2008)
Horton the elephant hears a call from a small dust speck in the Jungle of Nool. Capturing it on a clover, he discovers that within the speck, there is a civilization of Whos, which Horton vows to protect. This attracts the attention of a sour kangaroo, who wants to destroy the speck because Horton is shaky on the status quo.
Horton Hears a Who is rated highest by BlueSky studios for its rich and stylized animation, which helps to keep Seuss' painting alive while retaining the original's charm. The highlights include Jim Carryand Steve Carell playing well off one another.
The Hoober-Bloob Highway (1975)
This original Seuss TV play travels high above the heavens to the dispatcher's house. His job is to prepare babies for their new existence on earth before he sends them down the main road to be born. accompanied by fun musical segments
Hoober-Bloob Highway was well received in its day, and it even received a Primetime Emmy for its fun, owing to its charm and humor as Hoober-Bloob. It also includes the tweetle beetle rhyme from Seuss' book, Fox in Socks.
Gerald McBoing-Boing (1950)
Young Gerald McCloy is a strange little boy who rather than speak in words, communicates via sound effects, his most frequent being the bouncing ball's boing-boing. As he grows up, he finds it difficult to acquire an education or make friends when nobody can understand what he is saying.
Gerald McBoing-Boing was the first theatrical cartoon created by Unite Productions of America, who created the Mr. Magoo shorts. It was wildly popular due to its simplistic yet expressive animation style, and won an Oscar for best animated short. Most recently, a cartoon series aired on Cartoon Network from 2005 to 2007.
Horton Hatches The Egg (1942)
Before Horton the elephant chatted to Whos, he was duped into thinking Mayzie would see her egg while she was on an extended vacation. Despite being laughed at by his friends and forced to endure boredom and extreme weather, Horton doesn't scold or scold. Eventually, three hunters take him home as a circus attraction, which is seen by Mayzie.
Bob Calmpett, known for his early Loony Toons cartoons, brings the same energy to Horton, and creates some quite bizarre character drawings and visuals, even for a Dr. Seuss cartoon. However, Seuss had little involvement with this short, which contains more changes and extra scenes than his other adaptations.
The Cat in the Hat (1971)
A brother and sister are surprised when a talking cat in a red and white hat enters their house on a rainy day with nothing to do. The kids allow the cat to entertain them with theatrics until he makes a mess of things. However, he refuses to leave until he discovers his missing moss-covered family gredunza.
The Cat in the Hat is still a fun and energetic experience, with many upbeat and catchy songs, and the voices of Allan Sherman and Daws Butler, a former Hannah-Barbarra actress, really bring the cat and fish to life. This was also the last Seuss film that legendary Loony Toons director,Chuck Jones, developed.
Horton Hears a Who (1970)
Chuck Jones brought the elephant and Whoville to life before BlueSky Studios did their adaptation of Horton. Because of its shorter run-time, the 1970 Horton Hears a Who retains the tone and pace of the book and makes few changes. The greatest change would be making Horton's who contact a scientist rather than the mayor.
The original Horton Hears a Who is quite charming, thanks in no small part to Jones' animation. The characters are brought to life by a talented cast, including June Foray, Hans Conried Jr., and Jones himself, like "The Wickersam Brothers," who provided their voices to many Disney musicals in the 1950s and 60s.
The Butter Battle Book (1989)
Ralph Bakshi, an adult animator, has brought his talents to Seuss' reimagining of the Cold War. The Butter Battle Book tells the story of the Yooks and the Zooks, who decide if it is better to eat toast butter side up or down. This conflict results in a deadly conflict that threatens everyone on both sides of their wall.
The story, which is based on one of Seus' finest written stories, adds little extra other than to provide some visual jokes. It appears that, when telling a story of mutual destruction, there is little you need to do other than portray the ridiculousness of both sides.
Dr. Seuss On the Loose (1973)
In Dr. Seuss On the Looe, three different Dr. Seuss stories are presented as an anthology hosted by the Cat in the Hat. The Sneeches show the difficulties of negotiating, while The Zacks show the dangers of refusing to negotiate.
In all three short films, themes of stubbornness and pride are explored, where the characters either get themselves in trouble trying to prove they are superior to others for superficial reasons, or choose to ignore them. Each one gets its message across with iconic visuals and charming dialogue from Seuss. This special featured the return of many familiar voices, including Bob Holts, Hans Conried Jr., and Allan Sherman in his final acting role.
The Lorax: 1972 (7.9 Stars)
A youngster travels beyond the grickle grass to the once-ler in The Lorax. He tells the boy how he came to this land when it was green and sunny to cut down truffula trees to produce a wonderful product called thneeds. However, his actions awaken the Lorax, who speaks for the trees, and urges the Once-ler to think about the environment.
The original Lorax special, written in response to the logging business, represents both sides of the debate. The Once-ler insists that shutting down production would put his workers out of work, and the Lorax admits that he doesn't have an answer. Bob Holts returns as both the Once-ler and the Lorax, and his remarkable vocal abilities add weight and tragedy to both characters' situations.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Though every Who down in Whoville enjoys Christmas quite a lot, the Grinch at the top of Mt. Crumpet did not. Be it because of his too tight shoes or his two size two small heart, he decides that this will be the year he ends Christmas for the life. So in the dead of knight dressed as Santa Claus, he enters the Who's house and steals their presents.
Chuck Jones' How the Grinch Stole Christmas became a holiday staple due to his incredible talent. Boris Karloff plays the Grinch and the narrator, and his distinctive voice guarantees that you never miss a word of Seuss' clever rhyme. The song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was composed by Tony the Tiger and leader of the Mellowmen.