Reviewed on 4/18/2011...
I haven't watched the cartoons on this DVD, as I got it for one of its bonus features, a 90-minute documentary, In Search of Dr. Seuss (it's available on its own, but this DVD was cheaper). My review of that follows:
I had this on VHS tape as a child. Watching it again, I'm struck by how subtle some of the humor is -- I got a lot of it as a kid, but not all. Its plot centers on Kathy (Kathy Najimy), an annoying reporter who shows up at Dr. Seuss's house to learn more about his life as research for her story about him. She meets several of his characters -- the Cat in the Hat, Mr. Hunch, and the Once-ler, among others -- who guide her through his life story.
It is, of course, fantastic to see some of the cameos: Eileen Brennan as a resident of Who-Ville; Billy Crystal as the Voice of America ("We came on the air in WWII, and still are. Kinda like Soul Train."); Andrea Martin as an ad agency worker; Patrick Stewart as Sgt. Mulvaney of Mulberry Street ... et cetera. And really, there's very little not to love about a Dr. Seuss documentary that features Kathy Najimy dancing with a gospel choir who are all dressed up like turtles!
The content itself is great too: it has many interesting tidbits about Dr. Seuss's life, interspersed with several of his stories, retold in song ("Yertle the Turtle"), shown as cartoons (Horton Hatches the Egg, The Butter Battle Book), or narrated by Kathy or another character (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, "The Sneetches"). Some parents may take issue with the section where the Cat shows Kathy some of Dr. Seuss's anti-Hitler cartoons and discusses his original conception of Yertle the Turtle as a Nazi, as it and the following scenes (in which the Voice of America radio plays a short film about post-Nazi Germany, written by Dr. Seuss and his first wife) show Hitler, the Nazi salute, and swastikas. However, I think that this is meant less as a documentary for kids, and more as a documentary, period, that kids will like.
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Reviewed on 3/25/2009...
Better than the new Horton hears a who
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