Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites
Shoddy animation, but still classic Seuss.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Green Eggs and Ham remains one of the great childhood favorites. The video doesn't depart in any way from the book. Moreover, it has innovative rhymes that help children with language skills and creativity. And the other two stories on the video -- The Tooth Book and Ten Apples Up On Top -- are also great children's classics that teach great skills while amusing your kids.
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What's the Story?
The main feature in this collection of three animated tales is Dr. Seuss' classic story about the ever-persistent Sam I Am, who finally convinces a picky eater to try some yummy green eggs and ham. All of Seuss' catchy rhymes are here ("You may like them. You will see. You may like them in a tree!"). Next up is "The Tooth Book," which discusses all the places teeth are found and ways to keep them clean and healthy. And the third story, "Ten Apples Up On Top," uses inventive word play to help children learn to count.
Is It Any Good?
GREEN EGGS AND HAM features good stories with positive messages though the visuals, narration, and music are not very compelling. The antics of Sam I Am are still a big hit in this version of Green Eggs and Ham, despite the drawback of the visuals -- crudely animated cutouts of Seuss's original illustrations. The second two episodes, "The Tooth Book" and "Ten Apples Up On Top," do not even offer the fanciful Dr. Seuss drawings, but are illustrated by Roy McKie.
Though faithful representations of Seuss books, the videos will not accomplish the original goal of the beginner books, which was teaching kids to read. But the word play may still hold their attention while aiding language skills and creativity.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes Dr. Suess' material so popular. What's fun about his works? Why do they remain popular through the years?
- In theaters: October 7, 2003
- On DVD or streaming: October 7, 2003
- Cast: Hal Smith, Hans Conried
- Director: Carroll Ballard
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Book Characters
- Run time: 110 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: September 19, 2019
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