Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories

 
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Three old-school Dr. Seuss tales teach open-mindedness.
  • Review Date: June 26, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 25 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The stories feature easy-to-remember rhymes that will help teach young kids about rhyming words (through speech and song) and may build vocabulary.

Positive messages

All three stories focus on the importance of being open minded: about trying new things (like the green eggs and ham); treating others with respect, even if they're different (like the Sneetches eventually learn to do); and being flexible instead of willful (that Zax overpass will seem really silly to kids).

Positive role models

Sam I Am is a persistent friend! He'll stop at nothing to get his friend to try green eggs and ham. Some might perceive Sam as a pest, but it's good to have a friend who can help narrow-minded pals broaden their horizons, particularly when it comes to food. And even though Sylvester is taking advantage of the Sneetches, his opportunism actually brings them together.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

In "The Sneetches" segment, a character complains about the "stupid, stupid little stars" and the insults "crummy, slummy, dummy" are said as well. The Sneetches are constantly ridiculing or ignoring each other.

Consumerism

None in the actual film, but there's a ton of Dr. Seuss merchandise that ties into his books, including games, stuffed animals, apparel, movies, and even theme-park attractions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories is a re-packaging of three classic televised Dr. Seuss tales: Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches, and The Zax. The entire collection is only 25 minutes and is fine for even the youngest of viewers. Families sensitive to insults should know that the words "stupid," "crummy," and "dummy" are used a couple of times in the short episode about the Sneetches. Given the continued popularity of Dr. Seuss books and the imaginative wordplay they contain, this DVD should appeal to preschoolers and early readers.

What's the story?

This old-school, triple-decker collection of Dr. Seuss tales centers on the classic Green Eggs and Ham about the incredibly determined Sam I Am, who won't stop insisting that his friend try his favorite titular dish. Seuss' signature story is preceded by two other animated shorts featuring his imaginative wordplay, songs, and valuable lessons in tolerance and open-mindedness. First, The Sneetches follows a group of nearly identical creatures segregated by whether they have a star on their bellies or not. Then the extremely brief segment The Zax chronicles how two traveling Zaxes refuse to budge when they meet at the intersection of their journeys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At only 25 minutes (including the credits), Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories is hardly a comprehensive collection of animated Dr. Seuss adaptations, but it's sure to amuse even the youngest fan of Seuss' whimsical creations, along with nostalgic parents. The DVD is smart to showcase Green Eggs last, because were it the first story (at roughly 12 minutes), parents might be underwhelmed with the other two selections -- particularly because of their catchy but dated songs.

The Sneetches is a simple but effective example of why it makes no sense to exclude others just because they're a tad different. All the bare-bellied and star-bellied Sneetches manage to accomplish with their respective jealousy and bigotry is to make Sylvester (whose machine can add or erase the contentious stars) rich. As for The Zax, it's more of an interstitial than a full segment. At approximately three minutes, it bridges The Sneetches and Green Eggs and Ham with a quick and obvious message about the perils of being too pig-headed to move (in this case literally). Once Green Eggs and Ham arrives, it provides just the right amount of familiarity to make the video worth watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the tremendous popularity of Dr. Seuss. What makes his stories and characters so appealing -- the unique illustrations, the made-up words, the messages?

  • How does this decades-old animated special compare to the newer computer-generated animated movies based on Dr. Seuss' books? Which adaptations are your favorites?

  • All three of the stories deal with tolerance of some kind. Which of the segments best teaches about the importance of being flexible and open minded?

Movie details

DVD release date:June 26, 2012
Cast:Allan Sherman, Bob Holt, Paul Winchell
Director:Hawley Pratt
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters
Run time:25 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byLocksmith9980 April 21, 2013
 

Grew up with this one!..er 3!

Has great moral teachings in the order presented, teaches tolerance and respect for others, and when the enemies learn the lessons taught in the films, they set a great example, that forgiveness is possible and can make each others friends.
What other families should know
Educational value
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