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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The stories feature easy-to-remember rhymes that will help teach young kids about rhyming words (through speech and song) and may build vocabulary.
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.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is sure to amuse even the youngest fan of Seuss' whimsical creations, along with nostalgic parents. At only 25 minutes (including the credits), though Green Eggs and Ham and Other Stories is hardly a comprehensive collection of animated Dr. Seuss adaptations. 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.
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