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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Colorful, culty Dr. Seuss Hollywood original.

Movie G 1953 89 minutes
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anything by Dr. Seuss is gold!

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This movie looks like a Seuss picture-book come to life, with fanciful soundstage sets melding perfectly with off-kilter drawn backdrops, colorful landscapes, and weird costumes. Though it wasn't a great commercial success, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T gained a cult reputation with critics. The big question is how well a Seuss narrative holds up at feature length, compared with the animated shorts and the early-reader storybooks. This one is certainly padded out with musical numbers and dance routines (the score, though bouncy and Oscar-nominated, doesn't have any really catchy tunes), but viewers of any age shouldn't be bored once they tune into the robust comedy performances and satirical-nonsense dialog that's often funny and sometimes flat-out weird.

Young Tommy Rettig, later a star in TV's Lassie, really carries off the spunky juvenile lead well. You can tell kids that foppish villain Hans Conreid was for a whole generation the cartoon voiceover behind "Fractured Fairy Tales" and other spin-offs of Jay Ward's classic Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons.

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