Parents' Guide to

The Best of Dr. Seuss

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic stories come to life.

Movie NR 2000 60 minutes
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THE BEST OF DR. SEUSS is a diverse Seuss mini-fest. While the kids watch, grown-up animation buffs can consider the very different studios that produced these cartoons. "Horton Hatches the Egg" came out in 1944 as part of the legendary Warner Brothers "Merrie Melodies" series that also gave birth to Bugs Bunny and pals. "Daisy-Headed Mayzie" is from Hanna-Barbara, while "The Butter Battle Book" was directed by cult animator Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi's visual verve improves on the original, adding the infernal factory in which the Big-Boy Boomeroo is born. The tale was a late Dr. Seuss effort bemoaning America's escalating arms race with the USSR -- kids might not understand its dated Cold War message.

"Horton Hatches the Egg" is the real keeper, a lavish piece of animation. In addition to its lesson of honor and determination, it rewards older viewers with some Warners-style satire of then-popular movies: Mayzie the bird occasionally lapses into Scarlett O'Hara mannerisms, and, in a jarringly dark bit of humor, a fish happily commits suicide after glimpsing Horton and announcing "Now I've seen everything!" This behavior is partially explicable; the fish is a ringer for sinister Hollywood star Peter Lorre.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: November 18, 2003
  • Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 60 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: not rated
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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