The Butter Battle Book (1989)

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A cold war between two lands over a ridiculous dispute leads to a perilous arms race.

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A tale of two hostile neighboring countries, one country is occupied by the Yooks, while the other is occupied by the Zooks. Both countries don't agree with each others ideology. Due to this issue they ended up building a wall in between the border of the two opposing cultures. The main reason they hate each other is because both cultures have a different way of buttering their bread. The Yooks eat their bread butter side up while the Zooks eat their bread butter side down. The story is told by the perspective of a Yook border patrol guard who tries to outwit a Zook name Van Itch with the latest Yooks weapon. However every time the border guard presents his weapon, Van Itch would have a weapon that is able to counter attack the Yook's weapon. This leads to an arms race with results leading to a mutual assured destruction. Written by J LeGault

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Dr. Seuss has credited this 1989 TV special as the most faithful adaptation of his work. See more »

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The weakest of 'The Best of Dr. Seuss' DVD but reminiscent of a 'My Little Pony Episode'
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I first saw this short upon purchasing a 4-DVD pack containing 'The Best of Dr Seuss,' 'Laura's Star,' 'Quest for Camelot' and 'The Powerpuff Girls Movie.' While it's not the best of 'The Best of Dr Seuss,' it still had rhyming narrative, Dr Seuss-illustration-type characters and a storyline that reminded me of that from the 'My Little Pony ' episode 'Ice Cream Wars.'

The animation style is sketchy, is not as smooth as that in 'Daisy-Head Mayzie' or 'Horton Hatches the Egg' and has a few lip-syncing flaws but the colours are bold. A lot of the musical score was military and although there were a few moments with no music at all, I liked the harmonious vocals of a group of female characters.. While a lot of the story was hard to follow, I liked the concept of one community spreading their bread butter-side down and the other butter-side up. The pace dragged on in the middle and while I found the ending abrupt, it was something of a cliffhanger as well.

Overall this is the weakest addition to 'The Best of Dr. Seuss' DVD but its most positive assets are the narration, the colours, the music and the nostalgic appeal it brings to a certain extent by reminding me of one of my favourite episodes of one of my favourite childhood cartoons. 7/10.


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