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



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Cast overview:
Grandfather (voice)
Chris Latta ...
Chief Yookeroo / Various Yooks (voice) (as Christopher Collins)
Miriam Flynn ...
Yookie-Ann Sue / Teacher / Various Yooks (voice)
Vanitch (voice)
Joseph Cousins ...
Grandson (voice)


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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Release Date:

13 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book  »

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


When the Yook soldier first starts the walking machine, it has four goop-spraying attachments behind it. While he is en route to the wall, when the band is playing, there are only three attachments. When he confronts Van Itch at the wall, there are four again. See more »


Edited into The Best of Dr. Seuss (2000) See more »

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Another terrific Dr Seuss animated adaptation
24 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even from an early age I have loved Dr Seuss, and I find the animated versions of his work on the most part classics(1966's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favourite). Ralph Bakshi's The Butter Battle Book is not an exception. While I am more familiar with and prefer Chuck Jones' visual style, the animation is very good, not always smooth but always colourful and vibrant. The score has the right mix of whimsy and energy, while the songs are very catchy and succeed in making Dr Seuss' classic rhymes highly memorable. With or without song, the rhymes have razor-sharp bite and wit and move along at a sprightly(and gentle when needed) pace. The story is simple, smart, charming and true to Dr Seuss' book, with many funny moments for children and adults to savour. The message is important and doesn't feel thankfully overly-didactic in how it was put across. The characters are wholly engaging and the voice acting I can't fault either. All in all, terrific like most of the Dr Seuss animated adaptations. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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