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Dr. Seuss (book)
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Release Date:
13 November 1989 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A cold war between two lands over a ridiculous dispute leads to a perilous arms race. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Charles Durning ... Grandfather (voice)
Chris Latta ... (voice) (as Christopher Collins)

Miriam Flynn ... (voice)

Clive Revill ... (voice)
Joseph Cousins ... (voice)
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Directed by
Ralph Bakshi (supervising director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dr. Seuss  book
Dr. Seuss  written for television by

Produced by
Ralph Bakshi .... producer
Dr. Seuss .... executive producer (as Theodor Geisel)
 
Original Music by
Glen Daum 
 
Film Editing by
Brad Gunther 
 
Production Management
Sherry Gunther .... production supervisor (as Sherry Argaman)
 
Art Department
Kent Butterworth .... storyboard artist
Dave Marshall .... storyboard artist (as David Marshall)
Tom Minton .... storyboard artist
Jim Reardon .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Philip Phillipson .... sound reader (as Phil Phillipson)
 
Animation Department
Marcia Adams .... background color key
Kent Butterworth .... animation director
Kent Holaday .... mouth animation synchronization
Mike Kazaleh .... layout artist
Sandra Kumashiro .... layout checker
Dave Marshall .... animation director (as David Marshall)
Jeff Pidgeon .... models
Chris Reccardi .... layout artist
Linda Redondo .... color modeler
Rose Ann Stire .... color modeler (as Roseanne Stire)
Louise Zingarelli .... layout artist
 
Music Department
Glen Daum .... composer: original song music
Lee Ann Ledgerwood-Steig .... composer: original song music (as LeeAnn Ledgerwood)
Jeremy Steig .... composer: original song music
John Moses .... musician (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Dr. Seuss has credited this 1989 TV special as the most faithful adaptation of his work.See more »
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Edited into The Best of Dr. Seuss (2000)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant story with a hard lesson, 24 April 2003
Author: Alexis (griffin84) from Kansas City, MO

This was one of my favorite adaptations of a Dr. Suess story. On one side of a stone wall, there's the Yooks, the "proper" race that butters their bread "butter side up". On the other side live the Zooks, which (gasp!) butter their bread "butter side down". The two groups, whom appear to be the exact same with the exception of this one characteristic, have waged war with each other for countless years. The Butter Battle Book shows the story of an old man who was once patrolled the wall, protecting the Yooks from the terror of the Zooks. With the help of his advisor, things get worse and worse until he and Zooks' protector both bring out a device that will destroy both sides of the wall forever. Who's going to drop it first? We may never know...

I saw this when I was a child, and it left a lasting impression on me. These two races are fight over something as simple as this, and it shows what happens if we don't learn to get along and accept one another as each other. In a way, this story is the summary of every war that has happened: the fighting gets worse, and if we don't learn to get along, things are only going to get worse until both sides will destroy one another. Even though the story is very humorous, the moral is an important one. I'm hoping that one day I can share this story with my children and my grandchildren.

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