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

Charles Durning ... Grandfather (voice)
Chris Latta ... Chief Yookeroo / Various Yooks (voice) (as Christopher Collins)

Miriam Flynn ... Yookie-Ann Sue / Teacher / Various Yooks (voice)

Clive Revill ... Vanitch (voice)
Joseph Cousins ... Grandson (voice)

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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Also Known As:
"Dr. Seuss' The Butter Battle Book" - USA (complete title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Dr. Seuss has credited this 1989 TV special as the most faithful adaptation of his work.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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Edited into The Best of Dr. Seuss (2000)See more »


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1 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Simplistic and misguided, 7 August 2007
Author: unichux

Butter Battle is an entertaining story about two fictional cities and their arms race. It is also as misguided allegory about the Cold-War and arms races in general. Yes, it is a children's book, but like so many of Theodor Seuss Geisel's works it hits people over the head with its moral.

And that moral is what, exactly? Sure it is laudable to encourage us to concentrate more on what unites us than what divides us. It is even a good thing to encourage international cooperation. But to equate the differences between the Warsaw Pact nations and the Nato west to a difference in butter application is just plain wrong. To point out the obvious, many Warsaw Pact nations enjoyed intermittent periods of shortages of butter and bread -- they would have been happy to eat it butter sideways if it were available. On a less literal level, and whatever your political inclination, Soviet socialism versus Western (particularly Anglo-American) democracy is not a mere question of preference and custom.

To make the point even clearer, nuclear weapons were not developed in a Cold War with the Soviets, but in a hot war with the Axis powers. There is no doubt that Germany was developing nuclear capability during the war. Should the US have refrained from nuclear weapons research putting their trust in their (less than inevitable) victory in the conventional war? Once the weapons were developed they were used against the enemy who attacked us at Pearl Harbor. What does a nation do at this point when the genie is out of the bottle? Furthermore, hindsight is 20-20, which is to say that there was no way of assuring another half crazed dictator wouldn't crop up with his eyes on developing nuclear weapons. The second Gulf War has shown the incredible difficulty in ascertaining credible threats and neutralizing them.

In any event, the cartoon is little more than simplistic propaganda which does little to explore the nuances of the ethical questions behind nuclear armament and instead tries to inculcate fear of weapons technology into children.

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