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Dejected klutz Pontoffel Pock gets fired from his job at a pickle factory. Pock wishes to get away from it all and receives a magical piano from jolly fairy McGillicuddy. Pock embarks on a series of loopy misadventures as the piano enables him to travel all over the world. Written by
I became familiar with Dr. Seuss at a very, very young age (I'm sure that so many others can say the same), and I can't remember exactly when I first saw "Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?", it was so long ago. I used to watch it over and over again for a while, on a video tape that also included "The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat". Watching this Dr. Seuss cartoon short obviously wouldn't be the same for me now, but watching it again recently, I still found that it had some charm!
A young man named Pontoffel Pock comes to a dill pickle factory to start a new job. Sadly, as soon as he starts, he makes a mistake, causing a huge mess all over the factory! For this, he is fired, and it appears this isn't the first job he has been unsuccessful with. Down on himself, he walks back to his house, a house which is not in very good condition. Wishing he could get away from it all, a fairy named McGillicuddy soon appears in front of him with a magic piano! This fairy tells him that with this piano, he CAN get away from it all, and shows him how to use it. Pontoffel Pock soon sets out to a new place, and at first, his life seems to be improving, but he still has a lot to learn, with a big adventure ahead!
If I had just seen this Dr. Seuss TV special for the first time, I highly doubt my rating would be 10/10. Usually, I wouldn't rate something based on what I thought of it years ago, but in this case, I loved "Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?" so much way back in the day that I feel that what I think of it now shouldn't apply! For many kids, this movie is VERY enjoyable, with its songs, characters, adventure, animation, etc. Like many other Dr. Seuss stories, this one has also has a valuable lesson to teach. For those reasons, in my opinion, this animated piece deserves more recognition!
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