'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left ... See full summary »
The National Theatre's production of The Cat in the Hat is a lively, engaging theatre experience for children of all ages. Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss, this tale is colorfully adapted for the stage by director Katie Mitchell.
Surprised this show made its debut on PBS as it doesn't meet their usual learning standards. Martin Short as The Cat is fantastic, of course, but none of the information they provide about animals is detailed enough to challenge youngsters.
The animation was a surprise in that they kept to the original style (this is based off a series of non-fiction books that also parody Dr. Seuss' style), but it seems forced and the shading on some characters seems awkward as they move around. A revamp in how the characters look would have been a welcome addition to a show that really seems a bit short-sighted overall...
With other shows like "Dinosaur Train," "Sid the Science Kid" and "Curious George" in the current PBS lineup, this show seems downright simplistic. Not to mention the confusion of mixing fake words with real science terms: a reason LeSeig never wrote non-fiction.
It's too bad, too. Could've been a great show!
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