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When people think of Dr. Seuss and animation, the Christmas classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is usually what comes to mind, which indeed is top-notch. (I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the new version this year to see how well it translates to live-action).
But most people don't know about a collection of Dr. Seuss shorts entitled "Dr. Seuss on the Loose".
This video has animated adaptations of 3 Dr. Seuss stories ("Green Eggs and Ham"; "The Zax"; "The Sneetches") with narration & introductions provided by the Cat in the Hat, voiced by humorist/folk singer Allan Sherman. His voice talents alone make this collection worthwhile viewing (although I must admit being biased as I am a longtime fan of Sherman's song parodies such as "Camp Granada", "Harvey & Sheila", etc).
Most people are familiar with the "Green Eggs and Ham" story. The animated version here follows the book fairly closely without a great deal of embellishment. "The Zax", although a somewhat humorous story teaching a lesson about stubbornness, is an extremely short and rather forgettable.
But the true gem on this tape is the story of "The Sneetches". The animated story takes the book to a new level, improving greatly on it with better action, sound effects, and a couple of very catchy songs. And the story itself, in addition to being riotiously funny, makes a very effective statement about prejudice and discrimination that ring out as clearly today as they did nearly 30 years ago.
This made for TV program is available on video but may be somewhat hard to find. If you can find it, it is well worth checking out (particularly if you have kids). If you can't, then you should at least look for the book "The Sneetches" in the children's section of your local public library. (Unfortunately, it has nowhere near the impact of the animated version).
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