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The Best of Dr. Seuss (2003)

Chuck Jones  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Chuck Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1O9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Contains three Dr. Seuss favorites - Horton Hatches the Egg, The Butter Battle Book, and Daisy Head Mayzie. A must-have for Seuss fans of all ages!

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for grown-up Seussians. February 7, 2004
Don't let the Cat in the Hat on the cover fool you: this grab-bag collection features a trio of relatively obscure animated Seuss tales, each of which deals in a more satirical, "adult" vein of humor than the good Dr. is commonly associated with.
I can remember watching the "Butter Battle Book" in a high school poli-sci class; Seuss's satirical Cold War fable is both amusing and chilling, and a good choice for older children and teens.
"Daisy-Head Mayzie" was produced for cable network TNT and is based on a story published after Seuss's death. As "Butter Battle" does with the arms race, "Mayzie" sends up our culture's obsession with celebrity.
"Horton Hatches The Egg" is actually a Looney Tune cartoon short, originally released in the 1940s and directed by Bob Clampett (not Chuck Jones as a previous reviewer asserts). This item might actually be of greatest interest to animation buffs (such as yours truly), featuring as it does Clampett's trademark rubbery animation and adult-oriented humor. It's also completely restored and uncut on the DVD version.
All in all, I'd recommend this collection for Clampett/Looney Tunes fans and adult Seuss fans. It's probably going to be a little too far over the heads of the kiddies.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember that Seuss sometimes wrote for adults February 19, 2007
The Seuss cartoons here are naturally going to provoke outrage from the mamby pamby lovers of Barney and the New Zoo Revue who want all the kids to grow up skipping through daisies holding hands and singing "We are the world", but some things to consider.

The Horton cartoon is from the Looney Tunes folks, albeit in a rough Seussian style. I saw it myself as a child and was not traumatized by the fish shooting itself (NOTE-The fish isn't actually shown doing this act, he goes offscreen with a gun and it is implied), having seen similar scenes in other cartoons at the time (relax folks, your kids are stronger than you think-Tom and Jerry didn't turn anyone into axe-murderers and no one today is complaining about the equally gross antics of Itchy and Scratchy). If anything, the bird's callousness toward Horton and her egg concerned me more than anyhting else as while watching this as a kid.

Daisy head maysie, to me, is essentially a Seuss rewrite of The underground classic "Boy With Green Hair," although her character seems a bit more self-assured.

Likewise, the Butter Battle book is straight out of Jonathan Swift's fable about the people going to war over how to break eggs, although its considered to be a cold war fable.

Yeah, Suess sometimes actually wrote for adults.
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware Horton Hatches the Egg December 2, 2005
By S. Hill
Daisy-Head Maizie and The Butter Battle Book are excellent animated shorts based on the seuss books. But Horton Hatches the Egg is the worst animated version of a seuss book I have ever seen. My family was watching it with my 4 yr old and we were all very surprised when in the middle of it a fish character pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head. Not at all appropriate for kids!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Parrents be warned February 23, 2014
This DVD is unrated for good reason, it would never get a G rating in this day and time. In Horton Hatches the Egg a fish character pops out of the water, says that he's seen everything and proceeds to shoot himself in the head. In an earlier review I read that the fish is just seen taking the gun under water. That isn't true you see the blast (all though it isn't bloody). This dvd has certainly done my kids more harm than good and I have thrown it away, which let me tell you is no big loss.

Horton is protrayed as a lisp ridden elephant who is so simple that he believes he has to keep his promise. The wonderful themes of the book are absent from this production and I highly suggest you read the book to your children instad. (P.S. There is no Peter Lorre fish look alike in the book who kills himself). Not to mention that Horton comes across as noble and doing the right thing.

Daisy Head Mazie leaves much to be desired. It would hardly fall under the "best" of the Dr. Seuss movies. As someone who has loved Dr. Seuss movies and books for my whole life this one just fell flat. The moral is that fame is not important, but I don't think it evoked enough emotion for anyone to actually care what happened to Mazie. (Honestly the Daisy was the only likable character)

Butter Battle book is just as I remembered it as a teenager. It didn't harm my children to watch it, but they obviously didn't pick up on the cold war references. There are milder themes that they could pick up on, such as fighting is usually pretty stupid and someone should stop things before the escalate, but this is no way makes having this dvd in my house worthwhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 14, 2014
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The butter battle book is perfect for a solid Cold War lesson. There is many lesson plans for both ela and ss available online
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! March 3, 2014
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I bought this video to use in my 2nd grade classroom as we celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday. It has three cartoons and they are about 20 min each. I have a book and an activity, which go with each cartoon, so this DVD is perfect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fish Commits Suicide March 1, 2014
By Fuller
Pretty much, what everyone else said in the comments about a fish shooting himself in the head was true. Ironically enough, I didn't notice it until after right after my son's uncle had done the same thing to himself, to which my son started asking a whole bunch of questions that I didn't feel prepared to answer. We still will watch the first two shows simply because they are a childhood favorite of mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Dr. Seuss
Just as it implied, this is the best of Dr. Seuss. Kids in my class want to watch it over and over again.
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Corum
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of Dr. Seuss
I like this but was disappointed a little because there is an inappropriate scene where one of the cartoon characters took a gun and shot himself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda B
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR KIDS AT ALL!!!!!! DO NOT BUY!!!
THIS WAS A COMPULSE BUY FROM WALMART FOR STOCKINGS.. BIG MISTAKE! Shows characters committing suicide, teasing, the works!! My 2 yr old pretends to shoot himself in the head?? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sara K. Cook
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Published 7 months ago by Jim Warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Fail!
Looking at this with "adult" eyes, I might have stretched myself to give it 2 stars. However, as a kids' DVD, I would have given it a big X if there was one, but in lieu... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Dr. Suess Dvd
Love it!! My 3 month old loves Dr Seuss so I'm grateful it keeps his attention while I get ready for work.
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