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The Best of Dr. Seuss

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Dr. Seuss: Best of Dr. Seuss, The

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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  • Directors: Chuck Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1O9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,242 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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Starting out as an editorial writer for his views on isolationism and militarism during WWII, Dr. Seuss' political cartoons of the 1940s are used in classrooms of general and higher education across the world. His works are referenced beyond the history class - into all of the Social Sciences as well as English and Lit courses. As a mother, there is a value of Dr. Seuss' works that are for children, and there are many more that are beyond the children section of your public library. It is similar to popular shows of our childhoos like Ren and Stimpy, Simpsons, South Park - animation does not appropriate tv for kids make. Neither does colorful pictures and sing-song paragraphs. Of course the tales in these movies is not intended for a younger audience 100%, but there is no shame on Dr. Seuss for his legacy. The political mindfulness and focus was the purpose of his tales, cleverly hidden within silly names, characters, made-up words, and unreal sketches. Why 4-stars then? Simply the audio quality of the DVD is not the best. I understand it derived from an original VHS format, but with all of the digital sound options and editing we have available to us these days, I was expecting the voices to be clearer, especially in a classroom setting.
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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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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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By Amber on November 15, 2013
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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 thereof, I am giving it 1. Reading the other reviews, I was obviously not the only one who believed this was a kids' DVD! It is NOT! But even as adult entertainment, it leaves much to be desired.
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I am stunned that the Suess people would allow this version of "Horton Hatches the Egg." Why on Earth would you add a fish shooting itself in the head with a gun (with a very loud bang) in the middle of a video for children? This is NOT in the story. Is it some kind of sick joke by the animators? I wish I had read the reviews for this video first.
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