In Search of Dr. Seuss
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In Search of Dr. Seuss (DVD)
The story of Seuss's life is animatedly told via celebrity skits, music and animated clips from many of Seuss's best-loved stories. Cast includes Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, Kathy Najimy, David Paymer and more. Adults will love the biographical/factual content while children of all ages will be entertained by the characters, animation, music and humor.]]>
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The writers and producers behind the film brought together a great, near-perfect cast; all character actors, really good actors, and no show-offs. Sixteen years ago, I would NOT have recognized Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: TNG) as Sergeant Mulvaney, or Christopher Lloyd as Mr. Hunch. Though, it would have introduced Kathy Najimy as well as Matt Frewer, Russ Thompson from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Of course, when I finally saw it for the first time, it was a thrill to see and hear Robin Williams read "The Cat in the Hat." Robin is not alone. Even Kathy Najimy brought (and brings) something to the reading of "The Sneetches" and "Horton Hatches the Egg." The one that really stuck (and sticks every time) is Yertle the Turtle. The set design was also impressive beyond words. It was just how Seuss's fictional world looked.
The entire cast of Seuss characters, while being colorful and musical and living the stories they are written in, contribute to the telling of the life story of Ted Geisel himself. There were a lot of things about Geisel that I did not even know before I saw the movie. I am honestly amazed at how Geisel was able to channel all of his perspectives and surroundings times he was living in into his books. It is also amazing how I NEVER knew or appreciated the morals and values that were in Seuss's stories. They are still relevant to this very day. Kids today can read all the Hunger Games they want, but introduce them at an early age to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which is my favorite, or "Yertle the Turtle," and who knows?
The only down-side is that there are no behind-the-scenes featurettes to show how the movie was made. Oh, well. It is the thought that counts, right?
I saw it as a 4 year old when it aired but when I re-watched it so many times, I retained a surprising amount about what this movie teaches about him at a young age. I learned about how he created his ideas and what certain stories like Yertle the Turtle and the Sneetches were inspired from.
I think what made this documentary most special to me was the actors they had in it. Kathy Najimy and Matt Frewer (as the Cat in the Hat) were both really well cast here and since we mainly follow them through. Both seemed to be really enthusiastic and energetic in their roles and even when they got to parts that were either very heavy subject manner or heavy on information they still make it fun and interesting but also not too hard for children to understand. In fact I get the impression that all the actors involved had a deep respect for the work of Dr. Seuss. And speaking of heavy subject matter, I have to applaud In Search of Dr. Seuss for tackling topics from Ted Geisel's life that you might not expect a kids' movie to point out, such as his work before and during World War 2, they handled it very well and I like that the DVD comes with the classic short Private Snafu as an extra. It was a nice inclusion and it's always been one of my favorite wartime cartoons since it was aimed at soldiers and made its point of keeping your confidential information private important but also very humorous and witty.
I'd recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about Ted Geisel and for parents whose children love to read or be read a Seuss story because this will definitely be a blast for them.
Let's see: starring Matt Frewer and Kathy Najimy with roles played by Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Stewart, David Paymer, Andrea Martin, Billy Crystal, Andrae Crouch, Howie Mandel, Robin Williams, and Eileen Brennan, in addition to all the archive historical stuff.
Watch it. Enjoy it! Pass it along. I don't think this every really got enough notice from the general public, but it is WELL worth watching and owning and use as a teaching tool even. ...A very encouraging story.
It is such a great film, and it shows where Dr Seuss came from, and seeing as he is the author of some of my favourite children stories, it can be seen as perfect edu-tainment.
For all ages to enjoy!! :)
Very very happy :)