Related Videos

Dr. Seuss: From Books to Film

VO: Rebecca Brayton
His fun and imaginative characters with silly rhymes have gone from the pages in his novels, to the stars of television specials and the silver screen. The winner of countless awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, this author wrote over 44 world-renowned children's classics that continue to be enjoyed by children today. In fact, their works are best known for their bizarre characters, unconventional use of rhyme, and imaginative illustrations. Due to their incredible popularity and timeless nature, they have been translated to film several times. In this video, WatchMojo.com takes a look at the film adaptations of the popular children's books by Dr. Seuss.
Share
WatchMojo

You must register to a corporate account to download this video. Please login

Transcript

Dr. Seuss: From Books To Film


His fun and imaginative characters with silly rhymes have gone from the pages in his novels, to the stars of television specials and the silver screen. Welcome to Watchmojo.com, and today we will be taking a look at the film adaptations of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss's books.

Born on March 2nd, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. His friends know him as Ted, but the world came to know this American cartoonist and writer of children’s books under his pen name, “Dr. Seuss.”

The winner of countless awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, this author wrote over 44 world-renowned children's classics that continue to be enjoyed by children today.

Dr. Seuss’ works are best known for their bizarre characters, unconventional use of rhyme, and imaginative illustrations. Due to their incredible popularity and timeless nature, it was just a matter of time before they were translated to film.

Sadly, with the exception of television specials (Editor: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, 1966), this would only happen years after Dr. Seuss' death in 1991.

Starting a wave of film adaptations in 2000 was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, starring Jim Carrey. Staring as the mean and cynical Grinch, he tries to destroy Christmas for the town of Who-Ville. Miraculously, the live-action film’s set, makeup and artwork stayed true to the original 1957 novel.

In 2003 another attempt to bring the charm of Dr. Seuss' characters to the cinema was attempted with “The Cat in the Hat”. The Cat, played by Mike Myers, visits two bored kids, Sally and Conrad to help them have fun. However, he soon causes a ton of trouble in the process. Sadly, this film adaptation strayed too far from the original story and disappointed Dr. Seuss' widow and his fans alike.

Even though his widow vowed that there would not be another film adaptation from her husband's books, in 2008 “Horton Hears a Who”, a computer generated animated feature hit the silver screen. Using stylized and colorful CGI, the film faithfully re-told the tale of Horton, an elephant on a mission to protect the microscopic community.
This film’s success brought back hope that the charm and success of Dr. Seuss novels could be respectfully taken from their iconic pages, and properly translated to film.

As a result, “Lorax Speaks for the Trees”, a tale about the plight for the environment was given its own film adaptation for a 2012 release.
Comments

Sign in to access this feature

Related Blogs