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Mr Magic
The Cat in the Hat was a childhood favorite book among so many.

In 1971, Dr. Seuss teamed up with animation virtuosos Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng to produce the TV special, which imo, is a winner. A pure, bonafide winner.







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I remembered watching this quite a bit when I was younger. I really enjoyed watching this special!
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Mr Magic
Yes, Seuss, Jones and Freleng were quite the team.
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Vaporman87

I was more enthralled by the “Sneetches” short.

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Remember, broadcast television followed the same formula as radio. When adapting a children's story to television make it a musical then you can add songs to "pad out" the length of the show. Dr. Seuss stories are a bit thin on narrative and make an excellent case for musical additions





My favorite song is "Calculatus Eliminatus", that was the point where the house was starting to turn upside down, to the dismay of the party pooping pet fish.

Here's a still from the close of the song:


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Mr Magic
The song that made math fun lol.
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Way better than that poor excuse of a film with Mike Myers we don't talk about (Dr Seuss was tossing in his grave so badly when that one came out, the executor of his estate withdrew any and all permission for future live action Seuss films. Too bad they didn't say the same thing about those horrendous cgi films) 



 



Anyway, I like how in the original special, the talking goldfish dude guy calls the feds on The Cat in the Hat lol


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Fun fact: Did you ever hear an old Comedy song from years ago called Hello Maddah and Faddah Camp Granada? The guy who wrote that song voiced The Cat in the Hat. The guy's name, Allen Sherman


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 Did you ever see The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat (Copyright 1983, Marvel Productions)? It was a follow up special from the early 1980's. It was done by Marvel Productions after Isadore Friz Freleng and David H. Depatie sold their animation studio to Mr Marvel Comics himself years before he was a mainstream pop culture stable (listen to me talk about mainstream like some ironically mainstream lame-o hipster lol) Stan Lee whom was looking to acquire their studio rebranding and eventually folding it as Marvel Productions (the studio was already doing superhero cartoons for Marvel anyway like Spider-Woman and that crummy The New Fantastic Four cartoon with Herbie the Robot in lieu of The Human Torch, so Stan figured why not?). It's about how The Grinch looks at himself in the mirror only to have his reflection tell him to be mean and nasty. He does this mostly by harassing The Cat in the Hat (whom eventually loses it and no joke, calls The Grinch a psychopath. Best part of the special imo). The special was good for what it was in spite of Karloff and Sherman (the original voices of The Grinch and the Cat in the Hat) being looooooooooooooong since dead by 1983. Alternate titles also included The Grinch Meets the Cat in the Hat, and The Grinch Vs The Cat in the Hat (How appropriate consider the name of the studio that worked on it lol). Anyway, it's worth a watch. Especially to hear The Cat in the Hat be all like "That Grinch! That... THAT PSYCHOPATHIC GRINCH!!!" I really hope to God Illumination Entertainment (guys what invented Minions (Copyright 2016, Illumination Entertainment) (you know, those yellow capsule looking things that are both creepy and annoying) never remakes the special. Especially since they're already spitting on the Good Dr's grave with their lackluster cgi Seuss films



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By the way, Vaporman, if you see this (quote button is broken), since you brought it up, The Sneetches short was from the 1973 tv special Dr Seuss on the Loose (Copyright 1973, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises) which showed 3 shorts: The Sneetches, Green Eggs and Ham, and I don't remember the other one, but I remember way back when, TNT (Turner Network Television or as I now call it, the 24 Hr Law &/or Order (Copyright 1990, Wolf Films in association with NBCUniversal Television Distribution) Channel. I sometimes get the 'Member Berries for the channel it used to be) and sometimes TBS (Turner Broadcasting Service, also used to be an awesome channel way back when) used to show Dr. Seuss on the Loose every other weekend in the mid 1990's because I remember the Green Eggs and Ham short fondly



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