Has the world been able to forget Mike Myers’ 2003 film insult — a terrible retelling of Dr. Seuss’ famous tale, The Cat in the Hat? The subject comes to mind when reading news from Deadline. The website shared that after the recent successful box office run of Dr. Seuss’… Read More
Cat in the Hat
It makes sense that Theodor Geisel — or as we know him, Dr. Seuss — was born during the dawn of spring. His colorful characters, singsong anapestic tetrameter, and bright imagination complement the season perfectly. Tomorrow the world will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in the form of Read Across America Day, when people (big and small) will be digging into their favorite Seuss stories. (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax also opens in theaters.) Although they’re primarily written for children, the author’s tales were smarter than most and often contained hidden meanings with satirical, political messages and profound humanistic meaning. His characters are the devices that bring it all to life, so we’ve chosen to spotlight a few favorites in order from best to worst. Tell us who you love below.
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Last year was chock full of great adaptations of children’s literature, from Fantastic Mr. Fox to Coraline. And while we’re always curious to see how Hollywood handles the books that defined our youth, they fail at least as often as they succeed. For some reason, perhaps because we made our parents read them to us over and over or because we adored them in our most impressionable years, we take it personally when some director neglects to do them justice. So, in hopes that the filmmakers of the future will learn something from the mistakes of the past, we’ve listed five movie adaptations that were an insult to our childhood and analyzed what we think went wrong.
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