But what of live action adaptations? Can the somewhat Daliesque worlds of Dr. Seuss be brought into theaters with actual actors and sets? With the advent of modern special effects, improved make-up artistry and computer generated images one would think this is no problem, but you would be wrong.
Oh so very wrong.
"None shall pass."
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T was directed by Roy Rowland and produced by the great Stanley Kramer and remains the only movie written for the screen by Dr. Seuss, and that is a shame. Theodore Seuss Geisel wanted to make a movie that would take into account "Themes of world dominance and oppression coming out of World War II” and the result was a whimsically fun story about a boy and his evil piano teacher.
Or a boy and his beanie.
"Ten Happy Fingers"
The Widow and the Plumber.
Bart finds out from August that his mother is at the institute and currently in the Number Two spot and seems to be running things for D. Terwilliker.
“Dr. Terwilliker does not believe in baseballs, golf balls, basketballs or tennis balls, ping-pong balls, snowballs, croquet balls or hockey pucks. Dr. Terwilliker believes only in the piano!”
Terwilliker finds out that Bart has not returned to his cell and immediately orders he be found and sent to the dungeon.
Searching for Bart.
Doctor Caligari was clearly an architect here.
Ladder to nowhere.
Note: There were originally 18 songs but wisely nine of them were cut out. *shudder*
Musical numbers on acid.
Hans Conried, genius!
Thank you Theodore Geisel, wherever you are.