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DIY Seuss Film Fest

By Jackie Burrell
Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 11:15 am in Movies.

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Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, and the whole nation is gearing up for Read Across America — that coast-to-coast school read-a-thon. We’re all in favor of reading, particularly when the literary material is so rhymically, rhymingly fabulous. But if you’re in the mood for a DIY Dr. Seuss film fest too, here are a few suggestions…

Horton Hears a Who DVD Horton Hears a Who – An animated Whoville springs to life in this 2008 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s 1954 book classic starring Jim Carrey as Horton, the lovable elephant, and Steve Carrell as Whoville’s Mayor. Watch the original cartoon version and compare.

The Cat in the Hat – In this 2003 live action remake, Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning play the bored sibs who get a visit from the notorious Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) and Things #1 and 2. And OK, this one got pretty dreadful reviews, but it pulled in more than $100 million at the box office, so it must have some redeeming qualities. (We’re just really partial to the old cartoon version.)

How the Grinch Stole ChristmasThe Grinch Who Stole Christmas – Sorry, Jim Carrey. There will never be another Grinch flick as grinchily splendid as the original cartoon version, narrated by horror great Boris Karloff. But if you really must, we suppose you can watch the 2000 remake starring Carrey, Christine Baranski and, in the role of Cindy Lou Who, Taylor Momsen, back when she was sweet … before she started channeling Gossip Girl’s uber irritating, raccoon-eyed, fashion designer wannabe.

Or try In Search of Dr. Seuss In this 1994 live action/animated combo, a reporter (played by Kathy Najimy) travels through a Seuss-like world in search of the author of “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Horton Hears a Who” and other beloved tales. Najimy is joined by a cast including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Christopher Lloyd and Patrick Stewart.

OK, now it’s your turn. Did we miss anything?

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