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Live-action Seuss that doesn't suck: [Nov. 24th, 2003|01:55 pm]
Just me.
Saw "The 5,000 fingers of Dr. T" again last night (had seen it once about 5 years ago). This is a live-action Dr. Seuss from 1953, and it's nicely bizarre. An evil piano teacher plans to enslave 500 boys to simultaneously play a gigantic piano he's had built, and our hero, Bart, has to escape, free the other boys, and save his mother, who is under the influence of the evil Dr. Terwilliker. Apparently it bombed first go-around because it was just too weird for the time.

Fun things about this film:

1) surreal/brightly colored sets and costumes
2) probably unintentional gay subtext everywhere: only one woman in the entire film, a dungeon full of men, muscular un-shirted elevator operators with hoods over their heads, really gay costumes on Dr. T.
3) it's a musical!
4) Dr. T's musical number "Dress me" is obviously the lyrical and visual inspiration for Mr. Burns' "See my vest" song from the Simpsons.
5) Movie contains no awful Canadians (ie Mike Myers, Jim Carrey) hamming it up polluting the memory of Ted Geisel's work.
6) Probably influenced my favorite cult film, The Forbidden Zone (at least the sets, if not plot points).

Caveat emptor:
1) pacing's a little slow at times
2) DVD isn't widescreen and has no extra features to speak of.


PS: I didn't get this one from Netflix, though it occurs to me we've been getting a lot of G rated stuff lately (Pinnoccho, Castle in the Sky, Finding Nemo) from them. I think I should have rented these in some other order to screw with Netflix's recommendations: ie "Members who rented 'Pinocchio' also rented 'Showgirls' and 'Last house on the Left'".
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[User Picture]From: labrujah
2003-11-24 03:18 pm (UTC)
I looove the extended version of the See my Dress song. I think we watched it three times in a row.
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[User Picture]From: quelqueparte
2003-11-24 03:42 pm (UTC)
and as for the simpsons--sideshow bob's last name is terwilliger. both he and dr. terwilliker have a deep love for the classics . . .
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-11-24 10:09 pm (UTC)

i thought about pointing that out...

but I'm pretty sure that Sideshow Bob's main namesake is a major street in Portland. Still, the coincidence cannot be discounted.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2003-11-25 02:18 am (UTC)
Dr. T's musical number "Dress me" is obviously the lyrical and visual inspiration for Mr. Burns' "See my vest" song from the Simpsons.

Perhaps, but the "see my vest" song itself is a spoof of "Be Our Guest" or whatever it's called, from some Disney movie.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2003-11-25 11:56 am (UTC)
Beauty and the Beast (which I first typed as Beauty in the Beast...much sexier).
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-11-25 07:27 am (UTC)
all them digits of dr t - that is my former landlord/flatmate cd cover designing, hipster-contratrian kevin's favourite movie.

it is weird and funny.

i like the hole in the floor. mmm.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2003-11-25 11:57 am (UTC)
I LOVE The 5,000 fingers of Dr. T.

And what is up with the pickle juice?

Terrific stuff.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2003-11-25 04:44 pm (UTC)

pickle juice

Q: And what is up with the pickle juice?

A: More unintentional homoeroticism.

(yuck).



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