Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
lara7

Live-action Seuss that doesn't suck:

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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