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12-07-03, 09:56 PM
We all know why this movie came out...because of the success that the Grinch had. Well, I don't mind that, it might be a pretty good movie. The only thing I can't friggin' stand are the commercials. Must every damn thing rhyme? It is @#$%ing ridiculous. So far I have seen a commercial for Sierra Myst, Lays chips, Burger King, and some cleaning product I think?? Wow, rhyming products with other things sure makes me want to buy them more than before, how about you guys?
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12-07-03, 10:11 PM
All comercials annoy me :"> Salyvan Ticklefingers and Gaenaria - A dangerous toy. This toy is being made for the extreme priority the good looks. The little part which suffocates when the sharp part which gets hurt is swallowed is contained generously. Only the person who can take responsibility by itself is to play.
12-07-03, 10:15 PM
And what's up with the Cat in the Hat all over the Post Office? They're not selling Cat in the Hat stamps, just using the image to advertise their priority shipping and such. Did Hollywood and the US Postal Service strike a deal?
I'm totally baffled by it. ::Emitpan fingers the silver ring she keeps deep within her pocket::
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12-07-03, 10:43 PM
You know for some reason every time I see the commercials that cat inexplicably creeps me out.. No clue why.
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Burget king comercial was good, the girl was cute. Reminds me of someone, although I can't find a name for her
12-08-03, 12:16 AM
Everything has to rhyme cause Dr Seuss wrote everything in rhymes... Think about it.
BTW, Dr Seuss also disliked children and was a blatant, out and out racist towards the Japanese. Take that into consideration =)
12-08-03, 01:02 AM
They so shouldn't charge full price for an hour and 15 minute movie.
12-08-03, 01:45 AM
The Grinch was a success?
I know the old cartoon kicks ass, but the one with Jim Carey, was horrible. Probably in my top 10 worst movies every if I actually got around to making it.
Completely butchered everything that was cool about The Grinch.
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12-08-03, 02:03 AM
I seem to recall the post office having grinch stuff up (concerning holiday package shipping, I suppose) when that movie came out too.
12-08-03, 04:10 AM
Since when was their version of The Grinch a "success" in any way besides the typical "suck-movie + loads of advertiesment = profit"
I don't even want to see what kind of horrors they inflict on The Cat in the Hat.
12-08-03, 06:00 AM
As I am always curious, what is your source Ten Evenings?
12-08-03, 06:19 AM
I'll back up Ten Evenings since I just watched a rather long television biography of Theodore Seuss Giesel this weekend...
He did a LOT of cartoons of Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito during WWII, as well as WWII US Army training films in conjunction with Chuck Jones. These did not paint a flattering picture of Germans, Italians, or Japanese, much like the rest of the nation's war propaganda at the time.
His career was rather extensive before he even wrote his first children's book, which I believe was the one where Horton hatches the Egg. He wrote and illustrated for advertising "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" and adult humor magazines.
He never had children due to his first wife's barreness due to an illness, and friends and family noted that he was never all that fond of children, even when he had to be around them due to his occupation. This didn't stop him from writing for them.
The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham were written as challenges - he was given a list of words that he was allowed to use. They became two of the most beloved children's books for early readers. (Back In Black)
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12-08-03, 06:21 AM
For the (possible source regarding) racism, see 'Dr. Seuss Goes to War'. Seuss drew a TON of political cartoons, though I don't know enough about him to validate the racism clame at all. He didn't exactly draw great depictions of Hitler either. A lot of the propaganda in the WW2 era had similar steriotypical images of Japanese.
12-08-03, 06:51 AM
Given the era I would take the 'racism' with a grain of salt. Pearl harbor had just been bombed, everyone hated the Japanese.
I suppose 20 years from now some members of our generation could be called a racist for how we have portrayed Iraquis, or their leaders. But we all know that is not true.
As for not liking kids, maybe they simply reminded him he would never have any. You can not be fond of children and still be very good with them. I think without knowing the guy he may have loved children, and just been bitter that he would never have any of his own.
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12-08-03, 07:57 AM
Here's a link to A&E's Biographyon Dr. Seuss
But, I think the biography I saw was on E! or History Channel or something like that... looking to see if I can find it. It wasn't the most flattering television biography I've seen, the people being interviewed were being pretty candid about the man behind the Cat.
12-08-03, 09:28 AM
I saw the Cat in the Hat this weekend, and I can't figure out why the reviews have been so incredibly bad. It was fairly entertaining, and my nephew really enjoyed it. Alec Baldwin was really entertaining. The "inappropriate humor" was subtle enough that no kids are going to get what they are talking about.
I want to know what happened, Dr. Seuss kicks the bucket and immediately they start making horrible, horrible live action Dr. Seuss movies. If it's his heirs that are the ones who sold out they should die in the face x 2.
12-08-03, 10:48 AM
It's his 2nd wife (his first wife, who was chronically ill for most of her life anyway, committed suicide after learning that he'd fallen in love with another woman, whom he married afterwards, even though he didn't technically cheat on his wife) that allowed the two recent live-action movies to be produced.
Mr. Geisel didn't ever want to deal with Hollywood after the committee production fiasco of "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T". I think he'd be rolling in his grave after what I saw done with "Grinch". He was even a bit reluctant to go in with his old colleague Chuck Jones on the TV cartoon production of "Grinch", but he liked how Chuck Jones handled the story, so allowed it.
He was also, like Bill Watterson after him, rather opposed to the cheap commercial merchandising of his beloved characters. He's probably doing double-backflips under his tombstone with how The Cat is being used to market everything from hamburgers to cleaning products - plus the cheap plastic toys that are coming out of the deal...
I suppose in today's increasingly media-centric world, the kids have to have some other incentive to read Dr. Seuss books other than that they are just fun romps of words and images.
Green Eggs & Ham is still my favorite.
12-08-03, 07:45 PM
It was very strange, I read "Dr. Suess Goes To War", and he had a lot of cartoons about how the black and Jewish population of the US were being under used for war labor, but then at the same time he had cartoons of Japanese Americans in California looking across the ocean with telescopes, bombs in hand, with captions like 'Waiting for the Signal From the Homeland'.
Racism being popular at the time doesnt make it not racism, imo.
12-09-03, 12:15 AM
I had a Dr. Suess 'coffee table' book for a while and lemme tell ya, it was certianly not anything you'd want your kids looking at~ hehe
And you thought Geiger or Olivia did "erotic imaging"...you ain't seen nothing yet til you've seen Dr. Suess try it. Pretty creepy really...
I forgot the name of the book at the moment though. If you want a conversation piece, I'd recommend picking it up. It's just an art book of his that was released about 2 years ago, give or take.
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12-09-03, 03:41 AM
"The Secret Art of Dr. Suess" is the coffee table youre talkin about.
12-09-03, 12:49 PM
havent seen the cat in the hat but wtf why did they pick a short fat guy to play the cat?
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Quote:wtf why did they pick a short fat guy to play the cat?
This has been my question ever since I heard about it.
12-09-03, 07:51 PM
Damn, no Sprokets movie?! Sh*t, I never heard about that. That coulda been great.
12-10-03, 06:17 AM
People consider Mike Myers fat now? Good lord, get the jaws of life now. He must be pushing 180 lbs.
12-11-03, 03:28 AM
look at the freaking cat! hes plump like santa clause. the Cat from the books is tall and skinny as hell. the costume makes him look fat, I dont think hes overweight, well not to call him fat anyway.
even though I suppose I just did...but yeah whatever the cat should be tall and skinny not short and fat, and thats THAT!