Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Allan Sherman, Hans Conried, Paul Winchell, Bob Holt, Gary Shapiro
Director: Hawley Pratt & Gerard Baldwin
Series: a Dr. Seuss collection
Release Date: 7 October 2003
Length: 52 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: DVD
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“Zany children’s lit character Sam-I-Am serves up an adorable version of Dr. Seuss‘s Green Eggs and Ham in this cartoon special full of fun songs, tongue-tying poetry and life lessons of tolerance, courage, humility and selflessness. Includes three additional stories: “The Sneetches,” “The Zax” and the Emmy Award-winning “Grinch Night,” which explains what happens when the Grinch comes to Whoville.” — Netflix.com
“The Sneetches” – The star-bellied Sneetches think that they are a lot better than the plain-bellied Sneetches and refuse to mingle with them. So when a stranger comes into town with a machine that can apply stars on the bellies of Sneetches, all of the plain-bellied Sneetches rush to get a green star on their bellies! Of course, then the star-bellied Sneetches don’t want a star anymore, so they pay for removal. They keep getting and removing stars until all of the Sneetches are out of money and the stranger leaves. This cartoon is adorable and has some great little songs in it. It also features a wonderful message about how no one is better than anyone else and we all have the same amount of worth – no matter what we look like!
“The Zax” – Two stubborn Zax refuse to step an inch off of their paths so neither one can pass and continue on their journey. A silly story about being stubborn and unwilling to make a small compromise, but a good lesson to learn when young. This cartoon is really short and not a lot happens, but it is just kind of there in the middle of the collection.
“Green Eggs and Ham” – The beloved children’s book is animated and made into a fun cartoon for younger children to enjoy. The persistent Sam-I-Am tries to get another to try a new food, but, of course, he does not want to try it. Children will enjoy the silly rhymes and outlandish situations Sam puts the other in. Hopefully they will also be persuaded to try new food items and realize that they do like new foods sometimes – they just have to try it!
This DVD also contains a featurette called “Grinch Night” that you can select separately from the other three.
“Ginch Night” – When the sour sweet wind blows, it disrupts the pond, which disrupts the creatures who live by the pond, which disrupts the Grinch, who takes a wagon full of tricks to the town of Whoville to torment the Whos. When one intrepid young who named Ukaraiah gets lost in the storm, can he survive his encounter with the Grinch? This cartoon feature is kind of dark and scary, but is chock full of songs. The Grinch is doing his best to scare everyone so there are lots of creatures, sudden movements and unusual characters and backgrounds used. Smaller children will probably not like this cartoon, but older children might. It is not as cute or fun as most of Dr. Seuss’ cartoons and is one of my least liked, but it is still unusual and creative.
I usually watch these specials at Christmastime because ABC Family shows them during their 25 Days of Christmas so it was fun to watch them on DVD and share them with some of my nieces and nephews who hadn’t seen them before. My favorite is “The Sneetches” because the music is adorable and it is just a fun, cute cartoon. The other ones are good, too, but that one is by far the best on the DVD. The special features on the disc even let you pick out songs that you liked instead of watching the whole cartoon again, which is great if your children like cartoons with lots of music. This is a fun, silly rental that kids of all ages will have a fun time watching.
“Grinch Night” is a little intense so really young viewers might get scared. The other cartoons are bright, colorful and appropriate for viewers of any age. For “Grinch Night” I would recommend it for children ages 3 and up.