Hold onto your Jingtinglers, we’ve rounded up the best Dr. Seuss Movies!
Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse? We love Dr. Seuss adaptations in more ways than we can count! From simply drawn cartoon television specials to technologically advanced computer renderings, we can’t get enough of the children’s author’s works brought to life! Dr. Seuss is known for his quirky line drawings, made up language and catchy rhymes. To get ready for the newest version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we’ve rounded up the best of the best brought to the small screen and big below! One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, read on for the full dish!
5. The Cat in the Hat (1971)
Don’t confuse this 30 minute TV special (okay, it’s short, but it wasn’t an episode of a series so we’re calling it a movie) with the 2003 film starring Mike Myers! We enjoy both adaptations, but the simply drawn cartoon is a classic we will forever cherish! The animated children’s show is utterly charming in every way. The off-the-wall rhyming scheme is present as Cat in the Hat and the two children, Sally and Conrad, search for the Cat’s missing “moss-covered three-handled family gredunza.” The hijinks that ensue are classic Seuss and remain pretty true to the original plot of the book. Thirty years after airing on CBS, this masterpiece of children’s entertainment was re-released on DVD. Now if you’ll excuse us, the family goldfish, Karlos K. Krinklebine, demands we get back to watching one of our favorite shows!
4. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (2008)
While we loved the 1970’s short cartoon of the same name, the full-length feature film starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell really takes the cake for us! In this book to film adaption, no one believes Horton, a precocious pachyderm, that there’s an entire world on a speck of dust. Horton must protect the speck containing Whoville from the evil Vlad and a boiling vat of beezlenut oil. We enjoy getting a full 86 minutes of strange Dr. Seuss lingo like “Symphonophone,” an instrument invented by the littlest Who of all, JoJo. The wholesome movie remains true to the book’s heartwarming message: a person’s a person, no matter how small.
3 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
We have to give it to Jim Carrey, he did a great job as the green, stinky, hairy, grouchy, cave-dwelling Grinch! Released at the dawn of the new millennium, Ron Howard’s take on the classic book (then TV cartoon), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, brought the Who universe to life as a live action movie. This Christmas comedy did so well, it paved the way for the future Dr. Seuss full-length feature films on our list! It also doesn’t hurt that little Taylor Momsen stole our hearts as Cindy Lou Who!
2. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (2012)
First published as a children’s book in 1971, The Lorax was reimagined by Chris Renaud as a computer animated film in 2012. In this modern-day retelling, Ted, a 12-year-old boy, tries to impress the girl of his dreams with a living tree. He meets the Once-ler who tells him the story of environmental destruction due to corporate greed. The speaker for the trees, The Lorax, leaves behind a cryptic message the Once-ler must uncover to save the environment and their world. Spoiler alert! The Once-ler finally realizes “Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, things aren’t going to get better. They’re not.”
1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Did you ever get deja vu? Did you ever get deja vu? Just kidding! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is so quintessentially Dr. Seuss we just had to include it twice! For us, Boris Karloff will absolutely forever and always be the voice of the Grinch no matter how many remakes are made! Your heart must be two sizes too small if you don’t love the classic TV cartoon. It’s what we look forward to every holiday season! Keep your jingtinglers, tartookas and whohoopers, we just want to snuggle up with Max the dog and watch our favorite Dr. Seuss adaption of all time!