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Monday
Mar102008

Welcome MSNBC.com Readers

...and many thanks to those of you who were already here and shared your reactions on all things Seuss. I totally talked about you!

P.S. Drew Carey article people, thanks for stopping in as well.  Have a glass.

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Reader Comments (4)

"You can pay Jim Carrey 2.5 mil, but he’s just not Daddy. "

You hit that nail right in the head :-)

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Personally, I think Boris Karloff's voice was what made the Grinch cartoon great. Jim Carrey was just not the same.

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

I think the reason why the Jones/Seuss "Grinch" collaboration has embedded itself in our cultural landscape while their "Horton" didn't is simply because we're nostalgia fiends around Christmas and zeitgeist-chasers the rest of the year.

It's the same reason why "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" is on year after year as well. Yeah, I know, there's the Great Pumpkin special, too, but it doesn't carry nearly the same clout.

I refuse to believe that neither Jones/Seuss nor Schulz and whoever produced the "Peanuts" TV specials couldn't catch that lightning in a bottle more than once.

I was almost worried you wouldn't mention The Lorax at all, but you squeezed him in at the last sentence. Go you! It took me forever to go from "kid-viewing" mode with that cartoon to actually understand the "don't pollute" message, but I totally used it for a college philosophy paper. Go me!

I think that the Seuss books just lend themselves better to animation rather than live-action. As you said, a 100 word book is tough to stretch into a 2 hour feature and much easier to put into a 45 minute TV special. Go figure. Though of the more complicated movies, the stab at Grinch was the best, even though it won't ever achieve "Christmas Tradition" coverage like the cartoon.

March 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPyromaniac Pyrate
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