Dr. Seuss's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

1953 G 1h 32m DVD

Dr. Seuss's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

1953 G 1h 32m DVD
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This 1950s musical fantasy written by Dr. Seuss tells the story of Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig), who dreams up an elaborate fairy tale about his horrible piano teacher, Dr. Teriwilliker -- known as Dr. T for short. Dr. Seuss (the wonderful mind behind &NFi;Green Eggs and Ham&NFi_;, &NFi;The Cat in the Hat&NFi_; and &NFi;How the Grinch Stole Christmas&NFi_;) designed the film's fantastical sets and penned many of the songs' memorable lyrics.
Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig, John Heasley, Robert Heasley, Noel Cravat
Roy Rowland
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this isn't exactly a motivational tool if you want your kids to get into music (especially piano-playing). There's a dramatization of the now rather archaic (not to mention unhygienic) "blood brothers" kid ritual. Though it seems ridiculous that young kids could be frightened by Seuss whimsies, Stephen King (!) claimed he was terrified by one of the books -- so there. Maybe the executioner here is the scariest character, but he does nothing except sing and work an elevator to the dungeon. Though it precedes the MPAA rating system, some video versions carry a "G."

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


An order of execution by "disintegration," and a singing executioner vocalizes about various tortures, but the worst we see onscreen is a kick in the shins (and two characters who evidently die just because their bizarre beard is trimmed). A threatened explosion.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Bart is just a regular kid who would like to play ball and with his dog; he's not angelic and he's not Bart Simpson either. There's a faint sense of old-school thought about his widowed single mom; she ought to be married, lest she fall victim to someone like Dr. T.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Zabladowsky gets up the nerve to fight the twin guards by imbibing "pickle juice," a Seussian metaphor for alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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