The Best of Dr. Seuss

1989 NR 0h 57m DVD

The Best of Dr. Seuss

1989 NR 0h 57m DVD
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Three charming Dr. Seuss tales are collected: In "Horton Hatches the Egg," an elephant teaches kids about loyalty; a girl's crown becomes a flower garden in "Daisy-Head Mayzie"; and "The Butter Battle Book" sees the Zooks and the Yooks clashing.This animated treat features the voice talents of Tim Curry and Billy Crystal.
Henry Gibson, Fran Smith, Tim Curry, Billy Crystal
Tony Collingwood, Ray Messecar
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 4+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 4+
age 4+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that it's arguable whether this collection truly is the "best of" Dr. Seuss; it's comprised of three lesser-known cartoon versions of Theodor Geisel stories. These three tales, combined in a one-hour compilation, range in tone from light-hearted to heavy. Kids who are learning to read and nostalgic parents will like them most; "Horton Hatches the Egg" is the most kid-friendly. Preschoolers should enjoy the simplicity of the stories and the Seussian wordplay, although the dark messages, such as mutual destruction ("The Butter Battle Book"), and loneliness ("Daisy-Headed Mayzie"), will fly over their heads. Kids who have also read the books will get a special kick out of these lesser-known Seuss tales. Preteens have probably outgrown these stories, but can still appreciate them, especially as an animation sampler.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


In a throwaway gag in "Horton Hatches the Egg," a Peter Lorre look-alike fish fatally shoots himself in the head. Two lands are on the verge of disaster in the inconclusive finale of "The Butter Battle Book."


Not applicable

Social Behavior

"Horton Hatches an Egg" has a good moral, encouraging children to be like Horton and have honor and determination. All the pieces offer liberal social commentary on issues of the time.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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