Blu-ray review: 'Dr. Seuss' Deluxe Edition The Cat in the Hat'

The impishly clever and stylishly dressed feline that became Theodor Geisel's signature character makes his jaunty Blu-ray bow with “Dr. Seuss' Deluxe Edition The Cat in the Hat,” a rerelease of the 1971 TV cartoon based on the good doctor's brilliantly written children's book.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 24, 2012
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The impishly clever and stylishly dressed feline that became Theodor Geisel's signature character makes his jaunty Blu-ray bow with “Dr. Seuss' Deluxe Edition The Cat in the Hat.”

To be clear, I'm not talking about the kitty-litter stink bomb that Mike Myers and director Bo Welch dropped with their 2003 live-action feature that allegedly adapted the good doctor's ingeniously written reading primer. That travesty of a movie was about as much fun as hacking up a hairball, so even though it is available in Blu-ray — in case you want to watch your childhood be shamefully defiled in crystalline high-definition — I'm not counting it and you can't make me.

Fortunately, I'm referring to Warner Bros' new two-disc Blu-ray and DVD repackaging of the 1971 “The Cat in the Hat” animated TV special.

The tuneful retelling of Seuss' buoyant children's story is the latest vintage television cartoon based on Geisel's books to get a high-definition debut in the wake of the blockbuster success of the animated feature films “Horton Hears a Who” and “The Lorax.”

Seuss actually penned the teleplay to “The Cat in the Hat” TV special and produced it along with Chuck Jones, best known for his contributions to the Looney Tunes canon. The 25-minute short has an unbridled zaniness that Bugs Bunny would appreciate, as Seuss' famously slim tale of a charismatic, 6-foot-tall, top hat-wearing cat who brings a bit of chaos and magic to two children's rainy afternoon turns into a musical search for a bizarrely named family heirloom.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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