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tonyboy85  
#1 Posted : Monday, January 5, 2015 10:47:39 AM(UTC)
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Poster's note: This is a revived IAD thread, originally posted on the old IAD forums.
To visit the old version of this thread, click on this link:

http://www.intanibase.co...m/index.php?topic=1817.0



Created & posted by tonyboy85 on:
March 22, 2014, 12:40:43 pm.


[ The text I wrote here is written
in rhyme (except for the facts, the film & tv timeline, & the P.S. text),
because.. well.. it's about Dr. Seuss! ]


Walt Disney, Jim Henson & Salvador Dali are masters of imagination,
& one of them is Dr. Seuss, he's a creative sensation.
A great children's book author, his books are remarkable,
his whimsical art & fantastic poetry have made these books unbelievable.
(actually, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" &
"The King's Stilts" are written in prose, not poetry)

Dr. Seuss's weird & imaginative world
is beloved by many nations' young boys & girls.
But he's not just the creator of the fantasy beyond,
there's also other things he have worked on:
a comic strip, magazines, advertisements & political cartoons too,
& the WW2 Warner Bros. cartoon series named "Private Snafu".
Also wonderful in the history of Dr. Seuss, as you'll see,
is that his imagination comes to life in animated films & tv.
This toon line-up including ones from our childhood memories
begins in the 1940's & 1950's,
the early cartoons by Bob Clampett, George Pal & UPA
forshadows that Dr. Seuss will have a big animated legacy someday.
& in 1966, the legacy starts to grow enormous
when the TVs are airing "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!".
& from that year on, the world's getting more Seuss toons than before,
with well-remembered characters & make-believe regions galore.
& Chuck Jones, Ralph Bakshi, Hanna-Barbera & DePatie-Freleng
have made tv specials that leaves people with good feelings.
& the Blue Sky Studios version of "Horton Hears a Who!"
is a funny & wonderful movie adaption, it's true!
The history of Dr. Seuss toons have come a long way,
& we'll always enjoy watching the animated Seuss-ness anyday!


The Dr. Seuss Animated Film & TV Timeline

[1942] WB's Merrie Melodies: "Horton Hatches The Egg" - Directed by Bob Clampett (4/11/1942)

[1943] George Pal's Madcap Models: "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" - Directed by George Pal (4/30/1943)

[1944] George Pal's Puppetoons: "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" - Directed by George Pal (7/28/1944)

[1951] UPA's Jolly Frolics: "Gerald McBoing Boing" - Directed by Robert Cannon & John Hubley (1/25/1951)

[1966] MGM: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" - Directed by Chuck Jones & Ben Washam (12/18/1966)

[1970] MGM: "Horton Hears a Who!" - Directed by Chuck Jones & Ben Washam (3/19/1970)

[1971] DFE: "The Cat In The Hat" - Directed by Hawley Pratt, Produced by Chuck Jones,
Executive Producer: Friz Freleng (3/10/1971)

[1972] DFE: "The Lorax" - Directed by Hawley Pratt, Produced by Friz Freleng (2/14/1972)

[1973] DFE: "Dr. Seuss On The Loose" - Directed by Hawley Pratt, Produced by Friz Freleng (10/15/1973)

[1975] DFE: "The Hoober-Bloob Highway" - Directed by Alan Zaslove, Produced by Friz Freleng (2/19/1975)

[1977] DFE: "Halloween is Grinch Night" - Directed by Gerard Baldwin, Executive Producer: Friz Freleng (10/29/1977)

[1980] DFE: "Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?" - Directed by Gerard Baldwin,
Executive Producer: Friz Freleng (5/2/1980)

[1982] DFE: "The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat" - Directed by Bill Perez, Produced by Friz Freleng (5/20/1982)

[1989] Ralph Bakshi: "The Butter Battle Book" - Directed & Produced by Ralph Bakshi (11/13/1989)

[1995] Hanna-Barbera: "Daisy-Head Mayzie" - Directed by Tony Collingwood,
Studio Leadership: Fred Seibert, William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (2/5/1995)

[2008] Blue Sky Studios: "Horton Hears a Who!" - Directed by Jimmy Hayward & Steve Martino,
Executive Producer: Chris Wedge (3/3/2008)



(The Illumination Entertainment version of "The Lorax" from 2012 was not included in this timeline listing,
because it was not as good as the original 1971 book & the 1972 animated version.)

(There was also a motion-capture CG animated version of Dr. Seuss's "My Many Colored Days" in
"Notes Alive! : Dr. Seuss's My Many Colored Days".)

(There was also 2 Dr. Seuss TV shows, the puppet-type "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996)"
by The Jim Henson Company (I think puppeteering is technically "animation"), &
the flash-animated "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (2010)"
by Collingwood O'Hare Productions & Portfolio Entertainment.)





Both in literature & animation,
we'll always be going in odd directions
in the world of
Dr. Seuss's unusual imagination!,
from there to here,
from here to there,
funny things
are everywhere!


P.S.
Since it's 2014, & it is March (Dr. Seuss is born in 3/2/1904),
I'am going to say this:
Happy 110th Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Edited by user Saturday, January 10, 2015 6:06:00 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Fixed the link.

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#2 Posted : Monday, January 5, 2015 11:03:38 AM(UTC)
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Reply by Mister Bighead on: March 22, 2014, 02:24:47 pm.

This is a nice tribute to such a revolutionary artist and writer. I never thought about making a Dr. Seuss animated filmography.




Reply by Gasmask Ted on: March 25, 2014, 05:32:31 pm.

http://www.cartoonbrew.c...the-whole-seuss-120.html
"There is much information on Geisel’s Hollywood writing – including the lost 1931 Flit films Put On The Spout and ‘Neath The Bababa Tree(both released by Warner Bros.)"




Reply by tonyboy85 on: April 11, 2014, 12:38:43 pm.

The crew responsible for the production of
the WW2 Warner Bros. cartoon series
"Private Snafu" are:
Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones,
Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin
&... Dr. Seuss!

Here are the 2 "Private Snafu" cartoons
that Dr. Seuss have worked on.

These cartoons are
posted to YouTube by
the US National Archives.



"Spies" - Directed by Chuck Jones (1943)


"Rumors" - Directed by Friz Freleng (1943)





Reply by tonyboy85 on: August 17, 2014, 11:40:34 am.

Here is Randall Cyrenne's 2008 retrospective
about Dr. Seuss's animation history!


Animated Views: "The Animated Seuss"
by Randall Cyrenne,
3/28/2008

http://animatedviews.com/2008/the-animated-seuss/




Reply by VoiceTalentBrendan on: August 18, 2014, 10:54:05 pm.

here's an article by Didier Ghez Duck in the Hat
(or How Dr. Seuss Secretly Wrote a Book for Walt Disney)

http://www.disneyhistory...2014/08/duck-in-hat.html
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#3 Posted : Monday, January 5, 2015 11:13:28 AM(UTC)
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Reply by tonyboy85 on: October 03, 2014, 03:01:49 pm.

Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes #182
By Jim Korkis

The Grinch In All of Us.
“Villains are easy. Take the Grinch,” remarked animator and director Chuck Jones.
“It was easy to understand someone who hates Christmas because
we all hate something about Christmas a little bit. Some of us hate it a lot. Well, the Grinch hated it completely.
The character was much easier to handle because he had that one object in life that was something we all had.”

“I know how to draw Bugs (Bunny), Daffy (Duck) and all of the others. It’s exactly like an actor approaching a role.
The actor knows how to act, yet he must learn what the character has on his mind.
And even though he’s doing the same character, the problems will be different for each new show.”

http://cartoonresearch.c...animation-anecdotes-182/




Reply by tonyboy85 on: October 17, 2014, 03:36:34 pm.

Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes #184
By Jim Korkis


Cindy Lou Who.
While animation legend Chuck Jones always contended that
the design of Cindy Lou Who in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
was supposedly modeled after his own granddaughter, Valerie,
in 1996, he told an interviewer that “As for Cindy Lou Who,
she was appealingly small and innocent. I drew her as seeming to be
a great-grandchild of the Grinch in appearance—a diminutive Grinch,
where everything is right where the Grinch is wrong.”

Boris Triumphs.
During the taping of the narration for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966),
actor Boris Karloff was quite ill and would pass away a little more than two years later.
His emphysema had him wheezing badly and his back and legs were giving him great pain.

A friend of Ted Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) was visiting the set that day.
He was a well known cardiologist and as he watched Boris struggle,
he went to Geisel and said, “That is a very sick man.
I don’t know how he will be able to last through this.”

As Geisel remembered, “It was an exhausting day. Everything went wrong.
At the end of the day, we were all wilted…except Boris.
As we dragged ourselves off, he left whistling.”

Karloff later received a Grammy Award for “Best Recording For Children”
after the Seuss story was released as a record.


http://cartoonresearch.c...animation-anecdotes-184/
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Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes #245
By Jim Korkis

Seuss Specials.
When asked how involved Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was with the television specials done by DePatie-Freleng using his characters,
David DePatie told Charles Brubaker in 2010, "He was a very hands-on guy. He lived down in La Jolla and he would fly over here.
During the course of the production it wasn't unusual to see him once a week. He was very instrumental in the creation of the series.
Friz (Freleng) and I had a very good rapport with him. We enjoyed working with him and he enjoyed the studio
and it was a far-cry from the bad experience he had with Chuck Jones on the earlier Christmas special.
It was a very good relationship and everybody was pleased.
I have sitting here in front of me three Emmys that we won for Dr. Seuss specials, with Friz and I as producers."

http://cartoonresearch.c...animation-anecdotes-245/
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Cartoon Research: Animation Spin:
"Chuck Jones' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on Records"

By Greg Ehrbar

http://cartoonresearch.c...le-christmas-on-records/
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Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes: Christmas 2016 Special Edition
By Jim Korkis

The Grinch.
Chuck Jones, interviewed in Business Screen magazine (Aug/Sept 1982) said, "I think that’s why people like How The Grinch Stole Christmas,
because here’s a guy who hates Christmas! Well, it doesn't take much effort of our part to realize that we hate Christmas, too!
But maybe we try to keep it to ourselves. But when someone comes along who hates Christmas completely and openly – we love it!

"Everybody hates Christmas a little bit. They won’t admit it, but they do. They’re worried about buying the right presents and so on.
Here's a guy who hated it completely and that was wonderful. I thought 'I can embrace this'."

http://cartoonresearch.c...as-2016-special-edition/
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You didn't include in the 2000s department the two Universal ones - their remakes of "Grinch" (2000) directed by Ron Howard and "The Cat in the Hat' (2003) directed by some guy named Bo Welch..but then again, those weren't animated. the MGM ones were coproduced by Chuck's own animation studo, as tied to MGM...interesting "Horton" by Chuck came out in March in 1970, with regards to DFE (which might as well have been UA) doing any of their specials, of which "Cat in the Hat" was the firt Dr.Seuss one, and the second, given DFE was just about to release their own prime time TV special debut, "Goldilocks"(3/31/70) .

Odd that Universal Studios didn't produce the 2008 "Horton" and Blue Sky/Fox did.Also agreed with your consensus on (2012's) "The Lorax"(when the good doctor's whimsy returned to Unviersal).Chuck certainly ran afoul of Dr.Seuss on those, and with Walt Kelly of the otther one he did as a TV sepcial of his three specials in all, 2//14/69's "Pogo". I kept seeing Wile E.Coyote in duplex with Grinch and Max the dog when they somersaulted willy nllly like a snowball down the hill! And those eyebrows...those eyebrows! Merry Christmas or which other holiday you subscribe to and a happy new years!
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Seuss Specials.
When asked how involved Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was with the television specials done by DePatie-Freleng using his characters,
David DePatie told Charles Brubaker in 2010, "He was a very hands-on guy. He lived down in La Jolla and he would fly over here.
During the course of the production it wasn't unusual to see him once a week. He was very instrumental in the creation of the series.
Friz (Freleng) and I had a very good rapport with him. We enjoyed working with him and he enjoyed the studio
and it was a far-cry from the bad experience he had with Chuck Jones on the earlier Christmas special.
It was a very good relationship and everybody was pleased.


So he had a bad experience with Chuck Jones on The Grinch (and presumably Horton)? I recently read at TV Tropes that Geisel was initially against allowing the animated adaptation but was friends with Jones which is what got him to change his mind.
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Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes #327
By Jim Korkis

No Seuss for Disney.
Actor and clown Bill Irwin came to visit Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) at his house while Irwin was performing at the La Jolla Playhouse.
He was seeking Geisel’s permission to play the role in a production of Cat In the Hat that Disney was proposing as a television special.
Geisel said that he admired Irwin’s talent but had absolutely no interest in ever working with Disney.
Geisel’s wife, Helen Palmer, had during the 1940s written some children’s books for Disney including Donald Duck Sees South America.

http://cartoonresearch.c...animation-anecdotes-327/
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Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie:
"363. Horton Hatches the Egg (1942)".
By Steven Hartley. Tuesday, 9 December 2014.
http://likelylooneymostl...on-hatches-egg-1942.html
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Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie:
"SNAFU: Spies (1943)".
By Steven Hartley. Wednesday, 30 November 2016.
http://likelylooneymostl...11/snafu-spies-1943.html

&

Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie:
"SNAFU: Rumors (1943)".
By Steven Hartley. Friday, 14 July 2017.
http://likelylooneymostl...7/snafu-rumors-1943.html
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Vulture:
"How the Grinch Was Made: Revisiting the Classic TV Special on Its 50th Anniversary".
By Gazelle Emami, Jen Chaney, & Matt Zoller Seitz, 12/16/2016.
http://www.vulture.com/2...as-50th-anniversary.html
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PBS NewsHour:
"8 things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss".
By Joshua Barajas, 7/22/2015.
https://www.pbs.org/news...ings-didnt-know-dr-seuss
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