Many cartoon, computer animated and live action movies featuring Dr. Seuss stories have been released on DVD and Blu-ray. Not only are these movies fun to watch, but they can also encourage kids to read. You can even use Dr. Seuss movies to teach preschoolers critical thinking skills by discussing the movies as a family. Challenge your child to read the Dr. Seuss books, and then celebrate the accomplishment with a family movie night. Here are some great movie versions of Dr. Seuss stories.
Green Eggs & Ham and Other Stories brings the classic Sam-I-Am to Blu-ray for the first time, along with the stories of the Sneetches and the Zax. Each of these rhyming adventures provides fun, entertainment, and an intriguing lesson for kids young and old. Dr. Seuss never goes out of style. So sit down to a nice dinner of green eggs and ham, and enjoy a good book and a movie.
Colorful and whimsical animation, vibrant musical numbers and an incredibly charismatic voice cast make Dr. Seuss' The Lorax a thrilling adventure for kids and families. In this extended take on the classic cautionary tale, a boy named Ted sets off seeking a Truffula tree for Audrey, the girl of his dreams. Instead he finds the Onceler, who tells him a sorrowful tale about the way things once were. Dr. Seuss' eye-popping world really comes to life as Bar-ba-loots frolic in the Truffula Trees, Swomee-swans fly overhead, and Humming-fish melodiously prance around on land and dive in and out of the water. (PG, Recommended for ages 3+)
3. The Lorax (Original Cartoon)
The original cartoon The Lorax is available on Blu-ray, including a DVD copy and UltraViolet digital copy. In addition to the feature film, there are two additional animated Seusstoons: "Pontoffel Pock & His Magical Piano" and "Butter Battle Book." The Lorax cartoon stays true to the original text and illustrations of the classic book by Dr. Seuss, and is a great one to own. encourage kids to think analytically by asking them about the similarities and differences between this original cartoon and the more recent Lorax movie.
When Horton realizes there is a tiny town of Whos living on a speck of dust that has fallen on a clover, he vows to keep them save. Though Kangaroo thinks he's crazy and tries to take the clover away from him, Horton persists, because after all, "a person's a person no matter how small." This bright and colorful 88-minute long CG animated version of the film stays true to the innocent original story, making it a family friendly, G-rated film for kids as young as two years old. Great voice actors and a delightful storyline keep the film interesting.
Warner Bros. presents the original animated cartoon Horton Hears a Who on Blu-ray and DVD. The animated classic follows the book and is shorter than the movie version. Kids will love the bright colors and the endearing elephant who will do anything to protect his new friends. For a great holiday or birthday gift, combine the Blu-ray version of this movie, or any other Seuss movie, with the book and a related stuffed animal, coloring book or other merchandise.
Directed by Ron Howard and starring comedian Jim Carrey as the Grinch, this live-action adaptation of the famous Christmas tale by Dr. Seuss takes a lot of license and gives a comedic spin on the story. The live action Whos of Whoville boast awesome hairdos and whimsical attire. The story follows Cindy Lou, who tries to figure out why the Grinch hates Christmas, so she can convince him to join the town's Christmas celebration. (Rated PG for some crude humor)
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original Cartoon)
The familiar prose of the great Dr. Seuss come to life in this Christmas cartoon classic. The Grinch has a terrible, awful plan to steal all of the presents from the Whos down in Whoville, but he is surprised to learn that Christmas is more than he though it was before. Classic animation and delightful songs make this version of the Seuss Christmas story memorable and enjoyable for the whole family.
Mike Myers plays the mischievous Cat, who visits Sally (Dakota Fanning) and Conrad (Spencer Breslin) while their mother is away. All kinds of havoc breaks loose in the house, but Sally and Conrad, though stressed out at times, end up having a great time with the Cat. The movie earned absolutely horrible reviews by critics and parents, who don't appreciate the wealth of crude jokes spun into this children's story. But, there are a few fans who loved the movie. (Rated PG)