Bizarre characters and rhyme, these are the things many remember about Dr. Seuss.
Theodor Seuss Geisel, his friends called him Ted, grew up in Massachusetts and, in the end, became the most prolific cartoonist and children’s writer in history.
One of his most famous books, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, was the first to be animated and translated to film (1966). The book was written in 1957. It became a smash on television, a classic for children during the holidays.
The Grinch became a movie in 2000, nine years after the death of the beloved Dr. Seuss.
The Cat in the Hat, another of his signature books, was made into a movie in 2003. Unfortunately, the producers and screenwriters took too much liberty and the story lost some pizzazz. Geisel’s widow did not like it. The public didn’t either. And, for a while, it looked like Dr. Seuss’s legacy would be confined to the written page, with only a few exceptions.
In 2008, Horton Hears a Who reversed that trend and more delightful Seuss stories are on the animated motion picture planning boards.