Bart: I don't think the piano is my instrument.
Dr. Terwilliker: What other instruments are there, pray tell? Scratchy violins, screechy piccolos, nauseating trumpets, et cetera, et cetera?
The only live-action Dr. Seuss movie for nearly a half-century, this delightful musical comedy is a treat--something for kids who thought they have seen everything. Young Bart (Tommy Rettig of TV's Lassie) detests his piano lessons with the fanatical Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). As with Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Bart falls into a dream world in which the piano teacher--renamed Dr. T--is ruler and children are hunted down to have piano lessons. Worse yet, Dr. T has magical control over Bart's mom (Mary Healy). The Oscar-nominated songs are uneven but the art direction is superb, creating a truly magical world (and the world's longest piano). Dr. Seuss's love for language stays intact. Many kids of the 1950s might remember Bart's five-fingered beanie, which was a top seller. Great fun for the 5-10 age range, and adults too. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Intersting movie. Definitely forward thinking for its time.Published 6 months ago by David Iggulden
this movie is for the whole family. i love watching it with my two year, we are all way using line from the movie.Published on Oct. 27 2013 by E. Collins Boulton
This was my favorite movie as a little kid... and it still is. Its musical peices are fun for children and devilishly clever for adults. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Kafka
This movie is an excellent movie if you enjoy Dr. Seuss. It does much better than either "The Grinch" or "The Cat in the Hat" in being Seuss-like, and has a pretty good story. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
If you are looking for a real dr. suess movie, you found it. This movie was made with input and approval from Dr. suess himself! Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by bo knows
I remember seeing this movie as a child and was delighted to see that it is now on DVD. While a bit on the strange side, it is a joy to behold. Read morePublished on March 18 2003 by I. Henzel
This is one of the strangest and most entertaining movies you and you're kids will ever watch. I recommend this film to music teachers for classroom viewing - perfect for grades... Read morePublished on June 6 2002