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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (Bilingual)

Mary Healy , Hans Conried , Roy Rowland    DVD
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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


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4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Masterpiece Feb. 15 2011
Format:DVD
This film is an incredible piece of work built onto a great story with great dialogue, conflicts, music and dancing. I had remembered this movie from my childhood but didn't know the name. So I searched through Google, only remembering a long piano and what I thought were propeller hats (they turned out to be happy fingers).

The music is one of the highlights for me. The lyrics and the melodies are thought provoking and inspiring. My son is only four months old, but he really seems to enjoy the music and colours. The sets are very well done, and the colours are fantastic. We watch it together often, and neither of us seem to tire of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this a great movie Oct. 27 2013
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this movie is for the whole family. i love watching it with my two year, we are all way using line from the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, sir, it's VERY atomic! July 8 2004
Format:DVD
"The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" is a journey into the extraordinary, the unbelievable, and the entertaining. Albeit, it's wacky, but how else should the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss be? If you are up for a fantastic adventure into dreamland, than look no further!
Bart Collins is your average little boy--he loves his mom, he likes to play with his dog, and there is nothing he despises more than practicing the piano. No doubt his eccentric, but strangely captivating piano instructor, Dr. Terwilliker, has something to do with this. After a particularly trying lesson, Bart falls asleep at the ivories and is transported to the Terwilliker Institute, a prison-castle for tiny piano players like himself. He immediately attempts escape, but finds himself surrounded by a whole lot of bizarre characters, including some green-skinned musician-hostages who do not play the piano.
This colorful film may be a bit quirky, but beneath its oddity is a charming story that is sure to involve you and stimulate your imagination. Every aspect of "Fingers" is truly memorable, from the beautiful set to the catchy sing-along numbers to the original screenplay. This is a movie that the entire family will love--kids can identify with Bart and Dr. Seuss, adults can enjoy the music and choreography, and everyone will want to watch it again and again.
Once you watch "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T," you'll see why I went crazy when I was able to tape it on TV (and went crazy when someone taped over it!). I couldn't wait until this title appeared on DVD! Get it while it's hot! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU MUST SEE THIS July 8 2004
By Kafka
Format:DVD
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. The insanity of its plot puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh even though I've seen it so many times. This is a timless classic that is good for people of all ages and is sure to make you laugh. This is just one of those films that you have to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Seussian Jan. 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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. Some parts are highly illogical, but what do you expect? I loved it.
Oh, and I'm 13, not 12.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imagination is the biggest value Dec 27 2003
Format:DVD
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! The set design is miles more imaginative that modern day CGI effects. If you want a good movie, but mean streets. If you want entertainment, buy this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Joy March 19 2003
Format:DVD
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. A movie that directly bears the thumb print of Dr. Seuss!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Sept. 26 2002
Format:DVD
Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote and helped design this eccentric fantasy about a young boy named Bart (Tommy Rettig) who, like most young boys, doesn't enjoy his piano lessons with the mean-spirited Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). He figures his time would be better spent playing baseball with his friends or helping his grown-up buddy Arthur Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes), a plumber. One night, while fast asleep, Bart has a long and remarkable dream in which he's trapped in the kingdom of the fearsome Dr. T, who has enslaved hundreds of little boys, forcing them to practice on the world's largest piano until they drop. With the help of a familiar plumber, Bart plans a revolt that will topple Dr. T's evil empire once and for all.

This is a pretty goofy flick, but fun nevertheless. It has its share of dance numbers, and you can definitely tell that Dr. Seuss had a hand in making it. The props, characters, and one musical number in particular that Bart spies on just scream Dr. Seuss. The scene takes place in a cavern with musicians flying around playing all sorts of weird and gigantic instruments. Definitely worth watching if, you are in the mood for a goofy flick.
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