The Search for Seuss

Another player has found a blog, thank goodness. Content votes are a tricky beast. Actually a lot of votes that are not obvious are problematic. Moderators, those who have amassed over 750 karma points, have the ability to vote for or against initial votes. Some moderators will go above and beyond to verify a vote before rejecting it. Demographic votes are usually easy enough. Unless of course, the city has a different name or the spelling is off just a bit.

It’s funny that there are not more blogs out there about Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss). He’s probably one of the most well-known and beloved children’s authors in America. A whole generation grew up watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Cat in the Hat. Chuck Jones directed the former. He and Seuss collaborated on a number of projects.

During World War II, a number of Hollywood figures joined up. Frank Capra, the director of It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and You Can’t Take It With
You, was put in charge of the Armed Forces Motion Picture Unit. Chuck Jones met Geisel there. Capra was under the impression that Geisel knew something about filmmaking and pointed out the Moviolas. Geisel asked “What are Moviolas?”Jones and Geisel collaborated on a series of instructional cartoons, which I’d love to see. Years later when some of the Dr. Seuss books were being animated, it was Chuck Jones directed.

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