Will the new movie about The Lorax be as good as the original book?Fans have been forever divided over screen adaptations of classic Dr. Seuss books. When one of your most-beloved stories gets made into a movie, the film is either an instant family favorite or a terrible travesty, and stories from our childhoods are no exception.
Take, for instance, "The Cat in the Hat," whose misadventures have been made into a television series as well as more than one movie and even a stage play. The cartoon classic is little more than the book itself read aloud and set to music, which is what makes it so awesome:
The TV show on PBS Kids -- "The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" -- takes things a step further, spinning new adventures for the crazy cat and his kid friends to follow:
But the 2003 live-action remake starring Mike Myers was roundly panned by critics and parents, many of whom probably grew up loving the classic. Why? Well, for starters, it's kind of creepy.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is another favorite that some feel was ruined by its modern adaptation. Here's the classic 1966 cartoon starring Boris Karloff; it was produced by Chuck Jones and Ted Geisel -- a.k.a Dr. Seuss -- himself:
Compare it to the big-budget Jim Carrey remake that came out in 2000, directed by Ron Howard. We're pretty sure Dr. Seuss wouldn't have approved.
Now, "The Lorax" has been remade. How will it hold up to the earlier adaptations? Let's take a look:
And the new version:
What do you think?
We're just glad that some of our favorites were never popular enough to catch a new director's eye. This cartoon version of "The Sneeches" still rings true now, decades after it first came out.
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