Lionsgate // 1996 // 72 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Roy Hrab (Retired) // November 20th, 2010
Discover the Spooktacular side of Dr. Seuss this Halloween.
The Wubbulous World Of Dr. Seuss: There Is Nothing To Fear In Here is the latest DVD instalment of the mid-1990s television series produced by the Jim Henson Company. The series brings to life, via Muppet-style puppets, the creations of Theodore Geisel (aka. Dr. Seuss).
This release features three episodes:
* "There's Nothing to Fear in Here": In the Cat in the Hat's Playhouse, a thunderstorm causes a black-out. Terrence the Bird is afraid of the dark and loud noises, so the Cat tries to ease his fears through stories and games. In the first story, Sarah Hall-Small thinks that there might be monsters in her closet. In the second story, the Grinch scares everyone at the Seussville park; however, the people find a way to the turn the tables on him.
* "The Blag-Bludder Beast"
The citizens of Troomph are terrified by the Blag-Bludder Beast even though nobody has ever set eyes on the monster. Through a fortuitous set of circumstances, the Troomphs come to believe that Yertle the Turtle has defeated the beast. The arrogant Yertle abuses their trust for the glorification of his own ego, but he eventually gets his due.
* "Norval the Great"
Binky (aka. Binkham Tamino McDoyal the Third) tries to impress some friends by relating a series of epic adventures he has had with his goldfish, Norval.
This series is for young children (i.e. preschool and kindergarten). The episodes here, to a lesser or greater extent, are about overcoming fear and being adventurous, although there is no Halloween-based episode. Every episode has a theme that is repeated about three to four times per episode. This may grate a little with adults, but the kids won't mind. And anyways, these are solid shows that actually have a worthwhile message for children. Plus, unlike many of today's television programs, this one won't have them bouncing off the walls with hyperactivity.
The episodes are presented in full frame format. The colors are bright and the transfer is clean, although there are some rudimentary computerized special effects. The Dolby stereo audio is clear.
There are no extras.
Short of reading the stories of Dr. Seuss to your kids, The Wubbulous World Of Dr. Seuss represents one of the better diversions available to occupy their time for a bit.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 72 Minutes
Release Year: 1996
MPAA Rating: Not Rated