Al Ravenna, New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer - Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.
It's legendary children's author Dr. Seuss's birthday! We'll celebrate by ranking his movies from worst to first in our very special way. We'll even rank his cartoons, and we promise we'll stop the rhyming very soon.
"The Cat in the Hat" (2003)
The live action adaptation of Dr. Seuss's classic book is insultingly awful, trading in gleeful whimsy for madcap cynicism. Mike Myers is goofing off instead of playing a charming scamp.
"The Lorax" (2012)
As a fable, "The Lorax" is about as dark and complicated as Dr. Seuss gets. This light and colorful animated film featuring Danny DeVito and Taylor Swift, which is a combination of "Minions" meets "WALL-E," certainly isn't that.
"The Butter Battle Book" (1989)
This short is faithful to Dr. Seuss's work. It's a story about two rival races of people divided by a wall, based on their differences over how they butter their bread. But the songs are flat, and the animation isn't much better.
"Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000)
Though it's incredibly cheesy and the Whoville makeup is a joke, Jim Carrey brings his overly-exuberant charm to the story, even if he looks a bit silly.
"The Lorax" (1972)
"The Lorax" begins and ends in a grim, polluted world, using music and rhyme to chart how industry can harm the environment. It's message remains poignant and hopeful that a new generation can save nature.
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"Horton Hears a Who" (2008)
The best of the modern Dr. Seuss adaptations, Jim Carrey voices another Seuss character for this delightful, madcap romp.
"The Cat in the Hat" (1971)
"Everything back in its proper place, no more rainbows for us to chase." This version of "The Cat in the Hat" takes some liberties, but it lovingly and musically captures the spirit of Dr. Seuss's iconic character.
"Horton Hears a Who" (1970)
"A person's a person, no matter how small." This Chuck Jones-directed TV special is beautifully animated, faithful to the story of acceptance of everyone and a joy from start to finish.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966)
The songs are indelible, the lessons are heartwarming and the animation is impeccable. "The Grinch" isn't just the best Dr. Seuss adaptation, but one of the finest animated shorts of all time.