Adults, children, and everyone of all ages. The partnership between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Netflix has been expanded and extended. While there have certainly been some CGI animated films that have done quite well, which include The Grinch (2018), The Lorax, and Horton Hears a Who!, the streaming service is now targeting the more book-centric stories in the same manner that Green Eggs and Ham has been produced. That show is being tapped for a second season starting in April. Included in this new partnership are the books Horton Hears a Who!, The Sneetches, Wacky Wednesday, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose.
While Netflix is targeting preschooler programming in their new partnership with Dr. Seuss, these stories are all timeless and can be enjoyed by anyone. A good majority of us spent our childhoods being caught in the wonder of the Seuss rhymes and fantastical storylines. The star-studded Green Eggs and Ham series was the jumping point that brought the partnership even further. The series is completely hand-drawn and was produced by comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Ilana Glazer, Diane Keaton, Eddie Izzard, and Keegan-Michael Key are just some of the names that have appeared in the first season.
With the award-winning success of the Green Eggs and Ham series, it sounds as if Netflix wants to bring even more family-friendly Dr. Seuss content to the streaming platform. Susan Brandt, CEO of Dr. Suess Enterprises, spoke about the new partnership that has been achieved. According to her, “Our partnership has been very prosperous thus far with our award-winning animated series Green Eggs and Ham. We hope to continue that success with our upcoming projects.” All the above-mentioned projects are based on some of the most favorite Seuss stories and they will have varying deliveries in terms of animation style and length.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is set to be a 2D animated series with seven-minute-long episodes and two music videos. The Sneetches will be a 3D animated film that is 45 minutes in length. Wacky Wednesday will be a series with 11-minute episodes. It’s said to be mixed media, so that could mean a mix of animation styles. Horton Hears a Who! is also set to be a 3D animated series of 11-minute episodes. Finally, Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose will be a 45 minute 3D special. The varying styles and length in which these stories will be produced, it will allow them all to exist together without becoming stagnant for those watching.
Dr. Seuss’s stories have clearly been profitable to all companies that have been lucky enough to turn those books into more full-fledged films and shows. They are fun for children but those who have spent their childhoods enveloped in the stories that preach that being different is ok. With the expansion that Netflix and the Dr. Seuss Enterprises have entered into, it could mean that even more books will get the adaption treatment. One thing is for sure, maybe they can land Jim Carrey to take on the role of Horton. He was fantastic in that film.