Saturday, 10 November 2018

i want my lavender spats, and in addition to them, i want my honey-coloured gusset with the herringbone hem

Having been a reader of Damn Interesting for many years, I was pleased to find that they’ve significantly revamped their website and their investigations into the weird and wonderful and now for your convenience, their stories are narrated and syndicated in podcast format (est’d in 2012).
Having a vague memory of seeing this movie on television when I was pretty young, I was pleased to have the details limned in (though still so many questions) behind the making of Theodore Geisel’s (Doctor Seuss’) only feature, the Technicolor, 1953 musical fantasy The Five Thousand Fingers of Doctor T. Granted the chance to make a full-length film after the award-winning success of his featurette Gerald McBoing-Boing, the author came to describe the undertaking as a most debaculous fiasco. Though Seuss’ style could be seen in the costuming, choreography and set-designs, the majority of the musical numbers were cut—the best one in the score, the Dressing Song (Do-mi-Do-Duds) that is quite in the same spirit as Mister Burns’ See My Vest from “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds” was kept in—and the screenplay went through so many rewrites that Seuss’ original themes of dominance, oppression and austerity that marked the world recently were also excised. Despite later enjoying somewhat of a revival as a cult-classic, Seuss disowned the film and didn’t mention it in his biography, eliding to his string of successful book adaptations that were to follow.