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Paging Dr. Seuss

rated 4.39 / 5 stars
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Comedy - Parody

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Aug 7, 2010 | 2:26 PM EDT

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* NOW WITH ADDED SOUND EFFECTS!* (thanks reviewers)
WOW FRONTPAGE!! THANKS, we'd nearly given up hope! Thank you so much ^_^
Thanks fo these great reviews and daily fourth! we'll try to respond to as many as we can!
There's a couple reviews debating the naming of the animation or antagonist, apologies for not making it clear;
As the cat in the hat was the only character in the movie relating to Dr Seuss, we felt it was fitting that he should be the embodiment of the name. We used the Cat in the Hat (possibly the most recognisable of Dr. Seuss' creations) as a representative, we are well aware that they are separate people/things/pseudonyms. Sorry for that confusion! :)

Doctor Seuss. Oh, really? Doctor of what, might I ask? Well, I did ask. And this is what I came up with.

After doodling up a quick script and finding some voice talent at the Voice Acting Club, I entrusted the rest of the project to TheThingy5, who promptly animated for months and months while I sat on my butt playing Bombliss on the NES. Occasionally, I'd forget all about this project. But now it's complete, and I'm absolutely thrilled. I'll stop talking soon because no one wants to spend more time reading the description than watching the animation, but first I just want to give a huge thanks to TheThingy5 and all of our wonderful voice actors, without whom this animation wouldn't exist. Hooray for them!

Firstly i'd just like to apologise for the scruffiness of the first minute or so of the animation, i was trying out a new style and it took a while to get used to.
You can adjust the quality by right clicking the flash, this is because the beginning is especially graphically heavy and may lag.
The total frames are 6898 at 24 fps and run time is about 4 mins.
Anyway it was a real pleasure to work on such a fantastic script by DarkLink and with the brilliant talent of all the actors, I hope i've done it justice.
BTW there IS an easter egg at the end! if you can find it ;)



Rated 5 / 5 stars


stroke of geniues great take on dr seus a dark twist just what this story needed great job excellent animation and fantastic story work and shot composition.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

I'm really impressed.

You did a great job on this. The animation was fluid, the lines were creepy, and I loved the dark tone you went for. Keep up the great work.

PS MeNobody, if you think he did such a bad job, rather than tell him what he should do, why don't you try to make your own?

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

a twisted dark view

this flash was great. The dark and twisted out come was quite unexpected considering the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote childrens books. Im just guessing but im sure that the reason that the author chose the cat in the hat to represent Dr. Seuss was that the cat in the hat is the most iconic and memerable character in the Dr. Seuss books, yet i digress from the true reason why i am writing a review. MeNobody seriously who are you? this is a creative and exploritory environment and its something different than the usual front page celbrity video game cameos that the front page is usually loaded with. Just because it wasn't a representation of what "you" thought Dr. Seuss should be like doesn't mean that it is trash it just means that you are close minded and only like to see what "you" think something should look like.... i'd honestly love to see the childish crack-pot flash you'd come up with and call it a Dr. Seuss flash. Just because a flash uses a different style of animation that you don't approve of doesn't make it a shitty flash either: different artists have different styles. how critical your review was im assuming you knew Dr. Seuss in person? was he your personal friend? did he tell you to defend his honor and bash anyone who doesn't make a flash up to your Dr. Seuss standards? seriously dude grow up and quit being so closed minded you are just a hater. The pairing was fine between the cat and the assistant, no one knows the back story of the assistant it could have been his first day on the job for god sakes obviously MeNobody took this way too seriously i guess that all the ERs have giant cats in hats and witty assistants, obviously the cat was a representation and that the assistant was completely unaware of the cats intentions or mental state. I believe that Menobody was way to critical of this flash and has limited or no imagination. man if i could send punches to the face in an email.... anywho great job darklink777 and thethingy5 i look foward to seeing more of your work in the future don't listen to close minded idiots like MeNody, people like that will get you no where fast.

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Rated 1 / 5 stars

Horrible cast, horrible lines

Oh God. I don't even know where to start. The graphics, the style, the script, pretty much everything was so out of tune that I hope Dr Seuss comes to haunt your dreams.

Let's start with the graphics. For something wacky and lyrical as Dr Seuss, I was hoping more colourful and twisted art. I don't know, that felt logical. But your interpretation of the setting were dark in almost every way. Not to mention how impractical a dark operation theatre is. The animation was way too stiff for Dr. Seuss' movements and his, uh, let's say 'monologue'. I am not demonising your style, I'm merely stating that this style was not suitable for this particular setting.

Then we move with the script. I won't complain about the VA as I know how hard it is to do decent VA. But the script, it's like Shakespearian. They are music to your ears if read properly or screechings of someone's fingernails on the blackboard if not. Unfortunately, your interpretation was the latter; it was so awful and unlyrical. It feels as though you've just wacked on some simple rhyming words and forced it unto a hospital setting. There's no brilliance of Dr Seuss' words. No rhythm, no wacky oxymorons, just just colourless gibberish.

Whilst we can argue that Dr Seuss' words were hardly a conversational material and most likely a surreal collection of gibberish, he justified them with pictures, making this words seem authentic. Your Dr Seuss just stood in front of the patient blabbering on about his monologue/soliloquy. He didn't pull a cat out of a hat, there was absolutely no interaction between his words and his actions, something that should be clearly shown to show the relation between how Dr Seuss used his words in his books and how Dr Seuss would act as a real scenario Doctor.

Then let's talk about the portrayal of your characters. Firstly, let me say this: pairing of an idiot and an down-to-earth characters have been around for thousands of years and should now be dead, buried and cremated (kudos for anyone who get the reference). Jokes that rely on such pairings are not funny anymore. They are stupid, silly and just plain childish, showing how unimaginative the creator is.

Yours is no different. Here, we have the 'wise guy', the authentic doc. Then we have the 'joker', the Dr Seuss. Dr Seuss does, er, things to act like a real doctor. We meant to laugh at him. Meanwhile, we meant to sympathise with the real doctor as he try to work with this idiot. This might have worked if it weren't for the fact that the whole movie was just bland. Dr Seuss went on with his chitter chatter whilst the other doc just facepalmed himself for the umpteenth time. I've seen amateur adaptations of Hamlet's soliloquies doing better than your take on how to animate Dr Seuss whilst he talks. And that's saying something.

And then you ruin the whole 'wacky but fun' Dr Seuss by making him a psycho. I mean, c'mon, his works may not be proper conversation material but that doesn't automatically make him some sort of nutjob.

What you should have done is to play it safe and kept it simple. You should have ditched Dr Seuss' partner and focused more on Dr Seuss's words and pictures than your attempt to create a horrible joke that uses the same formulae that the playwrights have used over a thousand years ago. And the same joke formulae that 70% of all 'funny but failed' flash animators use. It's time for a change. You can still get your message across by not using conventional methods.

Look. I'm not criticising your filming techniques; I haven't seen enough of your works to do that. I'm merely criticising your take on Dr Seuss and how it just didn't work. There are so many erroneous choices you've made that I had to say it.

In any case, I hope you can improve and enhance your abilities. And I really hope you've read my review with much passivity. And if you have read these walls of text, I congratulate you. There seem to be lack of such people nowadays.

Keep up with your. er. work.

CatFat responds:

Thanks! Keep up with your. er. reviews.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Love it

Really well done. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. This was the first time I verbally said "Oh, this was really good" involuntarily after watching a flash.

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