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Friday, November 21, 2003

See anything besides "Cat in the Hat"

After seeing the trailers and being inundated with the 100's of advertising tie-ins for this movie, I had no intention of going to see it anyway. Still, it is heartening to learn that some of the most prominant movie critics (who DID see it) have agreed with my assessment. While I find the book wonderful as it is, sometimes a movie can add a new dimension. Unfortunately, it seems the producers, directors and actors have decided to take the title and almost nothing else.

The Boston Globe's Ty Burr sums it up like this, "If the producers had dug up Ted Geisel's body and hung it from a tree, they couldn't have desecrated the man more."

LA Times Manohla Dargis sums up his/her feelings in verse, "Why oh why did they make it like that, oh why did they ruin "The Cat in the Hat"?"

More reviews and discussion can be found in this thread on Metafilter.com.

I would highly advise all parents to read these reviews, and more, before taking their children, or even their teenagers. We, the movie audience are often blamed for the poor quality of movies with the saying, "if the audience didn't watch it, we wouldn't make it." Let's make the message clear this time and go see something else.


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