The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
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One of the kookiest movies I've ever seen.
Dr. Seuss wrote a live action musical that was made in 1953 - The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. It's quite something. The movie takes a sort of Wizard of Oz approach, with young Bart having a nightmare about his tyrannical piano teacher, translating him, his mom, and the plumber/mom's romantic interest into a fantasy world the likes of which Seuss may well have drawn. It's entirely loopy and the songs aren't half-bad. Some of them even have Seuss' trademark nonsense rhymes. Those two roller skaters who share one beard are definitely a Seussism. The very best sequence, for me, was the basement dungeon number where the non-pianists have improvised all manner of instrument. It's amazing. Bottom line: A fun, colorful all-ages fantasy filled with dream logic and tapping into something you don't need to be a child to get. Anything that's a chore is a drag, man!
Given that Dr Suess did the lyrics I expected wild and weird. Unfortunatly, it's not up to Cat In the Hat standards but it still is a fun ride.
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This movie ranks #1 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #161 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #343 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #349 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films