Thursday, January 17, 2008

Future's Favorite DVD This Week...


Universal's "Seuss Celebration" and, especially, "The Cat In The Hat" animated television special from 1971 has been on pretty much 24-7 this week...




...and why not?






As noted in a blog entry from "Cool Tune For Kids", the music is great. Most of the songs are very upbeat, which Future loves to dance to (he is an excellent dancer... like a Kelly, but without the slow turns). But the last song "Sweep Up The Memories" is such a nice piece of melancholy (try it with butter!), and Allan Sherman nails the sweetness without it becoming too cloying.
You know Allan Sherman, don't you?
"My Son The Folksinger"?
"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah?"
No? Philistines.
He was a novelty singer from the fifties and early sixties (Steve Allen was a big fan... Steve Allen? Hello?) who was both narrator and the voice of The Cat. Of course most of the upbeat songs are the kind of patter song he could do really well (not just patter but Seusspatter), but for the last song, he sings softly while cleaning up the mess he (and Thing 1 and Thing 2) made with an elaborate machine as only Dr. Seuss could create.

2 comments:

schinders said...

i'm partial to harvey and shelia by mr. sherman; the story of young, jewish love set to the tune of hava negila.

your fiend, mr. jones said...

Yeah and my favorite one is probably the one about the French Revolution that uses "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis", but substitutes "King Louis"...

Man, why don't they have Dr. Demento anymore?