The Cat in the Hat

  • Directors: Bo Welch
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Writers: Dr Seuss, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston, Dakota Fanning, Spencer Breslin, Amy Hill, Sean Hayes

The movie starts with an inside look of Joan’s (played by Kelly Preston) job at Hank Humberfloob’s Real Estate agency, where the employees there are forced to clean their hands constantly either with a sink or a Hand Sanitizer. When Joan is called back to work, she gets a sleepy babysitter to babysit her kids, Conrad (played by Spencer Breslin) and Sally (played by Dakota Fanning). Conrad, a 8-year-old boy has 2 problems: He is constantly doing the exact opposite of what he’s supposed to do and causing trouble, and Sally, Conrad’s 7-year-old little sister who tries to stop Conrad’s trouble making. Their next door neighboor, Lawrence Quinn or Larry as Conrad always calls him (played by Alec Baldwin) threatens to marry Joan, and send Conrad away to a military school 8 hours away from home. When Joan leaves, their babysitter, Mrs. Kwan (played by Amy Hill), invites the children to sit with her in the living room and watch television, and then falls asleep. Not long after, it starts to rain and storm outside and the children get bored. But then there is a thud somewhere in the house, and as the children go investigate, the Cat in the Hat (played and voiced by Mike Myers) appears. After The Cat puts Mrs Quann in the closet, the Fish starts arguing about him being here. The Cat ignores the Fish (even insulting it, saying “Come on, kids, are you gonna listen to him!? He drinks where he pees!”) and then convinces Conrad and Sally to sign a contract which will allow them to have all the fun they want, and will stop anything bad happening.

They chase him towards a birthday party, and the Cat gets whacked by a strong kid, imagining himself swinging, and wearing a dress. Larry grabs Nevins, and heads for Joan’s office. Conrad, Sally, and the Cat manage to get Nevins back by catching up with a vehicle called SLOW and tricking Larry into handing over Nevins and the crab lock. They get away from him and into the dance party room where dance music is playing. While The Things distract Joan and Larry, the trio get back home, unaware that the babysitter has fallen off the crate to answer a phone call from Joan and that all terror is breaking loose as the crate erupts. When Conrad, Sally and Larry first enter, the house looks spotless. But when the cat reappears at the doorway, Larry starts sneezing and stumbles backwards, only to have the floor rip out from under him as if it were paper and send him falling from a massive high cliff into the Cat’s world. The children gasp at what has become of the house After a walk on the suspended in mid air front hall carpet and a thrilling ride on Ms Kwan down a large “water slide” ride flowing with pink stuff, they find the crate, now with a big tornado spinning on top of it that is sucking up everything nearby. Conrad eventually manages to put the lock back on the crate, causing the distorted house to straighten itself, but then it collapses, leaving wreckage everywhere. They send the Cat out, but he comes back with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a cleaning machine called the Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger (DIRT). They clean up the mess, and the house is clean and back together. The Cat leaves, just in time for Joan to come home. Ms Kwan wakes up and tells Joan that the children were “angels.” But then Larry Quinn barges in, covered from head to toe with purple slime and starts telling Joan about the mess and the Seussian world. She sends him away, and things go back to normal. The party goes as scheduled and the kids are told that there purple frosted cupcakes are a “huge hit.” The camera then zooms out to reveal that The Cat was telling the story, and during the credits it’s revealed that Annville is underneath the Universe.

Horton Hears a Who

  • Directors: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
  • Producers: Bob Gordon, Chris Wedge
  • Writers: Dr Seuss, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Dan Fogler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jaime Pressly, Seth Rogen, Jesse McCartney, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Selena Gomez

In the jungle of Nool on the fifteenth of May, a caring, imaginative elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey), the jungle’s nature teacher, takes a dip in the pool. A dust speck floats past him in the air, and he hears a tiny yelp coming from it. Believing that an entire family of microscopic creatures are living on that speck, he places it on top of a clover that he holds in his trunk.

In fact, he finds out the speck harbors the city of Whoville and all its inhabitants, led by Mayor Ned McDodd (Steve Carell). He has a loving wife, Sally (Amy Poehler), 96 daughters (all voiced by Selena Gomez and Samantha Droke), and one son named Jojo (Jesse McCartney), who, by Who custom, is next in line for the mayoral position. Jojo does not want to become mayor, which leads him to become sullen and refuse to talk, despite Ned’s giving him extra attention.

The Mayor finds out from Dr. Larue that Whoville will be destroyed if Horton doesn’t find a “safer more stable home.” So Horton resolves to place the speck atop Mt. Nool, the safest place in the jungle. This outlook earns Horton nothing but ridicule from the inhabitants of Nool, especially from the strict official of the jungle, the Sour Kangaroo (Carol Burnett), who tries to get Horton to give up the speck, so as not to put supposedly ridiculous ideas into the heads of the children. Ever faithful to his motto, “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Horton refuses. Also taking force toward Horton are the Wickersham brothers (consisting of Yummo, voiced by Dan Fogler, along with Frank Welker and Dan Castellaneta), a group of bullying monkeys who love making misery.

Hearing the Whos’ cries, Rudy (Josh Flitter), the Kangaroo’s son (who has been in his mother’s pouch the whole movie despite being at the age where kangaroos usually begin living by themselves), grabs the clover and returns it to Horton, refusing his mother’s orders to return to her pouch. The animals finally realize the atrocity they almost committed. The Kangaroo is sad and sorry for her bad behavior, but Horton forgives her, and offers his friendship, which the Kangaroo accepts. At the end of the film, everyone helps Horton carry the speck up to the top of Mt. Nool. After a big number of the cast singing REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling”, the camera zooms out, revealing that along with numerous other worlds in our universe, the jungle of Nool is just one speck among numerous others like our planet.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jeffrey Price, Peter S Seaman, Book, Dr Seuss
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, Bill Irwin, Clint Howard, Taylor Momsen

The Whos of Whoville love Christmas more than any other holiday, but the Grinch (Jim Carrey), a hairy, green creature living just north of Whoville, hates Christmas.

The Grinch lives with just his dog, Max (Frank Welker), in a cave on Mt. Crumpit. He is haunted by unpleasant memories associated with the Christmas season, hence his having nothing to do with it. The Grinch is a childhood sweetheart of Martha May Whovier (Christine Baranski), but the mayor of Whoville, Augustus Maywho (Jeffrey Tambor), has always been in competition with the Grinch for Martha’s affections.

As a baby, the Grinch was brought up with a love for Christmas. When he was eight years old, he made an angel ornament as a gift for Martha. He was also worried Martha would dislike his facial hair. He shaves, but ends up cutting himself in several places. At school the next day, he is ridiculed and even the teacher can’t help but laugh. This is what drives him into a deep hatred of Christmas.

Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) is a young Who who feels the true meaning of Christmas is lost, as she is overwhelmed by all of the commercial and materialistic commotion. She is fascinated with the Grinch and wants nothing more than to get him into the Christmas spirit again. She convinces the Grinch to participate in the Whos’ Christmas festivities, tempting him with the fact that Martha May will attend, but Maywho publicly humiliates the Grinch by giving him an electric razor and proposing to Martha May. Furiously haunted by the past, the Grinch becomes angry, calling the Whos’ Christmas stupid and saying the holiday is about nothing but greed. He returns to Mt. Crumpit and the Whos commence with a Grinchless Christmas.

The Whos are at first miserable over what has happened, blaming Cindy Lou, but Cindy Lou’s father (Bill Irwin) convinces them that Christmas isn’t all about gifts after all, and that they still have the Christmas Spirit – the one thing that doesn’t come from a store. They sing at the arrival of Christmas, and the Grinch hears them echoing over the mountain. He is convinced that Christmas is something that can’t be stolen, and his heart swells and he feels Christmas spirit at last. He realizes his stolen load is about to tumble off the mountain peak. At first he is unable to muster the strength to pull it back, but when he sees that Cindy Lou has climbed onto the sleigh, his worry for her safety gives him the superhuman strength to lift the sleigh clear off the ground. He and Cindy Lou then bring the presents back to Whoville. Martha May gives Mayor Maywho his engagement ring back and tells him that she won’t marry him because her heart belongs to The Grinch. The Grinch is accepted back into society and he himself carves the roast beast at Christmas dinner. Martha May stands beside him, while Cindy Lou sits nearby waiting for her portion of the roast beast.