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DR. SEUSS'S
THE CAT IN THE HAT

in English: cat, hat; in French, chat, chapeau...
in Spanish, el gato in a sombrero...
in German I'm a Katze und dieses ist meine Hut!

DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT ($25) is a 1971 musical animated television special that was adapted by for the small screen by Theodor Geisel himself. The premise THE CAT IN THE HAT finds a young brother and sister sitting by the window, unable to play, staring out at a very rainy day, when their mother goes off shopping. The siblings' boredom is broken by the arrival of a six foot cat in a hat, a creature that bursts into their home unannounced. However, their pet goldfish Karlos K. Krinklebine demands that the cat leave the premises, which he quickly does... only to return just as quickly- announcing that someone has stolen his "moss-covered three-handled family gradunza." Much to the fish's chagrin, this is followed by a very messy search of the children's home for the Cat's missing keepsake. The Cat then brings out "Thing One" and "Thing Two" claiming that his two assistants can find "anything under the sun" which only adds to the mess and chaos The Cat in The Hat is wreaking. The vocal talent behind THE CAT IN THE HAT features Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Tony Frazier, Pamelyn Ferdin, Thurl Ravenscroft and Lewis Morford.

Warner Home Video has made DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.37:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation of THE CAT IN THE HAT is pretty darn sweet for a forty-plus-year-old animated production made for the television medium. Image sharpness is impressive for this type of production. All of the black outlines of the animated characters, as well as the backgrounds appear crisp and well defined. Colors are strongly saturated, but maintain complete stability. Blacks are pure, while the whites are crisp. Contrast doesn't display any problems for this type of animated program. There are minor flaws contained in the original animation that one will notice in this high definition presentation, but otherwise, the picture is quite solid. Some mild grain is present in the image.

DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Considering the age of the recording, and the intended playback equipment were tinny television speakers circa 1971, fidelity is relatively solid, but has some expected limitations. Still, the lossless encoding maximizes what this four decade old soundtrack has to offer. Most signs of background hiss and other audible anomalies have been cleaned up during the mastering process, so the sound is free of troubling sonic debris. Dialogue remains clean sounding and is fully understandable. The songs sound nice, as the orchestrations are not elaborate. A Spanish Dolby Digital monaural track is also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Two additional animated Dr. Seuss programs in standard definition are also provided. DAISY-HEAD MAYZIE adapts the Dr. Seuss tale about the commotion caused by a young girl who suddenly sprouts a Daisy out of the top of her head. THE HOOBER-BLOOB HIGHWAY offers a tale of a newborn child who must decide if it wants the life of a human being and travel the title roadway to Earth. A Sing-Along Mode is also provided for the main program, as are some promos for other animated titles.

DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT is an enjoyable adaptation of the Theodor Geisel children's book. The Blu-ray presentation is quite impressive for television animation circa 1971. Dr. Seuss fans will want to add the Blu-ray to their collections. Recommended.

 
DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT 


Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat [Blu-ray]

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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