At the video store, you might be tempted to rent DR. SEUSS’S THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, lured by its MTV-funk and odd graphics. However, anyone who does so is in for a surrealistic nightmare that is anything but family entertainment. The story begins with 9-year-old Bart Collins, who is learning to play the piano. Frustrated with the monotony of practice and his impatient piano teacher, Bart dreams about a hellish piano camp, which becomes the setting for the rest of the movie. Bart finds himself in a dungeon ruled by his evil piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. Having banished all other musical instruments, Dr. T lures 500 reluctant little boys to perform in a colossal concert and hypnotizes Bart’s mother into marrying him. To help her escape, a plumber named Mr. Zabladowski builds a bomb that absorbs sound waves.
Despite its potentially interesting subject matter, DR. SEUSS’S THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T translates into one of the most boring movies imaginable. The characters perform strange ballet, a hypnotic duet and inappropriately burst into musical numbers. Songs such as “My Do-Me-Do-Duds” and “Get Together Weather” are extremely irritating. The movie does not reflect the ingenuity that made Dr. Suess famous; rather, it portrays a hostile imaginary universe, in which innocent children are oppressed by unjust authority figures.
(H, V) The movie portrays a hostile imaginary universe, in which children are oppressed by unjust authority figures.