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(H, V) The movie portrays a hostile imaginary universe, in which children are oppressed by unjust authority figures.
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.
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