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26th May '14 10:27:35 AM PilotSolaris
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->''"Oh, the things you can think,''
->''think and wonder and dream''
->''far and wide as you dare"''

A 2000 Broadway [[TheMusical musical]] based on the works of Creator/DrSeuss with music, lyrics, and book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (of ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' and ''{{Ragtime}}'' fame). It draws a lot of its plot from ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' and ''Horton Hatches the Egg'' but also includes characters and elements of ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'', ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'', and many other lesser-known works. Though its Broadway run was a notorious flop, it was drastically cleaned up and has become an extremely popular show with amateur/community theaters.

!! Provides Examples Of:
* AffablyEvil: General Ghenghiz Khan Schmitz ([[VillainSong who scares children out of their wits]]).
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* AnAesop: There's the classic "a person's a person no matter how small" as well as a celebration of creative thinking and "thinkers" that runs as the undercurrent of the whole show. The Cat even begins the final number by asking the audience what ''they'' think happened after the story.
* ArcWelding: Arguably. It puts a lot of Dr. Seuss' many many stories into a single continuous setting, and a good number of them figure into the main plot. See the ContinuityPorn entry below.
* ArcWords: "Alone in the Universe."
* AscendedExtra: [=JoJo=].
* BeautifulAllAlong: Gertrude, although she comes to realize this herself, and for practical reasons as well.
* BigBadEnsemble: The Sour Kangaroo for the Jungle of Nool and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz for Whoville, though Schmitz is the BigBad from Jojo's perspective only. Regardless, both Schmitz and the Kangaroo pull HeelFaceTurn 's by the end of the story.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Cat regularly does this silently, but his last line before the final song is addressed right at the audience "And then guess what happened? Well? What do ''you'' think?"
* {{Cameo}}: The Grinch (the show is set after the events of ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'').
* CassandraTruth: Horton.
* ContinuityPorn: Of Dr. Seuss's stories. The plot of the musical tries to mix as many of them into one coherent story, and takes a few liberties in order to do so, and has a somewhat complex structure as a result. However, a lot of them figure in as {{Shout Out}}s and are more or less insulated from the main plot, therefore remaining unchanged other than their setting. TheOtherWiki has an impressive list of all the stories that cameo in the book.
* CrowdSong: "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think", among others.
* CutSong: The original Broadway version and CD have a song called "A Day For The Cat in the Hat," in which the Cat tries to entertain Jojo while his parents are attending a conference with his teacher. The song was cut for the touring production, which also featured a rewritten script that made the Cat [=JoJo=]'s guide throughout the whole play.
* DarkReprise: Of "Alone in the Universe".
** And later, "Solla Sollew," sung by the Mayor and his wife after the General tells them that Jojo might be dead.
* {{Determinator}}: Gertrude, as revealed in "All for You".
** Just to give you an idea, while looking for Horton, she:
*** Was shipwrecked
*** Slogged through some swamp
*** Was attacked by bees and dogs
*** Trudged through snow in subzero conditions
*** Tripped and fell off of a hill and landed on a jagged shoal (spraining her toe in the process).
*** Was ran over.
*** At some point during all this, she took seven weeks (almost ''two whole months'') and found the clover with the speck of dust that holds the Whos' world. Keep in mind that this was in a field of clovers that were ''all identical''. And she herself ''cannot hear the Whos'' and so had to just look for a speck, unlike Horton, who could listen for them.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "It's Possible," "Havin' a Hunch"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The popular Mayzie has a very large tail. Gertrude goes to medical means to get a larger tail that ends up being really impractical and getting in her way.
** Not to mention she has to take pills and her tail gets LONGER. SomethingElseAlsoRises indeed.
** Some think that the plight of the Who's, who are too small to represent themselves, is representative of a position on abortion (taking the creator's wife into account, this may be MisaimedFandom), or of underrepresented labor workers. The idea itself could probably be fitted into any number of political agenda's, just as with the original ''HortonHearsAWho''.
* [[TheElevenOClockNumber Eleven O'clock Number:]] "All For You".
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What It Says on the Tin:]] It's the works of [[DrSeuss Dr. Seuss]] as a [[CaptainObvious musical]].
* GenderNeutralNarrator: The Cat in the Hat.
* GeneralRipper: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast General Ghenghiz Khan Schmitz]] - although he gets a bit better later on.
* GirlNextDoor: Gertrude
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It's heavily implied that Mayzie's egg was the result of a one night stand with an owl.
** Not to mention the whole MagicalAbortion of giving up the egg to Horton.
* GreekChorus: The Bird Girls.
* IAmSong: "The One-Feathered Tail of Miss Gertrude [=McFuzz=]".
* IncomingHam: "HUMPH! 'Twas the Sour Kangaree-oo!"
** General Schmitz as well, who marches in on military fanfare and and announces himself at high volume "I'M GENERAL GENGHIS KHAN SCHMITZ!"
* IncrediblyLongNote: Schmitz, at the end of his song.
* InterspeciesRomance: Horton and Gertrude, an elephant and bird.
* IrrelevantActOpener: There's a short song at the top of Act II that just recaps the events of the first act.
** However, it could be subverted if you wait too long, because it cuts into "Egg, Nest, and Tree," which moves the plot forward at a mile a minute.
* KangarooCourt: Literally. the Sour Kangaroo all-but run the trial.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Of Dr. Seuss' books. And whatever improv the Cat decides to throw in.
* MixAndMatchCritters: An ''elephant bird''.
* [[MrImagination Mr. Imagination]]: Jojo.
* MoodWhiplash: Twice, once by the Cat and once by Horton, as Who is being destroyed and as Horton is being attacked by Hunters, everything stops for a blase, cheery rendition of "How Lucky You Are".
** After Horton's sentence is pronounced solemnly by Judge Yertle, everyone perks up when discussing the horrible fate in store for "the dust speck".
* MoralGuardians: While the Sour Kangaroo isn't as much this as in the HortonHearsAWho film adaptation, she still bases her accusations of Horton on the fact that "a mother like me should know".
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: General Ghenghiz Khan Schmitz and '[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Sour Kangaroo]]'.
* TheNarrator: The Cat in the Hat, according to him.
* ObliviousToLove: Horton, big time.
* ParentalBonus: Hell yes.
* PetTheDog: General Schmitz is given one in Solla Sollew, where he joins in on singing about the mythical place for a line or so, depending on production. He also panics when Jojo is leaving because Schmitz was to horrible to him, because he realizes too late that Jojo is going into a minefield. When he thinks Jojo is dead he insists the boy is hero, instead of a deserter, and returns his sword and hat to his parents respectfully and with regret.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Gertrude [=McFuzz=] to Horton, who wasn't even in the same book as him.
* ShoutOut: One line in "Biggest Blame Fool" is "Acting as if he's holding a jewel", referring to how dumb the other animals think Horton the elephant is by believing that a small speck of dust can talk, even though he's the only one who hears it. There was a movie called TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie which had an elephant who had to protect a magical jewel belonging to a queen.
* SomewhereSong: "Solla Sollew".
* SoundOff: Parodied at the end of "The Military".
* StalkerWithACrush: Gertrude.
* TheyveComeSoFarSong: Seussical either has one such song, or has multiple songs that apply to different characters. "All for You" is one, relating the sheer hell Gertrude has gone through to get to Horton. However, everything mentioned in the song happened off stage.
* VillainSong: "The Military Academy" for Schmitz. And, if you include Mayzie as a villain, "Amayzing Mayzie".
** "Biggest Blame Fool" for the Sour Kangaroo, and "Monkey Around" for the Wickersham Bros.
* YouAreNotAlone: Both Horton and [=JoJo=] are feeling ostracized and lonely near the beginning of the show, then they manage to talk to each other and finally find the friend they've been looking for:
-->'''Horton:''' You called my name and you set me free. One small voice in the universe...
-->'''[=JoJo=]:''' One true friend in the universe...
-->'''Both:''' Who believes in me.
** In the finale, there's a quick reprise of this with Horton and Gertrude:
-->'''Horton:''' Just call my name...
-->'''Both:''' And I'll see you through...
-->'''Horton:''' One small voice in the universe...
-->'''Gertrude:''' One true friend in the universe...
-->'''Both:''' Who believes in you.
26th May '14 10:26:54 AM PilotSolaris
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** Not to mention she has to take pills and her tail gets LONGER SomethingElseAlsoRises indeed
** Some think that the plight of the Who's, who are too small to represent themselves, is representative of a position on abortion (taking WordOfGod ('s wife) into account, this may be MisaimedFandom), or of underrepresented labor workers. The idea itself could probably be fitted into any number of political agenda's, just as with the original HortonHearsAWho.
** Actually, they're the Japanese. Theodore Geisel (ie Dr Seuss) used to be a politcial cartoonist for PM during the war and made some terribly racist cartoons towards the Japanese. After the war, he went to Japan, made friends with some locals and had some CreatorBacklash towards his previous work and wrote ''HortonHearsAWho!''. It serves as an allegory of Hiroshima and the post-war occupation.

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** Not to mention she has to take pills and her tail gets LONGER LONGER. SomethingElseAlsoRises indeed
indeed.
** Some think that the plight of the Who's, who are too small to represent themselves, is representative of a position on abortion (taking WordOfGod ('s wife) the creator's wife into account, this may be MisaimedFandom), or of underrepresented labor workers. The idea itself could probably be fitted into any number of political agenda's, just as with the original HortonHearsAWho.
** Actually, they're the Japanese. Theodore Geisel (ie Dr Seuss) used to be a politcial cartoonist for PM during the war and made some terribly racist cartoons towards the Japanese. After the war, he went to Japan, made friends with some locals and had some CreatorBacklash towards his previous work and wrote ''HortonHearsAWho!''. It serves as an allegory of Hiroshima and the post-war occupation.
''HortonHearsAWho''.
26th May '14 10:19:55 AM PilotSolaris
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Mayor's wife is [[{{Doug}} Beebe Bluff]] (RIP)
* IAmSong: "The One-Feathered Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz".

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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Mayor's wife is [[{{Doug}} Beebe Bluff]] (RIP)
* IAmSong: "The One-Feathered Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz".[=McFuzz=]".
6th Apr '14 9:55:42 AM NateTheGreat
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* BigBadEnsemble: The Sour Kangaroo for the Jungle of Nool and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz for WhoVille, though Schmitz is the BigBad from Jojo's perspective only. Regardless, both Schmitz and the Kangaroo pull HeelFaceTurn 's by the end of the story.

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* BigBadEnsemble: The Sour Kangaroo for the Jungle of Nool and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz for WhoVille, Whoville, though Schmitz is the BigBad from Jojo's perspective only. Regardless, both Schmitz and the Kangaroo pull HeelFaceTurn 's by the end of the story.
9th Mar '14 9:18:04 AM mimitchi33
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* ShoutOut: One line in "Biggest Blame Fool" is "Acting as if he's holding a jewel", referring to how dumb the other animals think Horton the elephant is by believing that a small speck of dust can talk, even though he's the only one who hears it. There was a movie called TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie which had an elephant who had to protect a magical jewel belonging to a queen.
6th Mar '14 6:21:25 PM Chris116
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* ArcWords: "Alone in the Universe."



* BigBadEnsemble: The Sour Kangaroo for the Jungle of Nool and General Genghis Kahn Schmitz for WhoVille, though Schmitz is the BigBad from Jojo's perspective only. Regardless, both Schmitz and the Kangaroo pull HeelFaceTurn 's by the end of the story.



* PetTheDog: General Schmitz is given one in Solla Sollew, where he joins in on singing about the mythical place for a line or so, depending on production. He also panics when Jojo is leaving because Schmitz was to horrible to him, because he realizes too late that Jojo is going into a minefield. When he thinks Jojo is dead he insists the boy is hero, instead of a deserter.

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* PetTheDog: General Schmitz is given one in Solla Sollew, where he joins in on singing about the mythical place for a line or so, depending on production. He also panics when Jojo is leaving because Schmitz was to horrible to him, because he realizes too late that Jojo is going into a minefield. When he thinks Jojo is dead he insists the boy is hero, instead of a deserter. deserter, and returns his sword and hat to his parents respectfully and with regret.
1st Nov '13 2:29:11 PM MrMenCentral
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* MoralGuardians: While the Spur Kangaroo isn't as much this as in the HortonHearsAWho film adaptation, she still bases her accusations of Horton on the fact that "a mother like me should know".

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* MoralGuardians: While the Spur Sour Kangaroo isn't as much this as in the HortonHearsAWho film adaptation, she still bases her accusations of Horton on the fact that "a mother like me should know".
25th Aug '13 11:09:22 AM Kereea
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* AnAesop: There's the classic "a person's a person no matter how small" as well as a celebration of creative thinking and "thinkers" that runs as the undercurrent of the whole show. The Cat even begins the final number by asking the audience what ''they'' think happened after the story.


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* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Cat regularly does this silently, but his last line before the final song is addressed right at the audience "And then guess what happened? Well? What do ''you'' think?"


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** After Horton's sentence is pronounced solemnly by Judge Yertle, everyone perks up when discussing the horrible fate in store for "the dust speck".
* MoralGuardians: While the Spur Kangaroo isn't as much this as in the HortonHearsAWho film adaptation, she still bases her accusations of Horton on the fact that "a mother like me should know".
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