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->''"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."''
-->-- '''Dr. Seuss'''

An American cartoonist and writer, Theodor Seuss Geisel (19041991), more commonly known as Dr. Seuss ([[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced "soyss" like "voice," although he later accepted "sooss"]]), was famous for his 65 children's books.

Most of his work liberally uses [[RhymesOnADime rhyming schemes]], [[MagicAIsMagicA illogical logic]], [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} fantastical buildings]], [[PerfectlyCromulentWord nonsensical vocabulary]], and very pretty illustrations. This, at the time, was fairly radical and the epitome of advant-garde, though [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny not by today's standards]]. Seuss was a lifelong inhabitant of Springfield, Massachusetts, and drew inspiration from his surroundings; for instance, ''And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street'' took place on [[WriteWhatYouKnow the street he himself lived on]] (note that in real life it's a lot less impressive, which was indeed probably why he chose it).

On the less savory side, while he [[http://www.k-state.edu/english/nelp/childlit/seuss/10922.html opposed]] anti-semitism and segregation, Seuss is also known for being [[YellowPeril quite racist towards Japanese]] in his WWII-era political cartoons ([[http://www.dartmouth.edu/~hist32/History/Seuss02.jpg here's]] an example). He later realized such work was inappropriate and [[OldShame felt horrible about it]]. He was against Jim Crow, even basing one book on getting over [[SillyReasonForWar small differences]] (also dedicating ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' to a Japanese friend). He would probably enjoy that hand-drawn, {{Animesque}} spoof in the 2008 ''Horton'' movie quite a lot!

Speaking of which, much of his work has been [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie-fied]], whether by animation or live-action. The only movie he himself made was ''Film/The5000FingersOfDrT''. He did collaborate with various directors (most famously, Creator/ChuckJones) in adapting his stories for television, but again, those were TV specials, and not feature-length. When he passed away, the rights to all his stories and characters went to his widow, and no adaptations could be made unless she approved it. After the dismal 2003 adaptation of ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' soured her for the casting of Mike Myers (whom she was strongly against) and the adult jokes that clashed with the family friendly nature of the books, she declared that any future film adaptations of Seuss books must be animated.

There's also ''Seuss Landing'', a portion of [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], which features rides, costumed characters and other attractions based on the books.

Also, [[HeAlsoDid he seems to be the guy who invented the word]] "{{nerd}}".

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[[folder:Books published under the name Dr. Seuss, in order of release:]]

* ''And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street'' (1937)
* ''The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'' (1938)
* ''The King's Stilts'' (1939)
* ''[[BleachedUnderpants The Seven Lady Godivas]]'' (1939)
* ''Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg'' (1940)
* ''[=McElligot=]'s Pool'' (1947)
* ''Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose'' (1948)
* ''Bartholomew and the Oobleck'' (1949)
* ''If I Ran the Zoo'' (1950)
* ''Scrambled Eggs Super!'' (1953)
* ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' (1954)
* ''On Beyond Zebra!'' (1955)
* ''If I Ran the Circus'' (1956)
* ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (1957)
* ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' (1957)
* ''The Cat in the Hat Comes Back'' (1958)
* ''Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories'' (1958)
* ''Happy Birthday to You!'' (1959)
* ''One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish'' (1959)
* ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'' (1960)
* ''The Sneetches and Other Stories'' (1961)
* ''Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book'' (1962)
* ''Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!'' (1963)
* ''Hop on Pop'' (1963)
* ''Literature/FoxInSocks'' (1965)
* ''I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew'' (1965)
* ''The Cat in the Hat Song Book'' (1967)
* ''The Foot Book'' (1968)
* ''I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories'' (1969)
* ''My Book about ME'' (1970)
* ''I Can Draw It Myself'' (1970)
* ''Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?: Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises!'' (1970)
* ''Literature/TheLorax'' (1971)
* ''Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!'' (1972)
* ''Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?'' (1973)
* ''The Shape of Me and Other Stuff'' (1973)
* ''There's a Wocket in My Pocket!'' (1974)
* ''Great Day for Up!'' (1974)
* ''Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!'' (1975)
* ''The Cat's Quizzer'' (1976)
* ''I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!'' (1978)
* ''Oh Say Can You Say?'' (1979)
* ''Hunches in Bunches'' (1982)
* ''[[Literature/TheButterBattleBook The Butter Battle Book]]'' (1984)
* ''You're Only Old Once! : A Book for Obsolete Children'' (1986)
* ''I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today!'' (1987)
* ''The Tough Coughs as he Ploughs the Dough'' (1987)
* ''Oh, the Places You'll Go!'' (1990)
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[[folder:Books published posthumously under his name:]]
* ''Daisy-Head Mayzie'' (1995)
* ''My Many Colored Days'' (1996, but originally written in 1973)
* ''Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!'' (1998)
* ''The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories'' (2011)
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[[folder:Books published under the pen names Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone]]
* ''Ten Apples Up on Top!'' (1961)
* ''I Wish That I Had Duck Feet'' (1965)
* ''Come over to My House'' (1966)
* ''The Eye Book'' (1968)
* ''I Can Write'' (1971)
* ''In a People House'' (1972)
* ''Wacky Wednesday'' (1974)
* ''The Many Mice of Mr. Brice'' a.k.a. ''The Pop-Up Mice of Mr. Brice'' (1974)
* ''Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?'' (1975)
* ''Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him!'' (1976)
* ''Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!'' (1977)
* ''Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!'' (1980)
* ''The Tooth Book'' (1981)
* ''Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo!'' (1975; this was the one written under the "Rosetta Stone" PenName)
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[[folder:Animated Theatrical Shorts and TV Specials made during his lifetime:]]
* PrivateSnafu: Wrote for several of the shorts.
* ''Horton Hatches the Egg'' (1942): [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] AdaptationExpansion of his story, directed by Creator/BobClampett.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeraldMcBoingBoing'' (1950): A short that he wrote for {{UPA}} productions.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (1966): One of three animated special collaborations between Seuss and Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''Horton Hears a Who'' (1970)
* ''The Cat in the Hat'' (1971)
* ''The Lorax'' (1972): Produced by Depatie-Freleng Enterprises.
* ''Dr. Seuss on the Loose'' (1973, included "The Sneetches", "The Zax", and "Green Eggs and Ham")
* ''The Hoober Bloob Highway'' (1975)
* ''WesternAnimation/HalloweenIsGrinchNight'' (1977)
* ''Pontoffel Pock Where Are You'' (1980)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrinchGrinchesTheCatInTheHat'' (1982)
* ''The Butter Battle Book'' (1989): Collaboration between Seuss and Creator/RalphBakshi. Seuss notably considered this the best adaptation of all his works.
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[[folder:TV series:]]
* ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' (Dr. Seuss characters ''as Muppets!'', 1996-7)
* ''Gerald [=McBoingBoing=]'' (2005-7)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat'' (2010-)
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[[folder:Stage Productions:]]
* ''{{Seussical}}''
* [[AllMusicalsAreAdaptations Musical adaptations of]] ''How The Grinch Stole Christmas'' and ''The Cat in the Hat''
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[[folder:Live-action films written by Dr. Seuss or based on his works:]]
* ''Our Job in Germany'' (1945)
* ''Your Job in Japan'' (1945)
* ''Design For Death'' (1947, an expansion of ''Your Job in Japan'')
* ''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T'' (1953; Seuss's only non-propaganda live-action film during his lifetime)
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' (2000)
* ''The Cat In The Hat'' (2003)
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[[folder:Animated Films:]]
* ''Horton Hears A Who!'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' (2012)
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[[folder:Other artwork:]]
* ''Dr. Seuss Goes To War'' (UsefulNotes/WW2 political cartoons)
* ''The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss'' (personal paintings, collages, and unusual taxidermy)
* ''[[http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dsads/ The Advertising Artwork of Dr. Seuss]]''
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!!!Trope-based books include:
* FantasticRacism: ''The Sneetches''
* GrassIsGreener: ''I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew''
* GreenAesop: ''Literature/TheLorax'' is a condemnation of short-sighted consumerism.
* SillyReasonForWar: ''The Butter Battle Book'', a condemnation of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and Mutually-Assured Destruction
* SacredHospitality[=/=]TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: ''Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose'', in which the animals who take advantage of Thidwick's generous nature meet an unpleasant end.

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!!!Dr. Seuss and his books provide examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: ''Horton Hears A Who''
* AdaptationExpansion: All of the feature films and most of the TV specials.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Numerous, including two feature films.
* AerithAndBob: In ''The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'' there is Bartholomew Cubbins, King Derwin, Mr. Snippets, Alrec and the Grand Duke ''Wilfred''.
* AnAesop: Most books that aren't simple rhyming books contain one (notably ''The Lorax'', ''The Butter Battle Book'', ''Green Eggs & Ham'', ''Oh, The Places You'll Go!'', and ''Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?'')
* BarbieDollAnatomy: ''The Seven Lady Godivas''.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In ''The Lorax'', the Lorax's line, "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie," was removed from the book in 1985 after two research associates from the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss about the clean-up of Lake Erie. However, the same line is still kept in the 1972 TV AnimatedAdaptation (it is spoken by one of the Humming Fish), even in the VHS and DVD releases.
* CastsNoShadow: Harry Haddow in ''Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?''
-->He thinks that, perhaps, something's wrong with his Gizz,\\
and I think that, by golly, there probably is.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Horton the Elephant has two: "A person is a person, no matter how small" (''Horton Hears A Who'') and "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100%." (''Horton Hatches the Egg'').
* ConjoinedTwins: The Brothers Ba-zoo in ''Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?'' are conjoined by their ''hair''.
** This concept appeared earlier in Dr. Seuss's work, as well.
* CreatorProvincialism: Seuss lived in Springfield, Massachusetts for the entirety of his youth and drew inspiration from his surroundings. Springfield is mentioned in several of his works (most notably ''Mulberry Street'') and some of his illustrations are [[http://www.springfieldmuseums.org/the_museums/springfield_history/exhibits/view/200-and_to_think_that_he_saw_it_in_springfield surreal versions of real places in town]]. Today the Springfield central library has an outdoor shrine to him that includes statues of him and various characters, as well as a giant book statue containing the entire text of ''Oh, The Places You'll Go''.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Sam, who keeps trying to get his friend to try green eggs and ham after being rejected countless times.
** Horton is always faithful, one hundred percent.
** The Lorax gets a speech that illustrates this well in his book's 1970's AnimatedAdaptation.
--> I speak for the trees! Let 'em grow, let 'em grow!\\
But nobody listens too much, don't you know?\\
I speak for the trees, and I'll yell and I'll shout\\
For the fine things on Earth that are on their way out!\\
They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past,\\
But sometimes I think progress is progressing too fast!\\
They say I'm a fool to oppose things like these,\\
But I'm going to continue to speak for the trees!
** Seuss himself also applies, he was rejected 27 times when he sent the manuscript for one of his first children's books to be published. You probably know it as "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street."
*** Possibly a subversion or even DoubleSubversion. 27 times proved too many for Seuss, and he was on his way to burn the transcript in his frustration when by random chance, he bumped into an old friend who just happened to become a publisher.
* DownerEnding: ''The Lorax'' ends with [[spoiler: the forest gone, the animals gone, and the Lorax gone. Only the Once-ler remains, who regrets his actions. However, there is one ray of hope: UNLESS. If the boy can regrow the forest and protect it, maybe the Lorax will come back]].
* EvilChancellor: Droon of ''The King's Stilts''. Well, more of a {{Jerkass}} Chancellor anyway.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Pants-Eating Plants from ''Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?''
* ExtremeOmnivore: Again, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Pants-Eating Plants]].
* FantasticRacism: The driving plot of the Sneetches story.
* GetOut
** This is shouted by Mayzie in "Horton Hatches the Egg" when, after allowing Horton to sit on her egg because she's too lazy for that responsibility, the egg of his starts hatching:
-->"But it's MINE!" screamed the bird, when she heard the egg crack.\\
(The work was all done. Now she wanted it back.)\\
"It's MY egg!" she sputtered. "You stole it from me!\\
''Get off of my nest and get out of my tree!"''
** ''Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!'' is an entire story telling the main character this.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Attempted. In his original draft of ''Hop on Pop'', he tried to sneak "contraceptive" into the words the kid lists off that he's learning about. However, his editor caught it and made him change it.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The animated version of ''The Butter Battle Book'', a Cold War allegory with a BerlinWall expy, aired four days after the real Berlin Wall fell.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: The Mandolin plays this briefly at the end of ''The Hoober-Bloob Highway''.
* HonorableElephant: Horton is always faithful, one hundred percent.
* IGaveMyWord: See HonorableElephant above.
* IgnoredEpiphany: The Once-ler does this twice in the 1972 AnimatedAdaptation of ''The Lorax''. Once when the Bar-ba-Loots were sent away, and again when the Swomee Swans and Humming Fish leave. The latter instance segues into his rant from the climax of the book.
* KarmaHoudini: The makers of the ''{{Horton Hears A Who}}'' film note in the commentary that he "wasn't in the comeuppance business."
* TheMovie: ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas'', ''The Cat In The Hat'' (twice), ''Horton Hears A Who!'', ''The Lorax''
* NamesTheSame: Mayzie, a bird from ''Horton Hatches the Egg'' and Mayzie of ''Daisy-Head Mayzie''.
** Also used in the opening of the movie of ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas'', which implied that these were the same "Whos" from ''Horton Hears a Who'' and showed the entire action taking place on a snowflake.
** The two Vlads in the ''Horton Hears a Who'' movie.
* NonIndicativeName: ''There's a Wocket In My Pocket'' does not contain any Wockets in the book proper. There is one right on the cover, though.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Averted in a poem one of Seuss's friends wrote about it (This is from ''Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: A Biography'')
-->I think that you are a duce\\
And you certainly shouldn't rejoice\\
If you're pronouncing it "soose"\\
The doctor pronounces it "soice".
* NothingIsScarier: The vug under the rug from ''There's a Wocket In My Pocket''. It is never shown, appearing only as a lump under a rug in a dark room, and the only detail the reader knows about it is that it's the only creature the narrator is afraid of. This character, along with the red under the bed, was scary enough to be scrapped from the 1996 reprint.
* OnlySixFaces: Even though the good Doctor is very good at defining characters, some of his male protagonists look remarkably similar to each other and to other characters, such as Herman "Butch" Stroodel of ''Daisy-Head Mayzie'' to the protagonist of ''There's a Wocket in My Pocket''.
** Mayzie herself looks similar to Sally from ''The Cat in the Hat''.
* ParentalBonus: The entirety of ''You're Only Old Once!''
* RhymesOnADime
* RhymingWithItself: In ''Dr. Seuss' ABC'':
-->Painting pink pajamas.\\
Policeman in a pail.\\
Peter Pepper's puppy.\\
And now Papa's in the pail.
* SdrawkcabAlias: One of Seuss's pen names is [=LeSieg=], which is his real surname (Geisel) backwards. More than one child grew up grumbling about these other beginner books that didn't have cool Dr. Seuss artwork and to be shocked when they learned this when they were older.
* SneezeOfDoom: ''Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!''. The whole thing escalates up to an entire town in absolute chaos because of that bug.
* SurpriseCreepy: ''Thidwick'' ends in [[spoiler:the unwanted guests being made into taxidermy]].
* ThematicSeries: His ''Dr. Seuss'' books are all linked thematically but aren't typically in any sort of continuity.
* {{Tulpa}}: The Glunk. A little girl uses her "Thinker-Upper" to bring a variety of usually cute and harmless thoughtforms into being temporarily. But one night ends up with a Glunk which promptly causes many problems such as wracking up very large phone bills. She discovers that the Glunk cannot be UN-thunk by her alone and she and her brother have to cooperate to get rid of it.
* UnbrokenVigil: ''Horton Hatches the Egg.'' "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent."
* {{Utopia}}: The protagonist's destination in ''I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew''.
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