Series / The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss

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This is what you get when you combine Jim Henson puppetry with Dr. Seuss characters, along with some CGI animation for the settings.

It aired from 1996 to 1997 and lasted for two seasons.

Tropes:

  • Art Evolution: The first season used regular sets and props, while the second season used a "digital backlot" with the puppets performing in front of a green screen and a CGI set dropped in afterwards.
  • Ascended Extra: Quite a few characters, including the Little Cats (who appeared in The Cat In The Hat Comes Back), and Morton the Elephant Bird (who appeared without a name at the end of Horton Hatches The Egg).
  • Big Storm Episode: In "There is Nothing to Fear in Here", The Cat in the Hat, the Little Cats, and Terrence McBird take shelter in the Cat's Playhouse when a thunderstorm causes the lights to go out. Terrence is afraid of thunderstorms, but the cats help him overcome his fear by inventing in-the-dark games.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • In "The Birthday Moose", it's Thidwick's birthday, and Thidwick is excited about the Birthday Bird taking him and his friends sharing the same birthday, Morton the Elephant Bird, Mr. Knox, Fox in Socks, and Fiona Phish, to Katroo for a huge party. When Thidwick finds out that the Birthday Bird is unable to make it this year, he decides to take him and his friends to Katroo himself, disguised as the Birthday Bird.
    • In "The Cat in the Hat's Big Birthday Surprise", it's Terrence McBird's birthday, and he thinks his friends have forgotten. They're really planning his surprise party. In the Wubbulous World, Felix Finkledooper celebrates an extra-special 8th birthday with the 8th Birthday Glurk, and Princess Tizz is sad because all of her birthday presents are too rare and precious to play with.
  • Canon Foreigner: While many of the characters on the show are pre-existing Dr. Seuss characters, others were created specifically for the series. Two of the most notable are Sarah Hall-Small and Terrence McBird, both of whom debuted in the second season.
  • Clear My Name: The episode "The Snoozer".
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: This was the A-plot for many of the episodes of the second season. Usually, the Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats will engage in some kind of fun activity, but Terrence McBird will refuse to try it at first. When he does finally join in the fun activity towards the end of the episode, he finds out he actually had fun and it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be.
  • Did You Die?: The episode, "Norval the Great" features Binky telling his friends about his adventures with his pet fish, Norval. In the middle of the story, one of his friends asks, "Did you and Norval die?". The others look at her and respond, "Duh...".
  • Egg MacGuffin: The episode, "The Song of the Zubble-Wump" involves a girl named Megan and her friend Horton the Elephant trying to retrieve the priceless Zubble-Wump egg, which was stolen by The Grinch.
  • Evil Chancellor: In "The King's Beard", Yertle the Turtle acts as the trusted advisor for two different kings.
  • Fear of Thunder: In "There is Nothing to Fear in Here", Terrence McBird is revealed to be afraid of thunderstorms, especially ones that cause the lights to go out. The Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats help him overcome his fear by inventing in-the-dark games.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Many of the characters from many of Dr. Seuss' works combine to form the series' adventures. Notably, The Cat in the Hat is the show's host, and The Grinch and Yertle the Turtle are the series' recurring villains.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The elephant bird who appears at the end of Horton Hatches The Egg is named "Morton" in the series.
  • No Fourth Wall: Mostly used in season 2.
  • Not on the List: In "Horton Has a Hit", Morton is trying to get into the theater where his father, Horton, is performing, to stop a World Tour that Yertle the Turtle is planning to take him on afterwards. The security guard refuses to let him in, telling him he's not on the guest list. Morton asks him who is, and he checks his list and tells him, "Everyone except Morton the Elephant Bird". Upon hearing this, Morton leaves, then comes back in a Coat Hat and Mask disguise so the Security Guard will let him in.
  • The Other Darrin: Mostly for season 2, like Martin P. Robinson replacing Bruce Lanoil for the Cat in the Hat.
  • Passing the Torch: In "Mrs. Zabarelli's Holiday Baton", after directing the Jingle Day pageant for 49 years, Mrs. Zabarelli retires and gives the job and her baton to her prize student, Annie DeLoo. The episode ends in the future, with an elderly Annie passing the job and the baton to her prize student, Arianna.
  • Picky Eater: In "The Feed You Need", Terrence McBird refused to eat birdseed brickle in any color other than red. He eventually tried both pink and blue birdseed brickle near the end of the episode and found out it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be.
  • Picnic Episode: In "The Cat in the Hat's Indoor Picnic", rain spoils plans for an outdoor picnic, much to the dismay of Terrence McBird, who was looking forward to playing in the sandbox. The Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats improvise by spending their picnic in the Cat's Playhouse, and making a sandbox for Terrence with his birdbath and dried corn. In the Wubbulous World, Princess Tizz imagines where the most special picnic spot could be.
  • Re Tool: The second season boasted a Two Shorts format, with a sub-plot involving The Cat in the Hat and the little cats from the second book serving as a Framing Device for each episode.
  • Rhymes on a Dime
  • Sick Episode: In "A Bird's Guide to Health", Little Cat Z gets sick, and Terrence McBird is afraid he'll catch his cold. It's up to the Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats to show him how to stay healthy.
  • Those Two Guys: Fox in Socks and Mr. Knox, who work together as a comedy duo.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Terrence McBird loves red birdseed brickle, as revealed in "The Feed You need".
  • Turn the Other Cheek: One episode revolves around a young boy named Larry Nooly, who's dragged along to a hotel by his parents who are on their second honeymoon. He attempts to enjoy himself, except that the Grinch is also a guest and goes out of his way to sabotage everyone's fun, especially Larry's. Larry gets an idea at the end however, and has all the guests throw a surprise party in the Grinch's honor, and tops it off by giving him a gift. Unable to handle people being nice to him, the Grinch leaves.
  • Who's on First?: In "Horton Has a Hit", Fox in Socks and Mr. Knox do this kind of routine with Cindy Lou Who.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Jingle Day in "Mrs Zabarelli's Holiday Baton".

Alternative Title(s): The Wubbulous World Of Dr Seuss

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