YMMV / Dr. Seuss

  • Anvilicious: Seuss's aesops are not delivered gently.
    • Interestingly, he usually didnít write his books with morals in mind. He preferred to let it grow out from the story, saying ďA kid can see a moral coming a mile away.Ē
  • Covered Up: The Red Hot Chili Peppers did an adaptation of "Yertle the Turtle".
  • Crazy Awesome: The circus and zoo featured in If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo.
    • Also the thing that was "seen" on Mulberry Street.
  • Heartwarming Moment: The Lorax originally had the fish, chased out of their lake by pollution, say that "I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie". But "People indeed cared a whole awful lot,/ And worked very hard, and better it got." (to paraphrase the book's ending) - and so Dr. Seuss removed the line.
    • The ending of Horton Hatches The Egg: "'And it should be, it should be, it should be like that / because Horton was faithful. He sat and he sat. / He meant what he said and he said what he meant...' / And they sent him home, happy one hundred percent."
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Horton Hears a Who has been co-opted as support by many pro-life groups, who use the famous line: "A person's a person, no matter how small" as their rallying cry. In truth, Seuss was commenting on how America was basically ignoring the rebuilding needs of post-WWII Japan, and that line in particular was intended to send the message that regardless of the fact that we had just fought a war against them, treating them that way was simply not right, and would probably engender further resentment against the United States. The man himself wasn't pro-life and sued a pro-life organization for using the phrase on their stationary.
    • At least one right-winger has compared liberals to the mooching animals in Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, which invokes Death of the Author in light of Seuss' progressive political beliefs.
  • Never Live It Down: Despite his personal efforts to shy away from his problematic past, Seuss's early, racist newspaper cartoons have yet to leave the public consciousness.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Zig-zagged. To a kid, the star-bellied Sneeches and Yertle The Turtle aren't racists or Nazis, respectively, so much as jerks. With the exception of The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book, who's messages are Ripped from the Headlines, the message is only really unsubtle to those who can read the symbolism.
  • Tear Jerker: The Lorax is a good contender for the saddest Dr. Seuss book of all time. It proves that, indeed, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
    • "Oh The Places You'll Go" is almost guaranteed to invoke tears, especially for young people just after graduating high school or college.
  • Values Resonance: His political cartoons mocking the fascist "America First" movement of the 1940s found new popularity after the rise of white nationalism in the 2010s.
  • The Woobie: Horton and Thidwick, Oh so very much.
    • The Lorax, poor soul.
    • While the aesop of The Sneetches is supposed to apply to all of them, one can't help but feel sorry for the original plain-bellied Sneetches for how they were discriminated against.
    • Mack the turtle.
    • The Sad Dad from Hop on Pop.
    • The forest creatures from The Lorax.

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