YMMV / Seussical

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: People have used the show and the book it's based on, specifically the repeated quotation "A person's a person, no matter how small", as an argument against abortion (which Seuss himself supported).
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Mayzie: The Alpha Bitch or The Ditz who is more vain than mean?
    • When she leaves the show: is she ditching the egg with Horton, or does she genuinely believe she's made his life better by making him an "egg sitting circus sensation"? The song could go either way.
  • Awesome Music: Pretty much all of it.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Havin' a Hunch" comes out of NOWHERE, has basically nothing to do with the main story, has some weird dance involving glow-in-the-dark gloves, and is never referred to again. BLAM. The song does reunite Jojo with his parents, but almost no explanation is given as to how it did so.
  • Broken Base: As with many of the adaptation after Seuss's death, many Seuss fans are divided over this being a beautiful and loving homage to Seuss and his work, or an soulless cash-grab with songs that sound as if they're written by a five year old.
  • Earworm: Pretty much every song in the play. You will have "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" and "Biggest Blame Fool" stuck in your head for days.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Several, surprisingly, the most prominent being "If you get lost, go ahead and follow your hunch, and who knows, it might take you home!" Some others:
    • If you like someone a lot, it's ok to obsessively stalk them, even when it causes yourself bodily harm. If you manage to get them what they want, both of you will definitely end up happy.
    • If you imagine enough to make you space out randomly enough to flood your basement while taking a bath and get your parents worried enough to send you to the military academy, it's ok, you'll end up saving the world!
    • It's okay to give up your egg. Make no effort to change your own frivolous lifestyle for your child and dump it off with some guy who may or may not have agreed to care for it.
  • Iron Woobie: Horton WILL hatch that egg!!
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Subverted in the fact that "A person's a person no matter how small," works.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The meaner characters get R&B and Latin-inspired music, while the nice characters get vaudeville and folk-pop material. The Sour Kangaroo is based off of Aretha Franklin (R-E-S-P-E-C-K! Woo, please take that speck a-WAY!), and the monkeys... Well...
    • Though Mayzie, who gets the strongest Latin number, is only debatable as a villain. See Alternate Character Interpretation.
    • The military camp has lost its context about being about the Cold War, making it sound as though it's dismissing all wars as frivolous. That runs counter to Seuss's own views who, while he criticized the Cold War as "crazy", could be VERY pro-war depending in the circumstance.
      • Or one could take it as simply being against sending children to military school instead of looking into what the real problem is/sending them to military school to "make men" out of them.
  • The Woobie: Jojo.