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 (though Seuss himself was pro-choice).
  • 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. And is she self-aware enough to know that Horton will be a far better parent than her?
    • The Cat has a few of these. Are they a Tulpa, created by Jojo? Are the more like a Great Gazoo (a trickster just having fun) or a benevolent version of The Lead Player (a slightly sociopathic and creepy, but ultimately good-hearted character), or are they there specifically to help Horton save Who, Jojo to become a Thinker, and essentially help the characters along?
  • 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 adaptations 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.
  • Tulpa: Post-revision, and depending on the individual production, Jojo's first scene often suggests that The Cat came to be part of the plot only because of Jojo's "Think" of such a being potentially owning the Hat. Supported by The Cat having his own agenda apart from Jojo's and his tendency to take part in scenes unnoticed by the rest of the cast.
  • The Woobie: Jojo.