The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Reviews
January 8, 2014
A boy dreams he and his mother are trapped in a dream world ruled by evil piano teacher Dr. Terwilliger, who plans to enslave 500 boys to play his giant piano. Despite writing the story and libretto, Theodor Geisel (the Philistine!) notoriously hated this Technicolor spectacle, but you'll love the fantabulously surreal Seussian set design with its curved keyboards, ladders to nowhere, and roller-skating Siamese twin guards linked by their beards.
September 5, 2010
This is an odd movie, but it's based on a Dr. Seuss book, so this movie does a good job representing that. Overall the style is good, but the actors and songs aren't so great.
January 14, 2014
It was a very enjoyable, very interesting and very fun live-action family musical fantasy. It had very great cinematography, great characters, very good cast, very fun songs, very well done costumes, very colorful sets, great adventure, very well done makeup and a great story. I haven't seen this movie in a very long time. I will recommend this movie to kids and adults.
October 16, 2011
Dr Suess wrote the screenplay and lyrics, and clearly had a hand in designing the sets...but this movie is still a weird and kind of hard to get into fantasy film. I would definitely say it i worth a look, and quite frankly I'd like to see it again sometime, for I do love Dr. Suess, but I'm not guaranteeing high quantities of entertainment on this one.
August 5, 2008
Great kids film. The "fight" scene's choreography is downright hypnotic. I had no idea there was a Dr. Seuss musical.
July 18, 2008
A very fun and creative story that is backed up with a fun cast that really puts you into the mind of dr. suess
July 1, 2007
So THIS is what it feels like to be on drugs! Quite a few screen caps can be used for a NAMBLA poster. You really wonder what Dr. Seuss was thinking.....
April 23, 2007
I personally like this film a lot. I think Willy Wonka borrowed a lot of ideas from it. It was hilarious in some parts and really showed how great movies were 50 years ago or more. They really put their imagination into it, instead of these movies that come out every year that has the same crappy story line.
Oh, and this movie was not made in 2000. Probably re-done maybe. I think the original was made in the '50s or '60s
April 5, 2007
The only screenplay written by Dr. Seuss--with a production design carefully crafted in the "Dr. Seuss style" this hysterical film is well worth your time. HIGHLY recommended.
October 6, 2006
The bizarre dream world of a mad piano genius/gestapo leader. Very entertaining, if not always great. Is part of my discovery of the world of musicals. The symphony of instruments in the middle is probably the most entertaining part.
August 11, 2006
It IS as bizarre as it sounds. I think it's cool becasue of novelty reasons.....Dr. Seuss did the set decoration. No, i'm not kidding. He really did.
June 18, 2006
I felt traumatized from watching this movie. The friend who recomended it afterward sat rocking back and forth for five minutes, oblivious to outside stimuli, saying to himself, "It wasn't my fault. It wan't my fault. It wasn't my fault."
June 10, 2006
Gorgeous. A bad song or two doesn't take much away from this cool kiddie fantasy, esp. when there are a bunch more songs that are really good!
May 24, 2014
A game effort at making a live action Dr. Suess movie. The real world just isn't up to creating in front of a camera what Mr Geisel could draw on the page. The action is slowed by being acted out before us rather than leaping ahead at the turn of a page.
As with The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter, our young hero is rewarded for surviving the peculiar adventure with a return to a comforting, conservative world. The most daring dangerous things about the movie seem to be referencing the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials:
- handy, all-seeing view screens
- dark, dirty dungeons
- angular, leering villains
- and a propensity for locking people in cages
March 1, 2013
This movie is OUT THERE! It was made I was just 3 years old! It a bit on bizarre side but look at who released it! Dr. Seuss himself! So you can probably guess it's going to be a "tad" on the BIZARRE side. I bought the dvd copy myself.See it it's good for laugh or two! Alan.
July 14, 2012
This is a strange movie in the same way that Dr. Seuss's books are strange books. Those are like no others, and anyone who tries to imitate them is immediately found out and discarded. This movie is very much like a Dr S book, especially the sets and the dance numbers. The funny songs, written by Seuss, are clever and funny, much better than the serious songs, which are sappy and boring. The dances are colorful and wonderfully choreographed.
This is NOT a movie for children, and not because of any sort of sex/violence/drug/blah blah blah. It would either scare kids or bore them silly, especially those who are used to anime and Toy Story. I think the audience that walked out at the first showing expected Disney. If you see it, take it on its own terms; the kid's life outside of fantasy is fairly boring, and the fantasy world is intense; think "If I ran the Circus" or "Happy Birthday to You."
July 12, 2012
To say this movie is anti-intellectual is one of the most ignorant things I've heard in a while. This movie captures the imagination and free spirit that all young boys have inside them, using the piano and its teacher as a metaphor for overbearing parenting and authority. The movie made me feel like a child again and made me wish that I had the creativity and genius that Geisel possessed even in his early career.
February 7, 2012
In a way a few people may consider this film being bad or bizarre. I personally thinks it's a fun and entertaining film I've seen in my childhood.
November 1, 2011
My favorite movie EVER.
April 25, 2011
The only film written by Dr. Seuss. Many of the effects and dialoge echo his children's books. The film is a cult classic but was not successful at the time it was released in the 1950's. When I first saw it I was young and all I remembered for years are the 500 pianos side by side till I saw it again.