Young Bart Collins, lulled to sleep by the monotony of his piano lessons, dreams of a castle ruled by his piano teacher the eccentric Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T is determined to prove that his Happy Fingers Method of teaching piano is the best method in the world. Having banished all other musical instruments to the dungeon, Dr. T lures 500 reluctant little boys to perform in a colossal concert on the grandest grand piano ever built. In his effort to escape, Bart comes in contact with some of the strangest characters imaginable. Siamese twins on roller skates, a human drum and the most memorable villain since the Grinch.
Filled with surreal landscapes and tongue-twisting rhymes for which Dr. Seuss is famous, this is a movie children and their parents will love to watch again and again. The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T is family entertainment at its best.
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What We Thought:
I had never heard of, never mind seen The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. After watching it, man, what an odd film.
It’s so odd that I don’t even know if I liked it or not. Dr. Seuss wrote it and it clearly has his elements in it. There’s singing and dancing numbers. There’s weird, over the top set design. The production must have cost a fortune back then.
The costumes and wardrobe are just as bizarre. The mother wears beautiful dresses while the son wears a strange hat with a hand on it. Dr. T has a musical number where his minions get him dressed in elaborate clothing. Think Mr. Burns on The Simpsons singing about the clothes he’ll wear with all the puppies.
I can see why it’s not a beloved film or even a cult classic. A few people I know knew of it, but not many. It clearly was ahead of its time when it came out in the 1950s.
It’s not a Disney type musical. Films like Bedknobs & Broomsticks and Mary Poppins came out much later and became family friendly musicals. This has a young boy in it, but is it family friendly? I don’t know. It’s kind of creepy and dark. Maybe Alice in Wonderland is a good comparison.
It probably compares better to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. It has darker tones like that and has an odd “bad” guy. This is nowhere near the classic that is though.
The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T is a film you have to see to believe. If you’ve heard of it, the Blu-ray looks really good. It’s an older film so the picture isn’t gem perfect, but it’s worth the upgrade. If you are a Dr. Seuss fan and haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out as well. I’m sure there are people out there who love it and can’t wait to get their hands on the Blu-ray, but I don’t know if I’d ever actually watch it again.
REALLY ODD, BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE IT!
Cast & Crew:
- Dr. Seuss
Recommended If You Like:
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- Alice in Wonderland
- Dr. Seuss