Friday viewing: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Cover of "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T"

For a long time I thought I made this film up because every time I mentioned The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, I’d get blank stares or questions about my sanity. I’d say, “You know that movie about a kid who didn’t want to practice the piano? Ends up in this strange place with an evil Dr. T who wants him to play the piano all the time. Written by Dr. Seuss? No?” Well, the films exists! And fortunately, I’m far from being the only one who’s seen it. The only film Dr. Seuss ever wrote is a work of mad, understated genius.

This was no box-office bonanza when it opened in 1953, but many great films aren’t. Must be one of the strangest kid films ever and I love it.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


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