Yehsus - Yeah Seuss

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities".
Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel (1904 – 1991)
American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, & filmmaker.

Known for his work writing & illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Who does he remind you of? 🤔
"The Lorax book was intended to be propaganda".

First published in 1971, the story is commonly seen as a fable concerning the danger of human destruction of the natural environment.

The Lorax "Speaks for the trees" - a hearty recycling, Go-Green message.
Note the 'propaganda' colours.

It is a Great Greta wonder she was never scripted in with Lomax as her name.

International Orange & Pink - blinding colours that capture your attention to deceive.

Chromatically - Green is opposite Pink.
It activates the illusion.
Ted Seuss grew up in 'Springfield', Mass.
Springfield is a popular place for animators.

Lived at 74 'Fairfield' Street & would walk thru the Springfield Zoo in 'Forest Park' carrying a pencil & sketch pad to draw animals.

Simpsons lived at 742 'Evergreen' Terrace.

Hmmm 🤔🧐
Young Ted belonged to Boy Scout Troop 13 in Springfield.

13 huh? . .

It undertook a WWI war bond drive & thanks to a generous grandfather, Ted was a top-selling Scout. For this, he was to receive an award from former President Roosevelt in 1918.
10 awards to be given; Roosevelt had only 9. Ted was last & it was an embarrassing event.

Roosevelt made it worse.
“What’s this boy doing here?” said loudly.
Ted, ashamed - hustled off stage.

Phobia of audiences set in & Ted moved to a "mountain of isolation" in later life.
Famous become famous, because everyone is TOLD who they are.

Their lives are 'lonely' or 'secretive'.
Small towns, kept to themselves, fearful of crowds, separated families.

People who can vouch for their existence, is kept deliberately small.
Ted entered Dartmouth College in 1921 & here he first began using the pseudonym “Seuss,” when he was writing for Jack-O-Lantern, the college humour magazine.

Dart - throw with a sudden thrust, a metal pointed missile.
Mouth - an opening

More International Orange 🤔
He was busted drinking at college during times of the prohibition & Ted was prevented from writing further or continuing as editor-in-chief on the Magazine.

The "concealment of identity" was born.
Dartmouth Med School would be named in his honour tho . . .🧐
"I began to get it through my skull that words & pictures were Yin & Yang. I began thinking that words & pictures married, might possibly produce a progeny more interesting than either parent."
"The Pocket Book of Boners" - a 1934 Dr Seuss compilation.

A list of "blunders" given by children.
Sourced from children? but not made for kids. Full of risque jokes & illustrations.

“When a northern soldier could not go to the Civil War, he sent a prostitute.”
Horton Hatches The Egg [1940]

Horton the Elephant is tricked into sitting on a bird's egg while its mother takes a permanent vacation to Palm Beach.

"I meant what I said & I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent"

Faithful to the illusions.
The egg hatches, revealing an elephant-bird creature - a BLEND of Mayzie's & Horton's improbable features.

Flying Pink Elephants?

The book was adapted into a 10 min short film by Leon Schlesinger Prod & released in 1942, & Blue Sky also made a CGI feature in 2008 - of course.
War Time Propaganda

WWII sees Seuss sketching up propaganda cartoons working with Chuck Jones; director behind 'Looney Tunes'.

Their most famous was the “Private Snafu” series, named for the phrase:
“Situation Normal: All FuCkEd Up.”
Seuss supported Jap internment camps; openly passionate.

“If we want to win, we’ve got to kill the Japs.”

At wars end, he visited Hiroshima & changed tune. "Horton Hears a Who" was apparently dedicated to a friend in Kyoto.
The Erotic Seuss

Contributing illustrations to "The Bedroom Companion" [BC] - a comic showing a lust-filled woman stuck on an island with a young boy who protests:

“Is it my fault I’m only 13?” 🤔
Earl of Coventry’s wife rode naked on horseback thru the streets, protesting against her husband’s unfair taxes.

The citizens were ordered to remain indoors, as she rode.

But one man; "Peeping Tom", peered out & was struck Blind.

Once you See, you can never Unsee.
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