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The best Dr. Seuss movies of all time

Dr. Seuss movies guarantee an entertaining night in with the family, and that's truer than true

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Danielle Valente
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Dr. Seuss movies prove that "From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere!" 

The children's author and illustrator (whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel) has enchanted generations and garnered recognition for some of the best children's books and best kids' movies out there. Thanks to his infectious rhymes, extraordinary characters and charming tales, we can't help but encourage a Seussical movie marathon! 

From remastered classics to old-school stories, our favorite Dr. Seuss movies include a bit of everything—The Cat in the Hat, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, The Lorax, to name a few. In honor of the legend's March 2 birthday, we certainly think a flick or two will make the celebration all the more sweet. 

For superfans, there are "Great things you can find if you don't stay behind." One of the best family weekend getaways is a visit to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Massachusetts.

Enjoy all-things Seuss!

Photographs provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Best Dr. Seuss movies for families

1. The Grinch (2000)

Move over, Scrooge. This Christmas killjoy and his sidekick Max have stolen hearts year after year. When the Whoville outcast decides to finally embrace the holiday spirit, will his plan backfire? Of course, no comedian is more fitting for the Grinch's portrayl than the hilariously quirky Jim Carrey. Rated PG. (Amazon.com, $15) 

2. The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Sally and Conrad's mother probably shouldn't have left the kids home alone. Believe it or not, the siblings are not the problem—it's their new feline friend and pet fish that are at odds and wreaking havoc in this live-action retelling. Rated PG. (Amazon.com, $15) 

 

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3. Horton Hears a Who (2008)

Perk up those elephant ears and take a listen! Horton discovers the teeny-tiny town of Whoville via specks of dust, although he is only able to hear its residents, not see them. He wants Whovillians to reach safety, but will his friends believe that this microscopic civilization actually exists? Rated G. (Amazon.com, $15)

4. The Lorax (2012)

Ted is swooning over Audrey, and the way to her heart is a Truffula tree. No sweat, right? Well, nature is nonexistent in the town of Thneedville, so winning over the girl of his dreams might not be so simple after all. Will the Lorax, who once reigned over the forest, be able to help the young boy in his quest? Rated PG. (Amazon.com, $14

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5. The Grinch (2018)

It's only right that the beloved Christmas classic gets a modern animated retouch for new generations to love. We welcomed the 2018 holiday season with a taste of the curmudgeonly character's holly jolly antics. Can he truly survive Whoville's Christmas season, or will he and his pup Max continue living a life of isolation? Rated PG. (Amazon.com $20) 

6. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

Bart knew there was something funky about his piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker—he just couldn't put his finger on it. When Bart enters an alternate universe, he becomes responsible—oddly enough, alongside his local plumber—for stopping Mr. T from forcing 500 boys to play the piano and hypnotizing his mother. Rated G. (Amazon.com, $13)

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7. Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973)

In this '70s TV musical short, The Cat in the Hat takes viewers through a slew of Seuss stories. Rating not available. (Amazon.com, $30)

8. The Hoober-Bloob Highway (1975)

With Seuss' stories and Dean Elliott's tunes, this TV musical is one you can't miss. Travel to an otherworldy place where Mr. Hoober-Bloob is busy sending babies to earth. Rating not available. (Amazon.com, $32)

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9. Halloween Is Grinch Night (1977)

If you thought the Grinch only had his sights set on Christmas, you're sadly mistaken. In this TV short from the '70s, our holiday bah humbug tries to set Halloween aflame. Rating not available.

10. In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)

Who better to educate a reporter on Dr. Seuss than his characters? Let the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and other popular protagonists provide the inside scoop on Theodor Seuss Geisel in this fun flick. Rating not available. (Amazon.com, $14)

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