May 9, 2006
Dr. Seuss and Dr. T.
This is a rare original photo of Ted Geisel--Dr. Seuss--looking over art direction and storyboards for his one totally Seussian feature film, "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T". The gentleman with him is the art director--I think; I scanned this at home and forgot to jot down the text of the caption on the back. I'll do that tonight and update it.
If you've never seen this film, well...it's something else. I'm not sure overall how good it is--it definitely drags at times, and some of the musical numbers don't work, in my opinion--but it's got plenty of truly weird stuff never seen before or since, an epic performances by Hans Conreid as a piano teacher/despot of a fantastical dream world (his rendition of "Dress Me!" is outrageously over the top camp--while at the same time being simply a goofy Dr. Seuss idea and song) and Tommy Rettig as the kid who has pure Seuss filling his head. It's sentimental and sadistic by turns. Weirdness galore.
I do not think Ted drew these storyboards, by the way. Make sure you click on the image to enlarge it.