5000 Fingers of Dr T [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Made in the shadow of World War II this story focuses on a little boy (Timmy from the Lassie show) and his single mother as they try to navigate through a deceptively simple universe. The performance by Hans Conried (veteran British stage actor and cartoon voice of Snidely Whiplash) as Dr. T, the evil, scheming piano teacher who dominates the boy's life, is unforgettable.
Dr. Seuss not only wrote the story but all the music for this film. There are some songs in this movie that should be as well remembered and loved as anything from Sound of Music or Wizard of Oz but are instead completely forgotten - or perhaps never known at all. One of the best songs, called "Because We're Kids" was recorded by John Coltrane and (if I'm not mistaken) Bill Evans.
If you are a lover of a) Post War Cinema, b) Obscure Films, c) Musicals, d) Dr. Seuss, or e) Any or all of the above - CHECK THIS MOVIE OUT! There is nothing like it anywhere. You WILL be entertained (and slightly unsettled). My jazz piano teacher turned me on to this film years ago and it is one of those dicoveries in life that make you wonder what other marvels are languishing in obscurity just awaiting a curious mind.
In his dream, he's taken to Dr. Terwilliker's musical academy - but this academy is only for pianists. Violinists, flautists, etc., are all imprisoned in the dungeon. So Bart sets out to save his mother, and himself, with the aid of the plumber, Mr. Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes).
Aside from the whole fantasy aspect of the film, this is a musical, with a whole stack of lovely melodies ("Dream Stuff"), bizarre but hilarious songs ("Do-Me-Do Duds" and "Hypnotic Duel" - where Dr. T. and Mr. Zabladowski fight it out), and even a ballet ("Dungeon Ballet", featuring the entire orchestra who are locked up in the dungeons - how else would musicians pass their time?).
The film is a lot of fun to watch - Hans Conried must have had a ball as the well-dressed Dr. T. It's rather tongue-in-cheek as opposed to a straight musical, so if you like a film that makes you smile, as well as leaving you humming some of the songs, this is a good one.
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This movie is an underrated Classic children's movie. I've wanted a copy for years. Ironic that it has to be from Spain as it's not available in the UK except as import.Published on 11 July 2014 by elis jones
A really like this movie. The problem is I can't view this one, because of tregional problems. So beware of that.Published on 28 July 2013 by K. Ãrsell