The Cat Rules!
– – I freely confess that I’ve always been a big fan of Dr. Seuss and his creations, having the stuff read to me and then reading it as a child, and later reading it aloud to younger family members as they were growing up. Dr. Seuss was light years ahead of his time, coming up with marvelously surreal creatures and plots in painfully strait-laced times. I credit Dr. Seuss and his works with strongly influencing my generally twisted take on life.
My fave Seuss character not surprisingly is the Cat in the Hat. The Cat is kind of the kingpin of the Seuss empire, it’s heart and soul, a spirit of gleeful anarchy in a Republican world…yes, the Cat is all that! The Cat could create joyful mayhem, but not to worry, he always made it right at the end! And who didn’t envy the Cat’s vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, a device which could sprout disturbing arm appendages, wings, pontoons, rocket boosters, and even change size! Alright, the styling was bizarre, but I wanted this kind of chariot more than I wanted a Jetson flying car! Thing One and Thing Two could be called on to execute the heavy-duty devastation, and then there was that marvelous anthropomorphic fish in a bowl, the lone voice of reason and caution in this mad world! There wasn’t a fish of this caliber until Klaus Heissler the goldfish in American Dad. Like Klaus, the Seuss fish seems alright breathing air so long as at least one small part of his body is in water.
Like the Cat, many Seuss characters were anthropomorphic furries that kind of led clueless humans around by the nose…and I’m glad that the Cat has a PBS series on called, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The Cat is voiced by Martin Short, and continues to be utterly awesome…and yes, I’ve been known to steal a look at the show!