Dr Seuss – The Sneetches

It only lasts around 12 minutes and it was squeezed in between Green Eggs and Ham and The Zax. They were packaged in a program called Doctor Suess On The Loose.

The Sneetches teaches us all that we are all the same no matter who we are or what we look like… and the stupidity of discrimination. I would wait all year for these 3 great segments…

There were two different types of Sneetches that live near the beach. The Star-Belly Sneetches have stars on their bellies. They believe that the star makes them more important than the Plain-Belly Sneetches who do not have stars. The Star-Belly Sneetches brag that they are the best on the beach and will not play games or socialize with those without the star.

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One day Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives and announces that he can solve the problem for the Plain-Belly Sneetches for a small price. They agree to his offer. The Plain-Belly Sneetches enter a large machine and pop out with a star on the bellies. The Star-Belly Sneetches are angry because they no longer feel superior. They decide to pay Sylvester McMonkey McBean to take off their stars. The Sneetches pay to put on, take off, and put on the stars for the rest of the day.

Eventually, the Sneetches run out of money and Sylvester McMonkey McBean leaves with all their money. He leaves saying that a Sneetch never learns. However, the Sneetches did learn a lesson that day. They decide that no kind of Sneetch is better than another. They forgot about the stars and became friends.

A toast! Raise your marshmallow stick!

A toast! Raise your good fellow stick!

A toast to the silly gimmick-ick

That we have here and thar

Sound off and let the welcome ring

So what to your star-spangled thing?

A toast! Raise your marshmallow stick!

A toast! Raise your good fellow stick!

And pooh pooh pooh to your bellied star!

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Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

26 thoughts on “Dr Seuss – The Sneetches”

  1. Awesome as were most of his stories! childhood favorites that still amuse me today. You look at this one and its message and realize it all the more how dumb it is that he’s being vilified now for being a “racist”

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  2. This might have been the most effective argument against racism ever written. In ten minutes Dr. Seuss made those who were promoting it look like idiots. The people who are now calling him a racist can’t see the forest for the trees.

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    1. I was telling someone today…I was 6 and I knew exactly where he was coming from…it was obvious…it’s cherry-picking.

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      1. When I was in grammar school, the Sisters kept us in line by telling us that anything we did was going to become part of our “permanent record,” and that things we did in 3rd grade would come back to haunt us some day when we were trying to get a job or to get married. I think there are people in the world now who are hellbent on making that nightmare a reality…

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      2. Yes I agree John. I’m sure glad we didn’t have texts, emails, and etc when I was young. We all would have been persecuted and so would the people complaining.

        We were told the same thing…I remember at graduation we were told….”don’t throw your hats up or it will be on your permanent record. “….of course…we threw our hats up.

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      3. they even videotaped us…so they could tell who done it…never heard back. Somewhere in a file you have us throwing our hats.

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      4. It was a bluff I’m sure…I guess they just didn’t want us doing it. It makes no sense.

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    1. Thank you lol….I’ve done that before! Damn I did it in the other day.

      Yes it is…the only one problem I have with it is… I start wanting to talk in rhyme after I read or hear it.

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      1. That…is wonderful. I just saw the ABC book last week while looking through them. I was looking for The Seven Lady Godivas…the only adult book he ever wrote I think. Someone gave that to me when I was a teenager.

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  3. I have vague memories of having seen this, but I’m very familiar with the book. Also, it’s a welcome reminder about the positive message within his work given recent controversy about some of his books (though that’s not to say that the criticism levelled at those titles isn’t valid)

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    1. Funny thing is I wrote this before all of that happened.
      It sure boosted the popularity of those books. They were in the best sellers list. I do agree though that parents should study what they give their kids and they need to make that decision and learn from things.

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      1. Absolutely. I don’t know any of the books that were withdrawn and I’m not saying that criticism, but I wouldn’t assume that something that was acceptable 40 to 80 years ago would be suitable now (similarly, TV and film from way back can be challenged in a similar way). I dare say the issue is that they are children’s books and, well, kids can access stuff like that from schools and libraries easily. Especially if it’s popular and they like other titles.

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      2. Oh they didn’t pull them from libraries. The irony of all of this is…it pretty much made them more popular.

        Just so you know also…because these days I like to get this out…I’m neither a conservative nor liberal. I’m not part of the Trump worship group or the Biden people either. I’m the minority in between.

        The biggest problem I have with the word challenge…what does that mean? If it means a label on it…ok fine…I’m a classic movie and tv junkie because the stories and other things were built so well….I mean, I don’t see another Citizen Kane today…the audience has no patience now….I’m veerying off topic aren’t I? lol

        When I watch a 1920s Buster Keaton film…I look at it with 1920s eyes.

        Now…going forward I could see that.

        Another blogger told me something amusing…he said what if the Seuss people started this?

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      3. Yeah, sorry – they just stopped publishing and recalled what was out there, huh?

        I’m probably considered quite liberal. I’m not a believer in the cancel culture though… I don’t think it leaves room for discussion or learning. I do believe there are a lot of dafties out there that make discussion impossible anyhoo.

        But yeah, watching, listening, and reading with the time in mind is often important. Even if the language or images aren’t cool by today’s standards or representative of a more diverse culture.

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      4. I was hesitant over posting it now…because I thought I might be bombed with people.

        My son is studying film in college and he has learned a lot by watching those old movies…both good and bad but he gets it. He said it was amazing how long we have come.

        Yes there are crazy ones out there….the extremists…those are the ones I stay away from the entire time…and I think you eluded to…they come from both sides.

        It was nice discussing this with you and I appreciate it. I try to stay away from political things unless pop culture turns into political things.

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