During his life-time, author Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated more than 60 books under his pen name, Dr. Seuss. His books, including the likes of The Cat in the Hat, The Sneetches, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, are considered stone-cold classics and are still adored by children to this day.

Over the years, many of Dr. Seuss’ stories have been adapted for different media, with some stories being turned into big screen adventures. But how many Dr. Seuss movies are there?

In this post, I am presenting a list of all the Dr. Seuss movies. This list provides a rundown of the films, along with some additional details.

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The cartoons/shorts/specials

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Before I get onto the movies, please note that multiple Dr. Seuss stories have been adapted into animated shorts and television shows. The first of these shorts was the 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon, Horton Hatches the Egg, while TV shows have included The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show and Green Eggs and Ham.

In addition to the shorts and shows, the work of Dr. Seuss has also inspired multiple television specials, most notably How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Halloween is Grinch Night (1977). These TV specials tend to run to 25 minutes in length, so are not considered to be feature-length movies.

OK, onto the films…

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The Dr. Seuss movies in order

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To date, there are six Dr. Seuss movies. The movies include:

  • In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • The Cat in the Hat (2003)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • The Lorax (2012)
  • The Grinch (2018)

Of the movies listed above, all of these films are big screen stories with the exception of In Search of Dr. Seuss. This is a television movie which aired on TNT in 1994, and combined newly shot live-action sequences with some of the animated shorts of the past.

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Are all of the Dr. Suess movies part of the same series?

The Dr. Suess movies tell individual tales, so should be largely viewed as separate tales.

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Who are the cast of the Dr. Seuss movies?

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The cast of the Seuss movies varies across the series, but boasts a large collection of famous actors including Kathy Najimy, Matt Frewer, Christopher Lloyd, Frank Welker, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor, Taylor Momsen, Mike Myers, Dakota Fanning, Kelly Preston, Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Pharrell Williams.

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Is the Dr. Seuss movie series the work of the same director?

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The Dr. Seuss movie series is the work of multiple directors.

Keith R. Clarke directed In Search of Dr. Seuss, while Ron Howard directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Bo Welch directed The Cat in the Hat. Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino directed Horton Hears a Who!, Chris Renaud directed The Lorax, and Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney directed The Grinch.

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What is the best Dr. Seuss movie?

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According to IMDb, the Dr. Seuss movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) – 7.1/10
  • Horton Hears a Who! (2008) – 6.8/10
  • The Lorax (2012) – 6.4/10
  • The Grinch (2018) – 6.3/10
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – 6.2/10
  • The Cat in the Hat (2003) – 4.0/10
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