' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins' manages to be clever rather than funny.
When this movie was made in 1943, audiences were likely impressed more than amused ...
I'll rate this animated short 4 points out of 10.
Most modern kids are too jaded to like this sort of thing.
Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo.
Le Sieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. May have some damage to the cover or binding but integrity is still intact.
Parents need to know that this is an entrancing read-aloud.
Bartholomew faces perils cheerfully, correctly assuming that his own blamelessness will carry him through -- he models good sense, optimism, and self-esteem.
but an absolutely identical little red hat instantly appears in its place on his head.
When he removes this second hat, an identical third hat replaces it... From this point, the hats gradually become more complicated: one hat sprouts a feather, the next has two feathers, until the 500th and last hat becomes very elaborate indeed.
In Pal's animated version, EVERY hat after the first one is extremely elaborate, and each hat is different ...
so that we get no sense of them becoming increasingly complicated.
This technique was remarkable and distinctive at the time, but has since become overfamiliar from its use in other venues, such as in the Pillsbury Doughboy adverts.