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Midnight Paintings

These ‘Midnight Paintings’ Were Created By Dr. Seuss in Private

The name Dr. Seuss needs no introduction. Famous for his children’s novels that blended his brilliant rhyming schemes with illogical logic, nonsense words, and surrealist worlds into popular works such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!and The Lorax. Still, there was more to Dr. Seuss than just these works, despite being his most famous creations. He was also a renowned illustrator, creating artwork for magazines, political cartoons, and most interestingly of all, himself.


One of Dr. Seuss's Midnight Paintings, these drawings features a surreal humanoid bird holding a martini glass and looking slyly at the viewer
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As discussed in this article by The Guardian, Seuss illustrated hundreds of surreal artworks in the late hours of the night, painting for himself. These paintings were kept private until Seuss’s death, after which they were released to the public in an exhibition in Vancouver in 2016, dubbed The Art of Dr. Seuss and Liss Gallery. As discussed in this article by The Star, Seuss historians believe Dr. Seuss created these artworks to fulfill his imagination, his unshackled creativity inspiring him to put his best work forward for his actual public artwork. The gallery showcased sculptures, paintings, and illustrations released by his Estate, showcasing the private mind of Dr. Seuss.

Below are some of the ‘Midnight Paintings’, allowing us a glimpse into the mind of the author whose works we grew up with.


A deer drinks from a twisted water spout while surrounded by a strange, surreal world of light and shadow in this painting by Dr. Seuss
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A painting featuring surreal images of animals prancing across a starlit grassland, with fish jumping happily in a nearby pond
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A bird-like creature gazes into a mirror sadly while surrounded by a splendor of color
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A fish-like creatures swims through a surreal underwater landscape, surrounded by weird plants and coral
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The paintings were collected into a book called The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Featuring sixty-five color illustrations, the book allows one to see Dr. Seuss in a whole new light. Pick up a copy today and bask for yourself in the beautiful illustrations of Dr. Seuss’s private world.




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the grinch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘The Grinch’ Trailer Is Here and I’m Not Sold

2000 seasonal classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas is, as we all know, Jim Carey’s finest work to date. It was also the film that launched the career of slightly unsettling Gossip Girl-turned-intimidating rock musician Taylor Momsen. 


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So when I heard they were remaking Dr. Seuss’s beloved Christmas tale, I thought “I see no reason to do this.” I thought, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I thought, “How could they possibly improve on the perfection of Jim Carey’s mediocre masterpiece that I love without truly being able to articulate why?”


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The 1996 animated feature was also amazing and gave rise to the greatest gif of all time. See below.


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Why, after these two wonderful adaptations have done all that can be done with the original text, do they feel the need to…do it all again?


And I have to say: having watched the trailer for the upcoming remake, my mind just has not been changed significantly. Any trailer that features a Minion in any way, shape or form is doomed from the get-go, and sure enough, a Minion announces the name of Illumination Entertainment, the American film and animation studio behind such objectionable films as The Minions, Sing, and The Lorax. I’ll admit that Despicable Me was pretty good, but the goodness ends there.


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The trailer opens to the tune of Happy by Pharrell, which is a great song but already its usage feels dated and a bit cheap. The few lines delivered by Cumberbatch as the titular character throughout the trailer feel somewhat lackluster, and nothing is particularly amusing. There is no discernible plot except the Grinch’s intention to ‘be bad,’ and though Max is cute, he’s the only other main character we’re introduced to, so it’s hard to know if this new film will follow the original storyline of the book. 


I’m just not sold. He doesn’t even look grumpy or evil enough. He lacks character. The whole thing has left me feeling distinctly grumpier and more evil than he ever appears in the trailer. What do you think?



The Grinch will hit cinemas November 9th. 


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The Lorax

10 Dr. Seuss Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Kid

Dr. Seuss is a muse to many a folk. He talks about Whos and the places they’ll go. Though he might only seem like a fun one for kids, he’s also got thoughts for our old-people heads. Though I’ve done my best to write just like Seuss, I’ll give him the mic. Here’s some quotes to peruse.


1. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.



2. A person’s a person, no matter how small.



3. You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.


You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one
Who’ll decide where to go…



4. All alone! Whether you like it or not, 
Alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!



5. Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!



6. Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.



7. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.



8. Today was good. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.



9. The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.



10. Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.





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The Grinch

Get a Load of the New Grinch From the Upcoming Adaptation!

You know who’s just a bad banana with a greasy black peel? Mr. Grinch. And he’s coming to a cinema near you November 9, 2018. Illumination Entertainment is adapting Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic with the help of Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel.


November 2018’s a while off, but the powers that be don’t want us to forget this movie is on its way. Thus, they’ve released a poster giving the people a tease at what the upcoming adaptation might have in store. The poster features a younger Grinch with the tagline “He gets meaner.” Observers will note his festive scarf and thoroughly non-threatening demeanor. Between the tagline and his general appearance, I am guessing the movie will be something of an origin story. How the Grinch came to hate Christmas.


The Grinch

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Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the Grinch. Pete Candeland and The Secret Life of Pets co-director, Yarrow Cheney, will helm the picture. Also the title of the movie isn’t How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s just The Grinch. That’s about all we know of the movie.


It’s a year off and you can expect a teaser trailer in the coming months. Til’ then, enjoy your roast beast and have a nice time in Whoville!


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