Dir: Roy Rowland
USA 1953, 89 minutes
With: Hans Conried, Tommy Rettiger, Mary Healy
‘You have no right to push us kids around, just because we’re closer to the ground.’
The only feature film written by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), this hyper-coloured fantasy musical looks a little like The Wizard of Oz might have done if Salvador Dali had designed it. Bart Collins falls asleep whilst attempting his dreaded piano practice and awakes in an Institute ruled by the deranged Dr. Terwilliker, who has captured 500 boys to help play his enormous piano. Can Bart save the day? Surreal fun, although perhaps not suitable for piano teachers.
Showing with A Colour Box (dir: Len Lye, 1935)