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Cartoon Culture

Seuss Plush


I love good looking cartoon merchandise.

Reader Jim Engel wrote in to let me know that Kohl’s department stores are having a charity fundraiser where for $5. you can purchase for a limited time, several exclusive Dr. Seuss character plush dolls (from Horton Hatches The Egg, Yertle The Turtle, Hop on Pop, and Fox In Socks) that look pretty good to me. Profit from the sale of these items will support health and educational opportunities for children nationwide. You can even purchase them online. Sounds like a deal!

  • robiscus

    thanks a TON for posting this. it is a good deal.

  • With what slave labor in China were these “almost free” plush toys made? What toxins are in the stuffing? When will Americans wake up to the dangers within absurdly low-priced or “free” playthings? How much of the total price of our low-priced toys, clothing and food were paid for in blood?

  • Mark K – Yeah, you’re right, my friend.

    But you gotta admit they look cool!

  • K.Borcz

    But Horton looks soo innocent to all of this! And cute! Imagine if he knew….

  • Adam Hazlett

    After careful review, I think the books are $5 ea. and the dolls are separate at $5 each and only 99¢ for shipping.

  • Mark, you make a good point. Add to that that Dr Seuss didn’t want his work commercialized, that is why we didn’t see Seuss based toys and theme parks and live action movies until after his death. (Not counting 5,000 Fingers of Dr T, that was created for the screen)

  • So you’re equating the buying of a stuffed animal with having blood on your hands….

  • Yup, they look like Suess’s Yertel and Horton, that’s an achievement right there!

  • Adam – You are right! I read it wrong… me fix.

  • Chuck R.

    Mark, the ironies don’t stop there. Horton’s the character with the famous catchphrase, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” yet a sizable chunk of Horton’s revenues goes to Planned Parenthood.

  • as one who COLLECTS plush of animated characters (and, I guess, now it’s “official” that he is one….even tho that one 40s Warners short is great, too!)….i am ordering mine NOW!!

  • Which dolls do I buy to help the kids who made these in sweatshops at 3 cents an hour?

  • Jim Engel

    The plush are five bucks each, as are the books. The books are full-size, with foil-stamped dust-jackets as well…if you’ve got a store near you, you can buy ’em all on the spot.

    HORTON is particularly beautiful (I have one on my shelf as I write this), with a poseable trunk. The pupil treatment on these is (for once) the right shape–more like the Doc’s art, and not those UNDERDOG chest emblem pupils that make most Suess stuff look dead.

    I bought 21 plush and a dozen books last weekend, so every little kid & upcoming baby I know (including big baby ME) is getting a treat.

  • Speaking of Horton, check out the new trailer for the Blue Sky feature. It looks ridiculous, when did Blue Sky get that good?

  • Chuck R.

    No surprise to me, but Simon’s right. Blue Sky may have created the best translation of Seuss’s style to the big screen yet. The trailer’s here:

    Warning: It shows a lot of footage, maybe too much for those who like to be surprised. And there’s the obligatory recycled-Elfman-soundtrack-trailer-music.

  • Matt Sullivan


    Who cares.

  • Kyle B

    Wait these are only five dollars? If they had the price tags out when I was at Kohls a few weeks ago I would have snapped up either Yertle or Fox in Socks immediately, I honestly thought they were worth much more judging by the quality.

  • Dock Miles

    >Add to that that Dr Seuss didn’t want his work commercialized, that is why we didn’t see Seuss based toys and theme parks and live action movies until after his death.

    I’ll always remember this as an idealistic gesture that worked. His books went on and on, entertaining new generations, without the slightest “ancillary merchandise” push. Oh sure, the added-on claptrap can be plenty fun. But it’s worth underscoring what it really is.

  • The Blue Sky animation is beautiful. It’s a terrible shame that so much of it seems to be in the employ of a cynical, towel-snapping fratboy sense of humor that is 110% at odds with Seuss—and especially Horton.

    This started with Mike Myers’ CAT IN THE HAT: the idea that we weren’t just getting gagged-up Seuss, but a sarcastic mockery of Seuss. It’s something in the way derivative, marketer-friendly screenwriters write for Myers and Jim Carrey: everyone is reduced to Ace Ventura and/or Austin Powers, the lowest-common-denominator incarnations of the two actors’ early screen personas.

  • Good comments on modern humor Dave, I heartily comply. Matt, you should care about where things are made, you could be an assembly line worker in China yourself, someday! If you, Thad, want to see where U.S. dolls are still made, go to U.S.stuff.com/prodlist.htm and go to the “D”s. There you will find the names of seven doll makers, support them! All of you should care about our country’s products. Speaking of blood on the dolls, do you ever imagine that the gasoline that you pump at $3.95 a gallon as being liberally stained with blood? Sometimes I see blood-red gasoline in my nightmares! Oh and by the way, Steve, there were a few Suess toys made when he was still alive (in USA), the “Dr. Suess Zoo” comes to mind, I had a set of them. They were all plastic Suess animals with interchangeable parts, so you could create your own impossibly tall or segmented animals. I don’t remember any Horton dolls back then.

  • Chuck R.

    “Do you ever imagine that the gasoline that you pump at $3.95 a gallon as being liberally stained with blood?”

    No, I don’t. But I do see illegal narcotics as stained with blood. I don’t use drugs, so I don’t have nightmares.

    Back to animation:
    David, please look again at the Clampett and Jones Horton cartoons. They all bear the stamps of contemporary humor that only those directors would give them. (Rahlly, they do.)

  • Toward The End of Time is John Updike’s 2002 novel about the Chinese takeover of the US. Since reading it, I’ve come to feel that the book is more prescient than I imagined. Bush has put us into an enormous debt to the Chinese and is now begging for money from Saudi Arabia. No one will have to drop a bomb on us; they’ll just foreclose. Then WE can start making Horton dolls for 3 cents an hour.

  • Jess Price

    I remember getting several Seuss plush toys as a kid back in the late 80s… the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the Grinch dressed as Santa, a star-bellied Sneetch, Horton, Yertle the Turtle, and Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose. As I recall, they were excellent resemblances of the illustrated characters.

  • Mark & Jess,
    I stand corrected. I don’t remember where I read about his widow opening the promotional tie-in flood gates. I wish I had those toys when I was a kid, I loved reading his books and studying the illustrations.

  • Chuck R.

    Steve, you were correct. Audrey Geisel’s 180 on the Seuss properties is well-known, here is one account:
    The films and merchandise mentioned in previous comments are rare exceptions and were all done with Ted’s authorization. After his death in the early 90’s the floodgates indeed were opened, culminating in the terrible live-action feature films based on the Grinch and The Cat and the Hat. Audrey Geisel is the sole gatekeeper of her husband’s properties and (just as he always feared) has sullied it with commercial spinoffs. She then has the audacity to blame Mike Myers for the wreckage.

  • Keith Paynter


    Like we can do it for the same or less cost?

    Very “on-model”!

  • Dora Standpipe

    You can get other Dr. Seuss plush toys at Manhattan Toy:


    click on “plush” then “Dr Seuss”

    I have several items from their Dr Seuss line.

  • Not available in Canada. Darnit.