Green Eggs and Ham – First Look and Impressions

The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss returns with Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham – which isn’t a movie, but a 13 episode season!

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The wonderful world of Dr. Seuss returns with Netflix’s Green Eggs and Ham – which isn’t a movie, but a 13 episode season!

Creator(s) Jared Stern
Release Date November 8th, 2019
Cast Members
Narrator Keegan-Michael Key
Guy-Am-I Michael Douglas
Sam-I-Am Adam Devine
E.B. Ilana Glazer
Snerz Eddie Izzard
Fox Tracy Morgan
Mouse Daveed Diggs
Michellee Diane Keaton
Goat John Turturro
McWinkle Jeffrey Wright
Glutz Jillian Bell

Official Synopsis

The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Planes, Trains and Automobiles through the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Sam rescues the rare Chickeraffe from the Glurfsburg Zoo, hides it in a briefcase, and attempts to make his way to Meepville where he can charter a cold air balloon to take the Chickeraffe to his island home.

Guy just flopped his last big chance at being a world famous inventor for the industrial Snerz Co. He packs up his invention in a briefcase and resigns to give up on his dreams and become a paint watcher.

A chance meeting at a diner with Sam, and a switch up with the briefcases results in these two unlikely souls getting mixed up on an adventure that takes them on a journey of self discovery.

Our two mismatched heroes cross paths with overprotective Michellee, whose daughter, EB, desperately wants a pet, and falls madly in love with the Chickeraffe… despite her mother’s fears that it will eat off her face (it won’t). Michellee’s walled up heart also connects with the heart-hardened Guy. And a laborious love story begins.

Our fakakta foursome are also unknowingly pursued by a bounty hunter goat, two bad guys, and a villain who’s out to get the Chickeraffee as his ultimate trophy.

Our Take

Considering the varying relationships that classic media icons, be it the creators of Winnie The Pooh, Mary Poppins, and even Jim Henson’s family, back in the early 1990s, had/have with Disney, it should be no surprise that their heirs and license holders are seeking other platforms. So it seems only natural for Netflix to host a series based on Dr. Seuss’ works. After all, with the recent release of The Dark Crystal, a grand production that hasn’t yet led to any disparaging statements, Netflix has continued to push the idea that if you have a good idea, they are the platform to see if it can sell well to an audience.

But unlike those up and coming, Dr. Seuss is a well-established name. One that will greatly help Netflix’s continued aim to diversify its library and be a home for the demographic of 18 and up, even those in their golden years, as well as children’s entertainment. Which isn’t downplaying their Boss Baby, Puss In Boots, or other series. However, they are not on the level of Dr. Seuss.

So here is hoping, as the streaming wars continue, those who may not wish to partner with the House of Mouse, find their alternative to be the Netflix brand.

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