Dr. Suess

Dr. Seuss

1904-1991

By: Katie Reeve

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I chose Dr. Seuss for my animator because he was the first animator I watch on tv and the first book I ever learned to read. Most kids my age grew up watching princess movies me on the other hand I grew up watching and reading Dr. Seuss. I was always attracted by the colors and strage things and you always found something new everytime you watched the movies or read the books. Dr. Seuss is considered a animator pioneer because he had a huge contribution to the animation world well before his televition specials.

Dr. Seuss full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel born in Springfeild, Massachusetts in 1904. He had many oppritonities to view and get inspired by many creatures because his father worked at Forest Park Zoo as a curator. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he edited the schools humor magazines. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1925, he started a Ph.D. in English literature at Oxford, but dropped out when he found it unfulfilling. When he came back from Europe in 1927 he saw HIS puplished cartoon in The Saturday Evening Post. He found himself submiting other cartoons to magazines. Some of his cartoons made reference to Flit, a mosquito repellent, which led to a career in advertising when the Flit manufacturer signed him up for an ad campaign. In 1935, Geisel worked on a comic strip for King Features Syndicate called Hejji. The strip featured the adventures of a young boy in the mythical Land of Baako. This may have been the first published use of the pen name “Dr. Seuss”, where he utilized his middle name and used the appellation “Dr.” to honor his father, who had wanted him to study medicine. He wrote over 50 books that sold over a million copies! He was an editorial cartoonist for the New York paper PM from 1941 to 1943, contributing over 400 cartoons. He also did a number of cartoons for the War Bonds campaign, and these appeared in many papers during the War years. Mr. Geisel died on September 24, 1991, but Dr. Seuss shall live forever on bookshelves, in libraries, and in the hearts of his innumerable readers.

 

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