Dr. Seuss was born on this date 108 years ago.¬† For the Matchup of the Day, we have the only film Seuss ever wrote a screenplay for going up against a science fiction flick that I watched all the time as a kid:
I’m no child psychologist, but both seem to be about boys who have nightmares because they lack a positive father figure.¬† Well, that isn’t the primary conflict in¬†Dreamscape, but it’s an important part of the story.¬† Dennis Quaid plays a psychic who is recruited by the government for a program that is studying how to link to an individual’s subconscious via¬† their dreams.¬† One of the test subjects is a kid who experiences a reoccurring nightmare involving a snake man.¬† Quaid volunteers to enter into his dream in order to help him overcome his psychological issues.¬† While they are running from the snake man monster, the boy points to his father and says “He won’t help us”.¬† So, Quaid ends up distracting the creature while the young fellow chops it with an axe.¬†¬†¬†
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is entirely about Bart and his piano-oriented nightmare.¬† In the real world, he is forced to practice the instrument by his tyrannical teacher Dr. Terwilliker.¬† His well-meaning mother wants him to learn piano, but Bart and the plumber, Mr. Zabladowski, think Terwilliker is up to no good.¬† Bart likes Zabladowski and wants him to marry his mother, who is a widow.¬†
After some monotonous practicing, Bart nods off and enters a dream world dominated by Terwilliker.¬† His evil plan involves kidnapping 500 young boys and forcing them to play a giant piano day and night.¬† Bart’s mother is under Terwilliker’s spell.¬† Zabladowsk is installing sinks in the piano prison and is unaware of the diabolical scheme.¬† When Bart convinces him of¬†¬†Terwilliker’s plot, they band together to vanquish him. ¬† ¬†¬†
Dr. Seuss wasn’t pleased with¬†The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and didn’t want anything to do with it after the film’s release.¬† I didn’t get much from it myself.¬† There was more imagination behind the dreamworld in Dr. T than what Dreamscape had to offer, I’ll give it that.¬† I was mostly left cold by the lackluster musical numbers and uncharismatic cast.¬† At least the nuclear holocaust nightmare scenes in Dreamscape still make an impression on me after all these years, even if the snake man just seems silly now.¬†
Jon Bon Jovi is 50 today.¬† Here he is with “Blaze of Glory”, his Academy Award nominated song for the Young Guns 2 soundtrack:
Davy Jones from The Monkees passed away a couple days ago.¬† I saw him speak in person at a screening of the film Head a few years back, so that was nice.¬† In case you missed all the tributes and news stories, here he is singing “Daydream Believer”.¬† I always liked this song.