This screening is part of the celebrations around ArtYard’s Hatch on Sept 3rd, 2017.
A film for all ages.
Duration: 1 hour and 32 minutes.
FilmYard is excited to present Dr. Seuss’ wonderfully surreal musical fantasy adventure The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T . The only feature film written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), who was responsible for the story, screenplay, and lyrics. It was directed by Roy Rowland, with many takes directed, uncredited, by producer Stanley Kramer.
Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The bane of Bart’s existence is the hated piano lessons he endures under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker’s influence, and gripes to plumber August Zabladowski, without result. While hammering at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a musical dream.
In the dream, Bart is trapped at the surreal Terwilliker Institute, where the piano teacher is a madman dictator who has imprisoned non-piano-playing musicians. He built a piano so large that it requires Bart and 499 other boys (hence, 5,000 fingers) to play it. Bart’s mother has become Terwilliker’s hypnotized assistant and bride-to-be, and Bart must dodge the Institute’s guards as he scrambles to save his mother and himself. He tries to recruit Mr. Zabladowski, who was hired to install the Institute’s lavatories ahead of a vital inspection, but only after skepticism and foot-dragging are the plumber convinced to help. The two construct a noise-sucking contraption which ruins the mega-piano’s opening concert. The enslaved boys run riot, and the “atomic” noise-sucker explodes in spectacular fashion, bringing Bart out from his dream.
The movie ends on a hopeful note for Bart, when Mr. Zabladowski notices Heloise and offers to drive her to town in his jeep. Bart escapes from the piano and runs off to play.
We look forward to seeing you on September 3rd!
The ArtYard team.