The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Plains, 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.
Based on the classic global best-selling book by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), Green Eggs and Ham will be adapted for television by Jared Stern (The LEGO Movie Sequel), who will also serve as executive producer alongside Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Karz and David Dobkin. The animated family comedy is from A Very Good Production, A Stern Talking To and Gulfstream Television in association with Warner Bros Animation, and distributed by Warner Bros. Television.
Green Eggs and Ham will has a star-studded voice cast led by Pitch Perfect alum Adam Devine and Academy Award winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street). It will also feature voices of Ilana Grazer (Rough Night), Oscar winner Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Eddie Izzard (The Lego Batman Movie), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Jillian Bell (Goosebumps), John Turturro (Transformers) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton).
(synopsis © Coming Soon)
There is a delight to pretty much everything Dr Seuss wrote.
It’s not simply the enrapturing lyrical rhymes that soars and swoop in exquisite loveliness through gorgeously wrought stanza after deliciously-beguiling stanza; it’s also the sheer heart that permeates every story, coupled with messages that inspire you to lead a better life and take action.
He is an author who goes to fantastical places but keeps the story grounded enough that it might just happen for real.
So it’s delightful to see that Netfflix are bringing Green Eggs and Ham, one of Dr Seuss’s acclaimed classics to the streaming screen, with all of the sweetness and quirkiness and meaning well and truly intact.
You can see if you like Green Eggs and Ham – which Netflix announced in suitably fun-filled fashion – on November 8 when it debuts on the streaming platform.