Netflix “terminates” Dr. Seuss a year after six of the author’s famous children’s books were out of print because of allegedly racist imagery.
The streaming giant announced on Tuesday that it is developing five new animated series for preschoolers based on famous Seuss books, including Horton Hears a Who!; “The Snoops”; “Crazy Wednesday”; “Thidwick the Bighearted Moose”; and “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”.
The project is the latest collaboration between Netflix and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. In 2019, Netflix released an animated version of Green Eggs and Ham, with the second season due out on April 8th.
Netflix said the new episodes for preschoolers will “explore themes of diversity and respect for others, all told through fun and engaging stories that showcase Dr. include Seuss.”
“DR. Seuss Enterprises is proud to partner with Netflix,” said Susan Brandt, the company’s President and CEO.
Last year, DSE stopped publishing six works by Dr. Seuss over concerns they contained images that some considered racist.
The company said it scrapped six books – “If I Ran the Zoo”; “And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street”; “McElligot’s Pool”; “Beyond Zebra!”; “Great scrambled eggs!”; and “The Cat’s Quizzer” — because they “represent people in hurtful and misleading ways.”
Theodor Seuss Geisel, the real author behind the Dr. Seuss series, remains one of the world’s most popular children’s book authors three decades after his death.
But his books have come under fire from some in recent years for portraying blacks, Asians and other groups.
“If I Ran the Zoo” was criticized for portraying Africans as “pot-bellied” and “pout-lipped,” according to a biography by Seuss.
It also describes Asian characters as “helpers who all wear their eyes at an angle” from “countries no one can spell,” according to a 2019 article about Geisel’s work published in the journal Research on Diversity in Youth Literature.
And Mulberry Street, the first children’s book Geisel published under his pen name, features a controversial illustration of an Asian man holding chopsticks and a bowl of rice, which the text calls “A Chinese man eating with chopsticks.”
Earlier this month, DSE announced that it had hired an “inclusive” team of writers and artists from “a variety of ethnic backgrounds” to edit a series of unseen sketches created by Dr. Seuss and will serve as the basis for a new series of books.
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