Green Eggs & Ham (Netflix)
"YOU WINNNNNN!" — Patrick Wayne, Tic-Tac-Dough (1990)
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Green Eggs & Ham (or commonly known as Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham) is an American animated buddy comedy television series on Netflix which has been first released on November 8, 2019, based on 1960 children's book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. A second season has been announced, with the subtitle The Second Serving.
Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I try to get away from thieves Gluntz and McWinkle as they work for Hervnick Z. Snerz because he wants Mr. Jenkins the Chickeraffe.
Why It's a Fun-Filled Series to Try Here, There, and/or Anywhere
- Starts very faithful to the book it was based on. In fact, the series had the quality, similar to the animated movies of the late-1990s and the 2000s.
- The occasional Dr. Seuss like rhymes you can hear. Like the fact they explain what’s going on.
- The characters, even including the narrator, are very entertaining with tons of personality.
- The show will often have characters from other Dr. Seuss stories cameo and make references to his other books, such as “Oh, the places you’ll go!...hopefully not jail.”
- They manage to create an entire story driven show based on a 50 word book and somehow make it coherent, funny and emotional.
- The movie-quality animation is usually really good, with each episode having some legitimately amazing bits of animation, it's has some computer animation at times.
- Guy is given a proper motivation to why he's always grumpy all of the time.
- He was also given a name as well, since the original version was nameless, often being called only "Sam's friend".
- Each of the book’s characters has a distinct personality, like how Fox (now named Michael) has a terrible egg addiction and Goat is a ruthless bounty hunter.
- Creative plot. It’s not a cliche one, but an understandable and relatable one.
- Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I finally get their show since they had been the iconic duo of Dr. Seuss’ book.
- It introduces new characters like Michellee and E.B. that are both likable with good writing, and the BADGUYS which are what makes the show's comedy even better.
- Pleasant voice-acting. For instance, Adam DeVine, who previously voiced Pizza Steve from Uncle Grandpa and Julian from Ice Age: Collision Course, did a good job voicing Sam-I-Am.
- The art-style is faithful to Dr Seuss’s art-style, not too different either. The character designs are the most noticeable.
- There is a fantastic and actually unforeseeable plot twist towards the end where it’s revealed that Sam I Am was actually intending to sell Mr. Jenkins to Snerz the whole time.
- Character development at it’s best. For instance, you can see the scenes where Sam and Guy deal with problems with each other, and Michellee tries to ease out of her status as an overprotective mother for her daughter's happiness.
- Sam is given a surprisingly heartbreaking backstory where his mother dropped him off at an orphanage, and her being the root of his love of green eggs and ham; then later in the episode “There”, when Guy says “you don’t fit anybody, not even your own mother!”, there’s an aura around the scene that reads “okay, buddy, you may have taken it a bit too far there.”
- A decent mix of serious moments and funny/comedic moments in order to fit the tone of each episode plot.
Bad Qualities That Are Shown Here, There, and/or Anywhere
- The animation, while good, has some cut corners. Some characters can look off-model at times, especially Guy.
- The relationship between Guy and Michellee follows a bit of an annoying pattern; “they trust each other, now Michellee hates him. They trust each other, now Michellee hates him.” This can come off as frustratingly repetitive and makes the character feel reversed.
The series has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- This show is the most expensive animated series produced on Netflix. One can assume that most of the budget went into the backgrounds, animation, voice acting, and use of licensed songs. Also, the show went through numerous retakes (8-9) each episode. ￼
- Ellen DeGeneres is one of the executive producers of the show.
- Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Jim Carrey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, Jack Black, Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Harry Shearer, Robert Downey Jr., Mandy Patinkin, John Lithgow, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Gary Oldman, J.K. Simmons, Chris O'Dowd, Jeff Bridges, and Paul Giamatti were all considered for the role of Mr. Hervnick Z. Snerz.