Green Eggs & Ham (Netflix)

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Green Eggs & Ham
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Say! I do like this faithful Netflix adaptation of a classic children's book! I do! I like it, Look-a-Hook!
Genre: Animated adventure-comedy
Running Time: 27 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 8, 2019 – present
Created by: Jared Stern
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Adam DeVine
Michael Douglas
Ilana Glazer
Diane Keaton
Eddie Izzard
Jillian Bell
Jeffrey Wright
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 23


"Green Eggs & Ham" (commonly known as Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham) is an American animated buddy comedy television series on Netflix, based on 1960 children's book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It premiered on November 8, 2019. After a month, a second season subtitled The Second Serving has been announced and was released on April 8, 2022. The Second Serving is a loose adaptation of The Butter Battle Book.

Plot

Season 1

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.

Season 2 (The Second Serving)

Sam-I-Am, Guy-Am-I, and E.B. travel so they can find Sam-I-Am's mother while Pam-I-am is trying to stop Philip Trousers from getting the Moo-Lacka-Moo and stop the war between Yookia and Zookia.

Why It's a Fun-Filled Series to Try Here, There, and/or Anywhere

Overall

  1. The show is very faithful to the book it's based on and has high-quality animation similar to that of the animated movies of the late-1990s and the 2000s.
  2. The occasional Dr. Seuss-like rhymes you can hear. Like the fact that they explain what’s going on.
  3. The characters, even including the narrator, are very entertaining with tons of personality.
  4. 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.”
  5. They manage to create an entire story-driven show based on a 50-word book and somehow make it coherent, funny, and emotional.
  6. The movie-quality animation is usually really good, with each episode having some legitimately amazing bits of animation that would make Richard Williams proud. It also uses some computer animation at times, when needed.
  7. Guy is given a proper motivation as to why he's always grumpy all of the time.
    • He was also given a name, since he is originally unnamed in the book, often being called "Grouchy Guy" or "Sam's Friend".
  8. 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.
  9. Creative plot. It’s not a cliche one but an understandable and relatable one.
  10. Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I finally get their show since they had been the iconic duo of Dr. Seuss’s book.
  11. It introduces new characters like Michellee and E.B., both likable with good writing, and the BAD GUYS which make the show's comedy even better.
  12. 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.
  13. The art style is faithful to Dr. Seuss’s art style, not too different either. The character designs are the most noticeable.
  14. There is a fantastic and 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.
  15. Character development at its 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 and learns to trust others, mainly Guy who'd fallen in love with her.
  16. 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.”
  17. A decent mix of serious moments and funny/comedic moments to fit the tone of each episode's plot.
  18. "Do you like green eggs and ham?"
  19. A very good running gag is every time Sam said what Goat is doing, the former answers back such as "The Goat is on the boat, and I'm on the boat".

The Second Serving

  1. Guy is now married to Michellee and is now E.B's stepfather, which finally does away with the annoying pattern in the first season.
  2. Season 2 is noticeably darker than Season 1 with its themes.
  3. They showed the backstory of Sam's mom and why she left him. It's clear that she only left him so she could protect him. True, she didn't want to be his mother and was so focused on retrieving the Moo-Lacka-Moo that she never got to spend time with her son during his childhood, but in the episode "Your Only Mother Twice", Pam gets to spend time with Sam when he was a baby to being an adult. Later on, she becomes a better mother to Sam and they enjoy eating green eggs and ham together.
  4. E.B. goes through some character development when she goes over the other side of the wall and meets Looka from Yookia and realizes that, whether toast is buttered or not or whether it's right-side-up or upside down, they're all the same.
  5. Looka Ba Dooka is a nice new character who wants to know about Zookia and thinks everyone is the same even if butter is on top or bottom of the bread while serving as a good love interest for E.B.
  6. Season 2 ended on a good note with the world saved, Guy-Am-I, E.B, and Michellee at home in Glurfsburg with their newborn son, and Sam-I-Am and Pam-I-Am finally together.
  7. The episode "The Mom Who Loved Me" is epic as Guy, Sam-I-Am, and Pam-I-Am saved the world while Looka and E.B. reunited Yookia and Zookia into Ookia (by butter sandwiches) and Michellee has her baby, named Guy Junior after the original name for Mr. Jenkins.
  8. The season largely takes inspiration from The Butter Battle Book. As it premiered around the time Russia invaded Ukraine and fears it could escalate to World War III and a world-ending nuclear war, it was much more relevant than intended. It also gives a perfect conclusion to the original book by having Looka and E.B. reunited Yookia and Zookia into Ookia by butter sandwiches.

Bad Qualities

Overall

  1. The animation, while good, has some cut corners. Some characters can look off-model at times, especially Guy.
  2. The relationship between Guy and Michellee in Season 1 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. Her overprotectiveness of E.B. is also annoying as well in Season 1, making her very clingy like Snerz and straining her relationship with her daughter but thankfully towards the end of it, she eventually learns to shed it by letting E.B. go, trust her, and Guy, be more fun and let her have adventures, especially after the reason for it was revealed which is her husband's death years ago.

The Second Serving

  1. Pam-I-Am wasn't that likable in her introduction with how she tried to get rid of Sam, but that was before her character development.
  2. Gluntz had a minor role in Season 2 and doesn't appear much, though she does play an important role in resolving the season's conflict.
  3. Michellee doesn't have a big role in this season beyond being pregnant.
  4. The episode "To Yookia With Love", while entertaining, does give off a "filler episode" vibe, since it grinds the story to a halt to focus on E.B. and Looka.
  5. There's a surprisingly bad joke where the war was started because of, quote, "fake moos".
  6. Philip Trousers is a generic James Bond-like villain.

Reception

The series has a 100% fresh rating and 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes[1], and an 8.2/10 on IMDB.[2]

Trivia

  • 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, (which Hayes and Carrey both starred in The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, respectively), 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.
  • This show's second season was released on the same day Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released in theaters.
  • It's unknown if the show is getting renewed for a 3rd season.

References

Trailer for The Second Serving

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