Daisy-Head Mayzie

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Daisy-Head Mayzie
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Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Tony Collingwood Productions Limited
Fil-Cartoons
Distributor: Turner Home Entertainment
Release date: February 5, 1995
Run time: 23:46
Starring: Fran Smith
Henry Gibson
Susan Silo
Benjamin Smith
John Graas
Lewis Arquette
B J Ward
Paul Eiding
Jonathan Winters
Robert Ridgely
George Hearn
Tim Curry
Executive producer(s): Buzz Potamkin
Audrey Geisel
Producer(s): Margot McDonough
Music composed by: Philip Appleby
Screenplay by: Dr. Seuss
Director(s): Tony Collingwood
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Daisy-Head Mayzie is a 1995 American animated musical fantasy TV special based on the Dr. Seuss children's book of the same name. It was a joint production between Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. It aired on February 5, 1995 on TNT. It was written posthumously by Dr. Seuss, under his real name of Theodor Geisel, produced by Christopher O'Hare, and directed by Tony Collingwood.

While in school, Mayzie grows a daisy on the top of her head. All the kids tease her, the adults fear for her, but a seedy agent has big plans for Mayzie and her newly attached flora.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Characters

Legend
Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Cat in the Hat Henry Gibson
Miss Sneetcher Susan Silo
Mayzie McGrew Fran Smith
Herman (Butch) Stroodel Benjamin Smith
Einstein Van Tess John Graas
Mr. Grumm Lewis Arquette
Mrs. McGrew B J Ward
Shoe customer Unavailable
Mr. McGrew Paul Eiding
Doctor Eisenbart Jonathan Winters
Patient Unavailable
Finch Robert Ridgely
Officer Thatcher Unavailable
Mayor George Hearn
Finagle Tim Curry
TV reporter Unavailable


Locations

Objects

Vehicles

  • None

Production

Development

The special was adapted from the unpublished manuscript of Dr. Seuss. It was aired the same day the book was published; the first book published since Dr. Seuss's death in 1991.

Filming

It was copyrighted in 1994.

Release

Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: February 5, 1995 on TNT

Music

The music was composed by Philip Appleby, conducted by Geoffrey Alexander, with lyrics written by Dr. Seuss. The music was recorded at The Snake Ranch, London, while the dialogue and lyrics were recorded at The Bakery, North Hollywood.

Songs

Release

Behind the scenes

  • Whoville isn't explicitly identified as the place where Mayzie lives, but it comes from the same preexisting world, since the Cat in the Hat also cameos.
  • Officer Thatcher's name didn't make it from the book to the cartoon.

Errors

Critical reception

In other languages

Language Name Meaning

Home availability

(All the Horton Hears a Who! releases are for the animated TV special)

  • In the United States:
    • June 6, 1995: Turner Home Entertainment releases Daisy-Head Mayzie on VHS.
    • March 4, 2008: Warner Home Video releases Horton Hears a Who!: Deluxe Edition on DVD.
    • October 6, 2009: Warner Home Video releases Horton Hears a Who!: Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray (Daisy-Head Mayzie is still in Standard Definition).
  • In the United Kingdom:
    • March 10, 2008: Warner Home Video releases Horton Hears a Who!: Deluxe Edition on DVD.

Trailers

Trailer:

References