Remembering Dr. Seuss: 4 Book-to-Film Adaptations, Ranked

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The famed children's-book author was born on March 2, 1904.

Children's-book author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel better known by his pseudonym, Dr. Seuss made his mark in Hollywood when film adaptations of his best-selling books The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax, among others hit the big screen.

The author, born on March 2, 1904, was 87 years old when he died on Sept. 24, 1991 of oral cancer. On what would have been Dr. Seuss' 111th birthday, The Hollywood Reporter ranks recent film adaptations of his illustrated works from worst to best, based on box-office performance.

4. Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Mike Myers starred in the leading role of the live-action version of The Cat in the Hat, one of the author's best-known stories. In the film, which grossed $133.96 million worldwide, Myers transforms into a talking cat who takes two bored kids on an imaginative adventure. Alec Baldwin and Dakota Fanning also co-star.

3. Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

The animated film featured an all-star cast of voice actors consisting of Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler, among others. Horton Hears a Who! grossed a total of $297.14 million worldwide.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Jim Carrey starred as the Grinch, a villainous creature set on taking over Whoville's Christmas celebration, in the 2000 live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss' famed book. Taylor Momsen and Jeffrey Tambor also were featured in the film, which totaled a worldwide gross of $345.14 million and won an Oscar in 2001 for best makeup.

1. The Lorax (2012)

The animated film The Lorax, based on a tiny creature who takes on the big fight to protect his land, featured voiceovers from Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White. The cartoon grossed $348.84 worldwide, beating all of the other onscreen adaptations at the box office.

In the coming years, another film adaptation of one of the author's books will make its debut: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an animated version of the 2000 live-action film starring Jim Carrey, is set to be released in November 2017.

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