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The Hoober-Bloob Highway
Genre Animation
Comedy
Written by Dr. Seuss
Directed by Alan Zaslove
Voices of Bob Holt
Hal Smith
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) David H. DePatie
Producer(s) Friz Freleng
Dr. Seuss (characters)
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original airing February 19, 1975

The Hoober-Bloob Highway is an animated special written by Dr. Seuss and produced by DePatie-Freleng for CBS in 1975. The special is a musical, and features several songs written by Dr. Seuss and composed by Dean Elliott.

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Plot

The titular highway is a long, winding road that leads to Earth from an area high up in space where newborn babies come from. The plot revolves around a newborn child as he tries to decide what he wants out of its life, or even if he wants to go at all, before being sent down the Hoober-Bloob Highway to be born.

Mr. Hoober-Bloob, with the help of a lute with arms and legs that often breaks into fast-paced solos (which annoys Mr. Hoober-Bloob), explains to the child what to expect in human life. His explanations are often accompanied by musical vignettes of the baby, depicted as a pre-adolescent boy, in an unusual situation that accompanies the song (such as being placed in front of a long and quickly scrolling tape with checkboxes on it and being expected to check the boxes quickly in the "Answer Yes or No" segment). Eventually, the baby makes its decisions, and Mr. Hoober-Bloob excitedly pushes it down the Hoober-Bloob Highway at last.

Cast

Reception

The Hoober-Bloob Highway was nominated for a Primetime Emmy, but it lost to Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus. Today, it's one of the lesser-known Dr. Seuss animated specials, having not been a book adaptation. It was given limited release on VHS, and can also be found alongside the VHS release of The Cat in the Hat and the VHS and DVD releases of The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat.

Soundtrack

The Hoober-Bloob Highway features a number of songs, centered around the decisions the newborn must make about his future life. All the lyrics are written by Dr. Seuss, all music by Dean Elliott.

  • The Hoober-Bloob Highway
  • ...And That's the Way It Is, Bub
  • West Watch-A-Ka-Tella
  • This Is Your Life
  • Among the Daisies
  • That's Just the Beginning
  • Things You Have to Know
  • I Know the Way You Feel, Bub
  • On the Other Hand, Though
  • It's Fun to be a Human
  • What Do You Do?
  • Answer Yes or No
  • You're a Human

Trivia

This was DFE's first Dr. Seuss special not based on Geisel's books (though it did borrow a few elements from them, such as Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Fox in Socks, If I Ran the Zoo, On Beyond Zebra!, and Scrambled Eggs Super!) and the last for CBS, as the studio would make the final three for ABC.

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