University of California San Diego - Geisel Library. Mandeville Archives
United States of America

Let us expose the public to another side of Ted Geisel’s ( Dr. Seuss’) life as a cartoonist! He served in WWII making training films for soldiers and drew cartoons during his spare time. These cartoons have a cool art style that is only a tad recognizable when it comes to Dr. Seuss. Let’s educate middle school students, high school students, college students and adults about another side of the acclaimed author. Also, with this uniquely brilliant art style, let’s further appreciation for the visual arts.

Dr. Seuss, AKA Theodore Geisel, is an iconic and historical figure for writing children’s books such as “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. What is not touched upon frequently is the fact that he served in the US Army during World War II. He did not fight in the army. Instead, he wrote scripts and drew storyboards for a series of cartoons known as “Private SNAFU”. He worked with famed Warner Brothers Animator Chuck Jones. Those cartoons, originally a military secret, taught soldiers what not to do in the US Army. During Geisel’s free time, he would draw cartoons that usually featured himself, as depicted in the photos above. Those cartoons illustrated Ted’s interpretation of life in the US Army. Most of those cartoons feature Ted, and other humans, drawn in a style that is only a fraction recognizable. That being, when it comes to the art style of Dr. Seuss. Only a few have been seen in a biography of Dr. Seuss, a documentary on the author’s life and on the internet. The rest of those cartoons have not been seen by the general public. The wartime cartoons are kept away in the Mandeville Archives section of the Geisel Library at UCSD. It is the mission of this petition to convince UCSD, the Geisel Library and the Mandeville Archives to scan as many of those cartoons as possible and put them on a special website under their banner. That way, the general public will be informed of another side of the famous children’s author. Also, it would play a big factor in the arts - sparking artistic inspiration in design.

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The Help Expose the Public to another side of Dr. Seuss petition to University of California San Diego - Geisel Library. Mandeville Archives was written by Brendan Loughran and is in the category Education at GoPetition.