When I heard that Netflix was releasing a 13-episode adaption of the story, I had two thoughts:
1. How? That's a long time to be pressuring somebody to have breakfast.
2. Will there be any gay characters?
They turned it into a road trip comedy/ The irrepresible, childlike, rather needy Sam-I-Am (voiced by Adam DeVine -- sigh) has stolen a rare chickagiraffe from the zoo, and must travel to Meepville to return it to the wild.
But Sam is not what he seems. Wait -- did he just steal a car? And...um....a credit card??? This isn't your mother's Dr. Seuss.
The two cross paths in a diner (where Sam does proffer green eggs and ham), and one misunderstanding later, they are thrown together, chased by the police, BADGUYS, and a diminuitive multibillionaire who wants the animal for himself. They end up in every situation in the book: in a boat, with a goat, with a mouse, in a house, in a box, with a fox, and, more existentially, here, there, and everywhere.
No characters from other Dr. Seuss stories appear; this isn't Seussical: the Musical. But there are frequent clever references. When Sam is trapped onstage at a high school graduation, he begins his speech "Oh, the places you'll go." A fish family forced to flee their home takes a head count: "One fish, two fish, blue fish -- where's the red fish?"
But Sam's questionable morality made me uncomfortable, even though he reformed in the end.
And the action didn't really build; it was "what situation will they get into next?" I caught myself fast forwarding, thinking "Will they ever make it to that darn Meepsville).
Sam doesn't display any heterosexual interest, and his starry-eyed, touchy-feely approach to Guy definitely suggest a romantic inclination ("If you look into someone's eyes, you can see their soul"; "I could watch you working all day."]
He characterizes them as a "family," and as parents to the chickagiraffe, of which Guy is the "daddy."
And the story doesn't end with a hetero-kiss. Instead, Sam and Guy are drawn into a new adventure.
But the tacked-on Guy-Michellee romance seems a deliberate attempt to defuse any gay reading, and almost every minor character expresses heterosexual interest.
I expected something more diverse from a series that lists Ellen Degeneres as the executive producer
See also: The Gay World of Dr. Seuss