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Bartholomew Cubbins is a fictional page and the hero of two children's books by Dr. Seuss: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) and Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949). Besides the two books about him—and the stage adaptations of them—Bartholomew Cubbins also appears as a character in the TV show The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Moreover, he is mentioned in a song by songwriter Bill Pere. Seuss's only film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., has a main character named Bartholomew Collins, who, like his namesake, is a young boy who is wiser than the adults around him.
Robert L. Short (1932 – July 6, 2009), in his book The Parables of Dr. Seuss, points out that Bartholomew shares a name with one of the apostles of Jesus. In Illuminati writings he is one of several archangels left on Earth to battle in the apocalypse. Bartholomew Cubbins is the one who exhorts the silly King Derwin of the Kingdom of Didd into humility and repentance by encouraging the king to apologize for his harmful actions.
In popular culture
- In 1999, Tom Smith released a Dr. Seuss-themed parody of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" called "500 Hats".
- A theater company in Chicago is named "Theater Oobleck." This is an indirect tribute to Seuss's books about the brave and wise page boy: "takes its name from a Dr. Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck".
- In the Master of None episode The Other Man (S5E1), Dev Shah (Aziz Ansari) offers "Bartholomew Cubbins" as an example of one of his pseudonyms.
- Chicago Reader, February 2, 2012.
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