Green Eggs and Ham is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960. As of 2019, the book has sold 8 million copies worldwide. The story has appeared in several adaptations starting with 1973's Dr. Seuss on the Loose starring Paul Winchell as the voice of both Sam-I-am and the first-person narrator, and most notably the animated series on Netflix, which premiered on November 8, 2019.
In Season 1 of the Netflix series, Sam rescues the rare Chickeraffe from a zoo saying he intends to return it to its natural habitat. After he accidentally swaps his briefcase, containing the Chickeraffe, for that of failed inventor Guy, Sam and Guy end up on an adventure with EB, a girl who wants to adopt the Chickeraffe as a pet, and EB's overprotective mother, Michellee, who is also a romantic interest for Guy. The four are pursued by a wealthy, arrogant poacher and collector, Snerz, who wants to claim the Chickeraffe as a trophy; two mysterious "BADGUYS" named McWinkle and Gluntz; and the bounty hunter Goat. The series has received critical acclaim for its animation, humor, and voice acting. In December 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season which will be titled Green Eggs and Ham: The Second Serving.
History with the Macy's Parade
Green Eggs and Ham was first represented in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019 through the form of a giant helium balloon. The balloon was made as a means of promotion for the Green Eggs and Ham animated series on Netflix and was designed by the magic-making artists at the Macy's Parade Studio, and later constructed and painted at the Raven Aerostar headquarters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The balloon features the show's two main protagonists, Sam-I-Am and Guy-Am-I, riding in a giant green "ham-mobile" with green egg-shaped wheels with Sam taking the wheel as a grouchy Guy looks on. The balloon's prominent "ham-mobile" is said to be able to hold four million eggs or fourteen thousand 15.5 pound hams.
The Green Eggs and Ham balloon only appeared in 2019, and is not scheduled to appear again in the 2020 Parade. This is due to the balloon not being able to fly properly with the newly-implemented handling method, which requires five work vehicles, and was added in response to the on-going 2019-20 COVID-19 pandemic.
- Green Eggs and Ham is the fourth Dr. Seuss book to be represented in the Parade, having been preceded by The Cat in the Hat in 1994, The Grinch in 1997 and 2017 and Horton Hears A Who! in 2008.
- The Green Eggs and Ham balloon is the second balloon unit to be sponsored by Netflix, following in the footsteps of the 2018 The Christmas Chronicles balloons.
- Green Eggs and Ham is the first one-time giant balloon since 2001's Curious George a decade prior.