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'You can stream it on a phone, you can stream it on your own': Dr. Seuss coming to Netflix

The streaming service is teaming with Ellen DeGeneres for a "cutting edge" animation based on the classic "Green Eggs and Ham." It's even written a poem.

The 1960 children's classic is being adapted by Netflix. Random House

Do you like "Green Eggs and Ham?" Then you'll like it in your house at the click of a mouse, in a new animated series from Netflix and Ellen DeGeneres.

Netflix announced the adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss kids' book with a suitable poem:

Issued from Netflix headquarters.
Delivered straight to all reporters.
We'd love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
"Green Eggs and Ham" will become a show
and you're among the first to know.
In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat that famous green and tasty treat!
Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
"We think this will be a hit
"Green Eggs and Ham" is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally."

The 13-episode cartoon series will be available for binge-watching in 2018. When announcing the news on her chat show, the new programme's producer DeGeneres described the animation as "cutting edge", while Deadline reported that the show could be the most expensive animated series ever made.

"Green Eggs and Ham" was published in 1960 and is now one of the best-selling children's books of all time. The story, in which Sam-I-Am tries to persuade the narrator to try the titular dish, uses only fifty words -- the result of a bet between Dr Seuss and his publisher.

Netflix is an online streaming and rental service for films and TV shows, claiming 62 million members in more than 50 countries. The company is betting big on producing its own shows, following the success of 2013's "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey. Now on its third series with a fourth on the way, the show garnered a hatful of award nominations and paved the way for original shows such as "Orange is the New Black", "Bloodlines" and "Daredevil".

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