Though I was reading books and rhymes for my kids I never heard the author Dr. Seuss or I was just lazy to read the author. The only book of Dr. Seuss (which I didn’t know that he was the author) that I think I have read was the “Green Eggs and Ham” and I got the curiosity when I watched Daddy Day Care together with my kid Maki. Then it was nothing more.
When Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was introduced to trailers and posters plus I get a chance to be invited for the screening (thanks to Vance for naming some of Dr. Seuss works). I got curious and researched more about him and his works. Then that’s the time I learned that Dr. Seuss was also the authors of many other books like “How The Grinch Stole Christms”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”, “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Horton Hears a Who!”. It was really fascinating knowing that these stories where made during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
The Lorax story was written in 1971 and it was written in a manner of how Dr. Seuss views his present condition. He expresses his social and political views in his works.
Summary of the Movie
The Movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax started with a musical, introducing the entire village of Thneedville. The whole village is in plastic and fresh air is a commodity. There’s a young boy with a love interest that dreamed of having a real tree. That’s where the boy’s curiosity started. He met the Once-ler outside of the village which shows that the surroundings of the village are already polluted. The Once-ler tells his story and the reason why it happened to the place because of hi invention “Thneed” which he thought everyone will need.
The Lorax was part of the Once-ler’s story to the boy. It is a small orange creature that appears from the stump of a truffula tree. The Lorax “speaks for the tress” and did warns the Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the truffula trees, but it was ignored by the Once-ler. When the last truffula tree was cut down everything was lost.
The Once-ler who was telling the story and knowing that the boy can make a difference handed the last Truffula seed and encourages him to plant it in the middle of the village so everyone can see.
The Lorax which was voiced by Danny Devito.
The Once-ler by Ed Helms
Ted by Zac Efron
Audrey by Taylor Swift
Grammy Norma by Betty White
Mr. O’Hare by Rob Riggle
It is clear that it shows about the need to take care of the environment. Inventions are good but if we are not taking precautions of what it might do to us and the environment then we will end up like the place in the story. The story was written four decades ago and it encompasses our present situation. It has shown a simple equation of the good and the evil.
The Lorax is a great animated movie for the kids to let them learn the importance of the environment at their early age. It may look simple but the impact will be great.
Picturing out a scene out of those books and creating something enticing not only for the kids but for the kids-at-heart as well does have a one heck of imagination. The singings of the characters are great and add up the notion of the futuristic story lighten ups the plot. I will definitely buy a copy of this when it is out on DVD already. I’m also recommending this to other parents as well to let your kids watch this movie.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”