A few weeks ago, my kids and I were invited to a screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, recently released by Universal Pictures on what would have been the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss (he died in 1991 at age 87). It’s the 4th feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss himself (Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat being the predecessors). Fortunately, my kids have seen and loved them all the Dr. Seuss films, and more importantly, read all the books.
The film features a stellar cast with Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, and Betty White. Here’s the plot: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
The film shares the cause and effect of cutting down one of natures oxygen resources The Tree’s. The Once-ler, bewitched by the beauty of the Truffulas, greedily chops them down so he can mass produce versatile garments, called “Thneeds” out of the Truffula’s colorful tufts. As the trees swiftly disappear, so do the Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swamee-Swans and the Humming-Fish. The wise old Lorax continuously warns the Once-ler but his words of wisdom are for naught as the “Thneed” business booms and the Once-ler is blinded by greed. What will it take for the Once-ler to learn his lesson? Will the Truffula trees become extinct or is there hope for regeneration?
I certainly like that the film delivers a very important message – that we all have the power to change the world, no matter how small our efforts may seem. To me, that is exactly what I want my children to grow up believing and a message that I try to instill in them everyday.
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