Monday, 13 August 2012
The Lorax - Film Review
We're lucky enough to be part of the Tots100 Film club and this month we were sent a copy of the original TV cartoon of Dr Seuss's 'The Lorax'. The updated Hollywood version is currently on the big screen so I was really interested to see how this would fare being as it was first broadcast in the early 70's. It's been digitally remastered so it looks glorious and I love the twangy 70's music that plays during the 25 minutes it runs.
The Lorax is a creature who speaks for the trees and he rushes to their defence when the Once-ler starts chopping them down for his own gain to make Thneeds. The Once-ler goes across the land chopping down trees and changing the landscape from a beautiful place with colourful trees and happy creatures to an industrial place where the skies are filled with black smoke and rivers are polluted. He is the epitome of capitalism and a sad world emerges where peoples materialistic tendancies cause suffering to nature. The Lorax appeals to the Once-ler's conscience and you'll have to see the film to find out if he succeeds.
Isla watched it 3 times in one day she liked it that much. I'm certain she didn't understand the message behind the film but she did connect with The Lorax, feared for him when he was on the conveyor belt with the threat of being made into a Thneed. She also liked the music and I could tell she wasn't happy with the way the world was going with The Once-ler in charge. I loved it. I loved the message. I loved the retro-ness of it. And I think I would hesitate now to go and see the new version of this story as I'm sure it wouldn't feel so imaginative and weird. We could all do with a reminder sometimes that the world isn't being looked after and watching this film would be a good way of starting children off on a path of realisation that they must look after this planet.
The Lorax DVD was sent to us for free in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.