A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn about the necessity of protecting the environment and could be inspired to read the original book.
The story starts at the end, where the devastating effects of environmental ruin are clearly shown, and the young boy must take responsibility to change things for the better. The message is clearly that each individual has a responsibility to take part in protecting the environment.
Positive Role Models
Even as he is ignored and mocked, the Lorax never stops speaking for the trees, the fish, and the birds. He demonstrates courage and integrity.
Violence & Scariness
As the Once-ler destroys the land, he deploys many Seussian contraptions to accomplish this task; among them is a machine with fast-spinning hatchets that come very close to decapitating the Lorax.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Once-ler is often seen holding a smoking cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is not the 2012 theatrical version of The Lorax -- it's an early 1970s animated version of the Dr. Seuss book that tells a timeless story of humanity's relationship with the land, water, air, and animals that will appeal to kids. There are instances of cartoonish violence as the Truffula Trees are chopped down -- Seussian machines abound -- but the lesson imparted by the Lorax as he speaks for the trees and all of nature should spark positive discussions on what can be done to protect our planet. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Clearly a product of the ecological movements of the early 1970s, the message of this Dr. Seuss story continues to resonate today. Filled with songs, rhymes, and the distinctive style of Dr. Seuss' animation that has transcended generations, The Lorax is a fast-paced and highly creative parable on the perils of unchecked economic expansion and environmental damage.
Originally a TV special, The Lorax was re-released on DVD to coincide with the 2012 Zac Ephron and Taylor Swift version of the story. For parents, this could present an opportunity to compare and contrast the past and present, in how themes and adaptations of classic children's books are interpreted then and now. Regardless, this version of The Lorax is definitely worth seeing.
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