Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Lorax, he speaks for the trees...




Chuck Jones' version of Dr. Seuss' the Lorax

New but not necessarily improved Lorax
I watched the new version of The Lorax.   I am a big Dr. Seuss fan and I liked the original children's book The Lorax and the Chuck Jones' embedded animated version depicted above.  But the most recent movie 3-D version, while it had some moments, was not as good.  Any surprise?  It will probably entertain your kids for a sitting or two, but it will not be a classic you will watch again and again.  This current movie bordered at times on Al Gore sanctimonious.  There is an anti capitalist message in the story (which I disagree with), but there is a pro life message in Horton Hears a Who, and a pro parenting message in Horton Hatches An Egg, and a anti materialistic and focus on the meaning of Christmas message in The Grinch who Stole Christmas.  While I don't agree with every opinion Theodor Seuss Geisel may have had, I believe Dr. Seuss was a genius.  So I am not going to be too harsh on the new version of The Lorax.  Kids will probably like it even if it is a bit preachy, drawn out, heavy handed, hypocritical, and over the top.  There is also difference between conservation vs. environmentalism.  You can use the movie as a starting point to discuss that with the kids.   Danny DeVito as the voice of the Lorax and Taylor Swift and Zac Efron as other characters do fine as voices in the film.  The animation well done.  
Update:  Separated at Birth:  The Lorax and ...?

1 comment:

  1. The main library on the UCSD campus is named in honor of Geisel. Interesting structure: link There's a lot more of it underground.

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