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"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (2012) - Movie Review - Take Care of the Environment

Updated on November 3, 2020
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Alyssa has studied TV Production, and Communication through Cinema, Media, and Entertainment in high school and in her university degrees.


Take Care of the Environment

The resources in our environment, especially trees and animals, give us the items we need to survive. At the same time, it gives us a true beauty that cannot easily be recreated. We need to be careful when we take from the environment. We need to be careful that we don't abuse the resources around us. The movie (and book), "The Lorax," show that great message. The message is that if you aren't careful about using the resources and use it for your selfish ways, then it will all be gone.

Summary and Characters

The movie, "The Lorax," which is based on the book by Dr. Seuss, is about a boy, Ted (Zac Efron), who lives in a city, Thneed-ville, which is enclosed in walls. They have all fake trees and nothing of real nature, including air, which they import. On the outside, there are no animals and all of the trees are cut down to stumps. The outside is dead and eerie, haunted by a world of color and life that used to be.

Ted decides he wants to find a real tree so he could impress a girl in town, Audrey (Taylor Swift). He sneaks out of the town multiple times, with the help of his grandma (Betty White), to visit the only person who knows where to find the truffula trees, the Once-ler (Ed Helms), whom was the reason the trees are all gone. The Once-ler tells him the story of why all the trees are cut down to stumps, his invention of Thneeds, and about the Lorax (Danny DeVito), which is a small orange creature. The Lorax appeared from the stump of the first truffula tree that was cut down by the Once-ler. He is the creature who cautioned the Once-ler of the effects of using up all of the trees because he "speaks for the trees." The Once-ler brushed off the Lorax and his warnings, but was left with one truffula seed. Ted is eventually given the seed because he showed determination and care for the trees, and told to fix the Once-ler's mistake and the environment.


The animation of the the movie is wonderfully done in enforcing the differenced between the dead present world and the lively happy world of the past. The voice acting from the actors/actresses was impeccably believable that they were the voice of the characters as they would have been imagined through the book. The directors and animators did an amazing job bringing the book and the book's great message to life.

Theme of the Film

Dr. Seuss wrote, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." If no one cares for the environment, then it won't get better by itself. It's a true and powerful message that in order to fix and save our environment, we need to take care of it before it becomes too late and it's all gone. If we let everything become dead and dulled down to nothing, we will soon be having foe trees and plants, and import air to breathe because we were selfish and only thought of ourselves.


This movie is a must see, whether you love Dr. Seuss or care "a whole awful lot" about the environment. And if you love and care lots about both those reasons, then you will definitely enjoy this film. Overall, this movie is a win in all areas: animation, the great message that we need to take care of our environment, enjoyment for all and losing yourself in an inspiring world. The grade I would give this movie is an A.

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© 2012 Alyssa Scheidemann


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