Watch Dr. Seuss: The Lorax
- 25 min
Dr. Seuss: The Lorax is an animated musical fantasy film from the year 1972. The film is directed and produced by Hawley Pratt and co-directed by Dr. Seuss himself. The movie is based on the 1971 children's book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, which is a fable about environmentalism and conservation. The story is set in the land of Truffula Trees, which is inhabited by a variety of colourful animals, including the Humming-Fish, Swomee-Swans, and Bar-ba-loots. The area is ruled by a greedy and short-sighted businessman named the Once-ler, who is determined to turn the Truffula Trees into a thriving business by harvesting them to make products called Thneeds. The Once-ler's factory, which is powered by smoke-belching machines, begins to pollute the air and water, and the natural habitat of the animals is destroyed. A boy living in a completely artificial city comes to the outskirts of the once-beautiful Truffula Valley and listens to the plight of the few surviving creatures. He discovers from the Once-ler that only a little creature called the Lorax can save the trees that give life to the animals. When the Once-ler's greed led to the downfall of the Truffula Trees, he also caused the departure of the Lorax, a small, mustached creature who speaks for the trees. In their parting words, the Lorax warned the Once-ler that there is such a thing as too much profit. The Lorax is a melancholy character, who is deeply concerned about the fate of the environment, and serves as a voice for nature throughout the film. The Lorax is voiced by the legendary actor Eddie Albert. The Once-ler, whose greed motivates the story, is voiced by Bob Holt, who also provides the voice for several other characters in the film. Athena Lorde voices the character of Audrey, who is the love-interest of the boy who has arrived from the artificial city. The songs in the movie are very catchy, and the music is a delightful combination of a variety of styles, including jazz, pop, and folk. The most famous song in the movie is "The Lorax's "How Bad Can I Be", which is sung by the Once-ler as justification for his environmentally destructive actions. The animation is classic Dr. Seuss style, with its wild, whimsical and colourful designs. The characters are cute, and the scenery is colourful with lush greens, pinks and oranges. The imaginative creatures and the wild imaginings of Dr. Seuss adds a magical charm to the entire film. The Lorax's voiceover and character design create a unique and memorable character that leaves a lasting impression on viewers. Overall, Dr. Seuss: The Lorax is a delightful children's movie with a powerful message about environmentalism, greed, and the delicate balance between economic progress and ecological sustainability. The movie's themes are as urgent today as they were when the original book was released, and the film provides a refreshing appreciation for nature and the need to keep the earth healthy for future generations. The film is a wonderful adaptation of its source material and beloved by audiences both young and old. It is a perfect pick for a family outing or a cozy movie time with your little one, and ideal for those who share the concerns of environmentalism.