To Lorax or Not to Lorax..That is the Question.

06 Mar

My husband and I went to see it this weekend with 3 teenagers in tow.  It was a fun movie over all, but the bashing of capitalism was a bit over the top.  I found it quite heavy-handed in a lot of talk, but very little teaching by the so-called keeper of the trees.

One of the first questions my teens asked after the show was, “why didn’t the Lorax just teach him about replanting the trees, rather than letting him destroy the land?”

While we were all entertained by the antics of the singing fish and dancing animals, the message of saving the trees and being respectful of the environment was lost by the fruitless efforts or lack of effort portrayed by the Lorax. It was specially confusing when the Lorax tried to sabotage the Once-lers efforts, as well as throwing him into the river.  What were the kids supposed to learn from that?

It did make for some really good teaching moments on our ride home.

Have you seen the movie yet?  What is your take on it?  It is okay to agree, or disagree with my opinion.  After all, it is just that…an opinion.



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2 responses to “To Lorax or Not to Lorax..That is the Question.

  1. Mookology.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I think the message here is to learn from your mistakes. If the Lorax simply told the Once-ler the real consequences for his actions, would he have been humbled at the end?

    • The Katy Coupon Zone

      March 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

      I believe the ending would have been drastically different, as there would have been no real need for his humbling. I guess my disappointment came when the Lorax attempted sabotage rather than teaching. Then sitting back and watching the impending failure, hoping for change, rather than getting in there and making a difference. I was looking for him to save the day by being a doer. But… he did little more than make noise.


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