By Comrade Black
Who doesn’t love the books of Dr Seuss? Mention kids books with good politics and often Dr Seuss is the first name on the list to come to mind, along with whos and whoviles and many ridiculous rhymes that remind us of childhood stories and other good times.
The other day I went to see the Lorax with an old friend who is also an ex lover of mine. Neither of us had seen a movie in a theatre in a very long time. We had few expectations of what to expect, so we paid for the overpriced tickets and hoped for the best. We were given bags of popcorn and pops that we were told were for free with the over priced tickets and plastic glasses that allow you to see normally a movie produced in 3D. They don’t honestly seem to do much for me, but if you don’t wear them the screen looks fuzzy. Hmmm.
The show started off with previews then a commercial for oil! All about how the Tar Sands was worth all the toil! A slippery start to an environmental cartoon, but of course we can’t judge this movie adaption too soon?
The animation was grrrreat and the story was strong, that is until each time they would break into song. Never in my years of watching movies like these have I seen a cartoon with worse musical cheese, and I’m vegan so no cheese for me please! No green eggs or ham either you sleeze! Speak for the animals as well as the trees!
The story based off one of his most popular books is about The Once-ler who begins to cut down the trees, thinking they will help him craft Thneeds, his invention that he thinks everyone needs. The Once-ler is opposed by the Lorax who speaks for the trees, the guardian of the forest who comes up to his knees, whos primary tactic to stop the cutting of trees is to whine and to beg, and repeatedly plead! If he just dropped a banner you could call him Greenpeace!
The story has a strong anti-consumerist theme, or maybe anti-industrial even, and is filled with great scenes or pollution and smog and fields full of the stumps of trees cut down for logs. The primary villain is a man who sells people breathable air, who like all movie villains he has the darkest of hair, while all the protagonists are blond, red, always light, in fact almost every character to grace the screen even in the background is white! Only one character has more than a 30 inch waist, she is made fun of all over the place, and the jokes don’t end there their homophobic as well, and mock those of us who don’t conform to gender that well. It seems I remember a transphobic joke in movie adaption Horton Hears A Who too, which was great, great, great, not so great humor as well. At least that movie wasn’t sponsored by SUV’s and car companies. As if they care for the environment, please! And there is not much sustainable in big budget movies, their just as bad as most industries, disposable crap, disposable cups, movie posters, and junk plastic wrapped!
Little about this Hollywood film felt much like Seuss with almost no rhymes I could deduce and not even one single who! I give this movie only a star or two. If you do truly want to get kids to see the beauty and importance of trees take them to a forest not the movies.