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Reviews — 20 September 2012

As a Tots100 Film Blogger each month I get to choose from a list the one that we would like to review. Having spent many a bedtime getting my tongue in a twist around the rhymes of Dr Seuss the choice was a no brainer. It had to be The Lorax.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

The Lorax, review on mummyratesit by Michelle Hannell
The deluxe, newly remastered edition is a visual trip (s’cuse the pun) back to the 1970s where the candy-coloured Truffala Trees flourish amongst near-neon grass and where cute little animals like the tashed, furry munchkin The Lorax and Bar-ba-loots in their Bar-ba-loot suits chill in the shade. All is good, all is happy, until one day the green-limbed, entrepreneurial Once-ler drives through and finds he can put the trees’ fluffy tops to use making things called Thneeds.

What ensues are the effects of greed, deforestation, pollution and destruction of animal habitats and all of it in a very kid-friendly manner (really). There’s also some tireless campaigning by The Lorax to save his home and his friends. Whilst the story is levelled at kids I can tell you it is still an interesting watch for adults – just sit back and let your ears absorb The Lorax’s classic, meaningful quotes.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”

It’s also perhaps one of only films that has brought about a ‘big’ conversation with the kids. Whilst it’s relatively short at only 25mins, I dealt with The Rainforest, extinction of animals and whether the Once-ler had a face. Whilst I didn’t know about the last point I thought it was really nice to see that the messages of the film had ‘hit home’. Watch this space for my future blog: My kids are tree huggers!

The film finishes hopefully with the Once-ler trying to undo his wrongdoings and leaving my ‘audience’ with the hope that the Truffalas will flourish again. I am a Mummy. I speak for my kids and for myself. We loved it!

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

PS: The DVD also has a UltraViolet code which means you can stream it and watch via WiFi AND you can download it to a computer/Android/Apple device.

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