I am a huge Suess fan. Give me all the great social agendas you want in brightly colored nonsensical babble. I have a list of favorites, but by far The Lorax has always had my heart. For someone to put the environmental movement in the forefront of young minds is genius. Seriously how do you reach adults? Often through their kids. You can get people to quit smoking, make better health choices and watch how they do things by utilizing their kids.
I love the message, which is so brief and simple. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” It is sadly true. But what gives me hope is that there are people out there that do care. Many care about many things and ultimately we have the power to evoke change and I believe the whole theme of many of Suess’s books is just that. Change can happen, it is a matter of us caring enough to make an effort and to stand up for those things we believe in. Standing up against those things we find wrong in our world, because it is our world!
I took my son to see the movie. He doesn’t remember The Lorax from childhood, I never had that book for my kids. I feel bad that he missed out on that one. My son is one of those poor kids that gets drug around to all my enviro movies. I took him for his bday to see “Food Inc.”, once I drug him to see “Fuel”. He never really complains, I think he secretly likes documentaries and movies with a message. But them he goes back to liking those weird video game based movies. As a consolation I will plead that he is well balanced, now if I could just get him to eat more balanced!