The Lorax (Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda,2012)

Global warming and deforestation, pretty scary huh? But no one ever seems to pay much attention to the warnings; we just think it is a problem for the future. But Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, brings the future into the present and shows us a horrific world without trees.

When The Once-ler (Ed Helms) cuts down all the trees to make a completely pointless product called the Sneed, a forest God called The Lorax (Danny DeVito) gives him the last tree seed to give to someone who cares. So what can motivate a guy to do anything? A girl that’s who. So when Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron) promises Audrey (Taylor Swift) that he will find her a real tree, he sets off to get the girl and save the planet.


So what does a world without trees look like? Well we have electrical trees that look pretty good but have the slight problem of not being able to produce oxygen. A very important gas in the human life cycle, Meaning that we must have manufactured air produced by Aloysius O’Hare (Rob Riggle), the mayor of Thneedville and head of the “O’Hare Air” , who has a plan to stop Ted from finding the tress that can produce oxygen for free.

This original and creative animation brings the horrors of deforestation and the cruel destructive nature of mankind to life. BUT it does it in a way that both children and adults can learn and understand the damage we are causing to our planet, as well as the issues of corporate greed.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.

A very recognisable scene in this film is when we meet our adorable woodland animals, with rather good singing voices. In this part of the film The once-ler shows up and feeds the cuties marshmallows and then continues to chuck the contents of his cart onto the floor, hitting the animals with litter, clubs and knives. Teaching us again not to litter, feed animals sweeties and hunt our wildlife. This really is a film to show the children how to help our planet.  So I would defiantly have to agree with my brother, who said “it really is a film to teach you about the importance of our plant”.

If all this wasn’t encouragement enough, the film closes with a musical number…. Let it grow! Which is rather similar to Frozen’s Let it go (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, 2013).

Let it grow

Let it grow

You can’t reap what you don’t sow

Plant a seed inside the earth

Just one way to know it’s worth

Let’s celebrate the world’s rebirth

We say let it grow

It really is a song to get stuck in your head …and to get you to plant trees, making this film one of the best animations out there. Also Betty White, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron are in it so it’s got to be a good film!

This funny, romantic and all round educational film truly is brilliant. I haft to give the film 10/10, five stars and big thumbs up.

Gold star

I say Let it grow!!!

How have you not seen this? Deathbyapril- April Ely

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The Little Mermaid ( Ron Clements, John Musker, 1989)

The Little Mermaid poster.

The Little Mermaid poster.


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