Being a big fan of Dr. Seuss, I was excited when previews for “The Lorax” started popping up. I was a bit skeptical; however, as this is one of my favorite books and I wasn’t sure how it was going to translate to the big screen. My skepticism was put to rest in the first 5 minutes.
In a nutshell, it was awesome.
1. It teaches a great lesson on environmental responsibility. Even the youngest viewers can understand the negative impact that cutting down the Truffala trees had on the entire ecosystem. And it goes one step further (see number 2).
2. There’s an emphasis on personal responsibility. As consumers, it’s up to each and every one of us to educate ourselves about the products we buy and about the companies that make them. We vote with our dollars every day.
3. It’s okay to question “the way things are.” It’s the only way that big changes are going to happen. Sure, there might be pushback at first, but it can be worth it to make positive change.
4. Going outside your comfort zone (in Ted’s case, Thneedville) can result in amazing things. You might learn something you didn’t know before. You might find yourself. You might make a new friend. You might bring about big changes.
5. One person can make a difference. Let’s not forget the lesson of the “Unless” stone in front of the Once-lers house: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Go see The Lorax. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. You might even be inspired to do something amazing.