Childhood Memories: The Lorax

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

My sister recently had a baby girl, and one of her baby shower themes was books. Instead of cards to go along with the presents, she wanted books that she could read to my niece, which she does now every night. I was so excited to buy her Dr. Seuss books, because those were our favorites growing up. Now I catch wind that yet another Dr. Seuss classic is being made into a movie, and I can’t wait.

The Lorax, a story that revolves around environmental and societal awareness, is being made into a CGI movie starring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White. The story is about how greed led a young man to destroy a beautiful forest, using its natural resources for personal and business profit. A little ahead of its time, The Lorax strives to teach a “green” lesson.

Danny DeVito plays the Lorax who warns the Once-ler, played by Ed Helms, that if he continues cutting down Truffula trees and using Swomee-Swans to create and sell “thneeds,” the forest will be demolished and gone. Zac Efron’s character, a boy named Ted, meets the Once-ler who tells him the story of the Lorax.

Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl were childhood staples of mine, and I’m excited to see what today’s technology can bring out in this great story!


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