The Lorax

This week’s film is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic story that warns us of the potential costs, both spiritual and environmental, of excessive materialism and greed.

Ted is a teenage boy living in Thneedville, a walled-off plastic city devoid of any real plants or nature. Hoping to impress a girl who dreams of seeing a real tree, Ted sets out to find one, leading him to the mysterious Once-ler, an old man who knows exactly what happened to all the trees…

It all started with the irresponsible entrepreneurial greed of a young man who was delighted to discover the Truffula Tree. Seduced by profits, he began harvesting the soft tuft-topped trees to fuel his business. But his disregard for nature invited the Lorax, the guardian of the trees, a gruff little orange creature who warned him about the effects of his actions.

Although the Once-ler’s tale is a sad one, might it provide a seed of hope for the future?

The Lorax offers a comedic musical adventure, along with a clear environmental message about respecting nature, both for nature’s sake and our own. The film is rated PG and is appropriate for the whole family.

Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Rated PG
USCCB rating: A-I
IMDb Parents Guide
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