‘Lorax’ message not lost on many, for some it’s not appreciated

‘Lorax’ message not lost on many, for some it’s not appreciated

The Lorax -- a character from a Dr. Seuss book that is now a movie -- from the La Jolla estate of the late Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. (Photo courtesy San Diego Police Department/MCT)

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March 28, 2012 • Jose Haros, Staff Writer  
Filed under Entertainment

The Lorax has been a top box office selling hit. The feature film made $70 million on its opening weekend. $123 million on the film’s second week. The film is based on the book Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Besides the movie bringing in a staggering amount of money to the box office, the movie has a message.
The featured film’s cautious approach to the message, is about the importance of preserving the environment. However, can entertainment really be used as another source to educate people and young growing generations? Do kids really understand these messages? According to Jasmin Garcia, “The movie was sweet and the message of the story was also clearly apparent. My little brother now tells us not to waste paper because they’re cutting trees.”
Garcia’s younger sibling understood the message, and is attempting to apply and practice the message by trying to conserve trees using less paper. With that in mind however according to Lou Dobbs, many conservative parents did not like the message of Lorax, because they believed it was anti-capitalism and had quotes in their songs such as “greed is good” and “too big to fail.” They felt the movie was too bias and “In your face”.
Due to such a high amount of controversy involved with the movie, another question arose. Could a movie’s message go too far? According to an article on The Washington Times “The movie makes the Lorax seem the voice of reason by making the voices of business sound completely mad.” The controversy that follows the film’s reputation is clearly stated by The Washington Times. Lou Dobbs calls Lorax an attempt to “indoctrinate our children to turn them into little environmentalists who despise capitalism”
With such controversy and different opinions for this children’s movie, it’s adamant that the message of this film was clear. Children such as Garcia’s younger sibling, have learned that keeping the environment safe is important. Whether the message was over the top or just another way to share a good value, it’s a social opinion that lays on the hands of the parents. Whether Hollywood and the entertainment industry could be used to teach or inspire young children, the answer is yes, with Garcia’s sibling being a prime example.

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