One of the family films I’ve been looking forward to seeing, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, is finally hitting theatres on March 3. And timed to this upcoming release, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has made the original 1972 TV special of The Lorax available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
For the kids
Like most beloved Dr. Seuss tales, the original Lorax story is colourful, entertaining, chock-full of music, rhymes and fun. There is no doubt this story imparts an important lesson that, especially in today’s world, kids need to be aware of. The Lorax is a character who speaks for the trees and tries to protect the forest and nature around him. He spends the story fighting a losing battle against the Once-ler character, whose greed causes him to strip the trees from the lush and plentiful land around him and make it into an industrialized society.
For the parents
You have to hand it to Dr. Seuss; his simple, timeless rhymes have warned generations about commercialism, and introduced them to the themes of preserving nature and being an individual. Dr. Seuss’ tales are quick, easy, educational distractions for the little ones in the house — some may even say for people of all ages in the house. Even my four-year-old niece — who is a non-movie-loving, picky-TV-watcher — will often sit through a short or two from any of the Dr. Seuss’ DVDs. So this version of The Lorax might be a good choice for those kids who aren’t up for a feature-length version of this story.
Length: 25 minutes