Monday, February 13, 2012

Review and giveaway: Dr. Seuss's Deluxe Edition- The Lorax

"He speaks for the trees!"  Somehow, I made it through more than three decades of life without ever running across the Dr. Seuss story called The Lorax.  This problem was fixed last week, with the arrival at my home of Dr. Seuss's Deluxe Edition- The Lorax. Here's a bit about this DVD/Blu-ray, from a press release that I received:


Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is the classic TV special that tells the tale of how an enterprising but greedy villain named the Once-ler, strips a forest of its lush Truffula trees, bringing them to near extinction for the sake of profit. 

The story begins with the Once-ler, a faceless businessman who lives alone in a sad, gray wasteland.  He recounts how he first became obsessed with the Truffula trees’ potential to make him rich and how the Lorax, an endearing and wise little forest creature, tried to warn him that his greed was making him crazy.  

It’s the Lorax’s job to “speak for the trees,” the wondrous Truffulas, that make up the beautiful forest in which various wildlife live, including Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swamee-Swans, the Humming-Fish and the Lorax himself. The Once-ler, bewitched by the beauty of the Truffulas, greedily chops them down so he can mass produce versatile garments, called “Thneeds” out of the Truffula’s colorful tufts. As the trees swiftly disappear, so do the Brown Bar-ba-loots, the Swamee-Swans and the Humming-Fish. The wise old Lorax continuously warns the Once-ler but his words of wisdom are for naught as the “Thneed” business booms and the Once-ler is blinded by greed. What will it take for the Once-ler to learn his lesson? Will the Truffula trees become extinct or is there hope for regeneration?
I watched The Lorax with my kids, who are 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 and, honestly, they were a little too young to appreciate it.  This is a great story about the importance of taking care of the environment and being responsible for the effects of one's actions.  It's definitely very thought-provoking, and would be a great way to start a conversation with older kids about the environment.  The show itself is short, only 25 minutes, and was originally a TV special that showed back in the 70s. It's now been digitally remastered and looks great! In addition to The Lorax, the Deluxe Edition also contains a featurette about the importance of trees in daily life, as well as two other Dr. Seuss animated stories- Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano and the Butter Battle Book.

Dr. Seuss's Deluxe Edition- The Lorax is available tomorrow, February 14, 2012. Visit this link for more information. And to view a clip from The Lorax, visit this link!

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Disclosure: I received this movie to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

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