The Lorax (2012)

I have been interested to see The Lorax for a while now but just hadn’t got around to it. Then I saw that it is currently on Netflix so I thought I would give it a go.

Overall, I thought it was good. Not great but a good introduction for children into the issues of deforestation and the importance of nature to our lives and our health.

It tells the story of an area which was once a paradise, filled with trees and animals – all living in harmony and overseen by The Lorax. One day a young man with big dreams comes along and although he starts with good intentions, slowly but surely he ruins the paradise to build factories and earn money until there are no trees left.

But can he make it right?

With its bright colours and catchy songs, it certainly will keep the children entertained and introduce important topics that are rarely covered in children’s entertainment.

“A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. ” – IMDB

This article was first written by Rebecca Hansell for Small World, Big Cause in 2019 – refreshed for The Curious Environmentalist in 2021. I hope you enjoy!

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The Lorax (2012)

However, I think that it could have driven home the positive impact of the environment.

It ends in a wonderful song about letting the trees grow but I feel like it could have had a more impactful ending that could have inspired children to do more for the environment and I feel like they missed a trick here.

I would definitely show this film to kids. My criticisms aside, it is a great way to open up conversations with children about caring for the environment in a way that is not incredibly scary!!

Some questions to consider when talking to children about the issues within the film:

– Why do the animals need trees to live in paradise?

– What benefits trees bring to our environment and lives?

– What can we do in our lives to help protect the environment like The Lorax? 

Children are the future and all that jazz, so it is important that we educate them in these issues that are so prevalent in today’s society.

Have your children seen or read The Lorax?

What were their thoughts?

Are your children aware of the environment and the issues that we are facing?

Comment below!


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