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Still shot from the movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Audrey (voice of Taylor Swift) is in love with trees. And Ted (voice of Zac Efron) is in love with Audrey. Because there are no trees anymore, Ted decides to impress Audrey by trying to find out what happened to the amazing plants -- which means talking to The Once-ler (voice of Ed Helms), the only creature that might know. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A+
Run Time: 86
Theater Release: 01 Mar 2012
Video Release: 07 Aug 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The film targets big business as the villain but what role do consumers play? Would the Once-ler’s factory have grown so big if people weren’t demanding his product? How can individuals encourage more environmentally sound business practices among suppliers?

Does the Lorax ever offer suggestions or ideas for compromise? Is he too passive to be a true guardian of the forest? What are positive things he could have done to encourage the Once-ler to employ sustainable policies? How do logging practices depicted in this movie compare with today? Terri Birkett, an active member of the hardwood flooring industry, wrote a children’s book in the style of Dr. Seuss entitled Truax to tell the story from that industry’s perspective.

In a February 8, 2012 press release, Universal Studios unveiled a number of businesses and organizations it is partnering with in the production of the movie. Do you think this is a positive green initiative from a large corporation like Universal? What, if any, effect do you think this might have on improving the environment? What kind of waste is generated by the movie business? Are there any ways theaters could lessen the amount of garbage produced?

To learn more about Theodor Seuss Geisel (the man who took on the pen-name Dr. Seuss), and discover interesting facts about the children’s books he created, check this website: http://www.seussville.com

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