The Lorax (1972)

TV Movie  |  TV-G  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  14 February 1972 (USA)
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A ruined industrialist tells his tale of his environmentally self-destructive greed despite the warnings of an old forest creature.



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Cast overview:
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Athena Lorde ...
Miss O'Schmunsler (voice)
Harlen Carraher ...
Boy (voice)


A young boy goes to meet a ruined industrialist in a treeless wasteland and hear his tale of what happened to him. His tragic story is about how he began a thriving business with a useless fashion product derived from the trees of a forest. As his business booms, the forest and its inhabitants suffer as he wantonly clearcuts without regard to the warnings of a wise old creature called the Lorax about the dire consequences of his greed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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[first lines]
Narrator: [sung] At the far end of town where the grickle grass grows/and the wind smells slow and sour when it blows/and no birds ever sing, excepting old crows/is the street of the lifted Lorax.
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26 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As Dr. Seuss's work was usually politically charged,* "The Lorax" does a good job looking at the environment. Scary is how realistic the book/movie eventually became (especially under George W. Bush). But it does have an element of hope to it. I guess that it makes sense to have Eddie Albert narrate, given his environmental work. After watching the movie, you just might feel like speaking for the trees, and all other wildlife.

*"The Cat in the Hat" was promoting rebellion, "Yertle the Turtle" was about the class system, "The Butter Battle Book" was about the Cold War-era arms buildup.

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