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Dr. Seuss The Lorax Movie Guide

Which Dr. Seuss Story Should Next Be Turned Into a Movie?

By: Tara McNamara on March 1, 2012 at 5:34PM Comments (15)

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opens in theaters this Friday to the delight of children, parents and landscapers. If you haven’t read the book from which it’s based, then 1) you must and 2) you’re off the hook because the movie is not entirely similar to the book.  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (the movie) is about a futuristic society in which trees no longer exist and people buy bottled air like we now buy bottled water. The movie and the book do share amazing messages that should soak into every kid and adult: accessing independent and critical thought is a crucial skill, one person has the ability to create change, and preserving the environment is in society’s own best interest.
 
The works of Dr. Seuss are enjoying a good run with three other films hitting screens in the last 12 years:  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who. With book adaptations outnumbering original screenplays, Dr. Seuss is a reliable source of creativity. So, the question is simply, which Seuss story should become a movie next?
 
In this era of 1% versus the 99%, could there be a more earnest Have and Have Nots story than The Sneetches who use stars on their belly to decide who among them is socially privileged? With Congress’ current state of legislative paralysis, audiences would see the truth in The Zax, which follows two characters who literally walk into each other and refuse to budge one-step to the right or left so that the world eventually evolves around them. And then there’s the story about the self-absorbed dictator, Yertle the Turtle, which is particularly relevant given Arab Spring. Yes, these are all socio-political themes, but with The Muppets, Cars 2 and The Lorax, apparently that’s the trend in movies for kids. See more picks for Seuss stories to movies.
 
Meanwhile, here are films other than The Lorax to see with your family:
 
 The Secret World of Arrietty: From animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli, Arrietty is the movie version of the classic children’s book series, The Borrowers. The story follows a tiny but capable people who live by “borrowing” things that humans will never miss. Carol Burnett reminds us that she makes an excellent villain – just as she was in Horton Hears a Who!
 
 
 
 
 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. A teen boy and his stepdad put their love of books to good use when they go in search of Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island and a long-lost grandfather. A wacky, colorful island where small things are big and big things are small that all comes back to reading? Dr. Seuss would approve!
 
 
 
 
 
 Big Miracle. Three California gray whales trapped in the Alaskan ice brings enemies in politics and business together. This true story is told in a heartwarming and funny manner and sends a much needed message that there’s more to a person than their ideology.
 
 
 
 
 
To read what kids think about The Lorax and other movies, go to www.KidsPickFlicks.com .

Tags: The Lorax

Categories: Family Films, The Lorax

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  • Aug 22nd 2012 2:48PM

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    There's a Wocket in My Pocket Should be a movie!

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  • Mar 16th 2012 4:52PM

    Gothic_Cat123  said...

    They should totally make both One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Green Eggs and Ham!!!! They would be awesome and I would totally go see them!!!!!!!!! :D

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  • Mar 5th 2012 8:29AM

    devsamkiss  said...

    green eggs and ham was always a favorite for me :) but so was one fish two fish red fish blue fish :) so either one of these would be great .... YEAH!!!!

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  • Mar 5th 2012 7:36AM

    luvizlife  said...

    Diffendoofer Day of course -

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  • Mar 4th 2012 7:07PM

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    Yertle the Turtle!!

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  • Mar 3rd 2012 8:14PM

    abehrent  said...

    "The Diggest Dog" could easily be a movie. Love it!

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  • Mar 3rd 2012 6:45PM

    Nifty  said...

    It's a Suess book, but I'm not sure if it was written by him, (Go Dogs Go wasn't) but I'd like to see Guess What I saw on Mulberry Street? as a movie, there's SO much room for creativity there...

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 6:55PM

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    Saints Row

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 2:55PM

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    GO DOGS, GO!

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 2:53PM

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    Go dog , Go!

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 2:31PM

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    Simple: NONE UNLESS HAND-DRAWN OR MADE BY BLUE SKY.

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 11:06AM

    leo8924  said...

    Green Eggs and Ham!!!!

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  • Mar 2nd 2012 9:16AM

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    I would like to see "Are you my mother?" turned into a film....=)

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  • Mar 1st 2012 6:01PM

    danterandal19  said...

    Which story? None others, please. I haven't seen The Lorax yet. Maybe it's a game-changer and one of the best animated films out there, who knows? Doubt it, since the environmental theme of the film looks like it's been watered down, considering the commercials & the terrible product placement tie-ins. Horton Hears a Who is so far the only film that got the Seuss style down pat, and even then that film was packed with filler, some lame gags & pop culture references. Cat in the Hat & The Grinch are absolute abominations. But hey if this does well, maybe we'll get One Fish Two Fish featuring Zach Galifanakis making Facebook jokes.

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  • Mar 5th 2012 1:55AM

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