Why You Shouldn’t Fear The Lorax

A Review

Ashtyn Schibursky, Staff Writer

You may be off put from the title, so let me tell you a backstory. As a kid born in the 2000s, I got to experience The Lorax (2012) coming out. Rated PG, you wouldn’t think it would be scary, but you are wrong. As a little five year old, I sat in front of the screen and ended up leaving in tears. Now as a 17 year old, I revisit The Lorax to face my fears.

The movie starts off in the town of Thneedville that has artificial plants and trees. The citizens of Thneedville have to purchase oxygen, which will be shipped to their houses via truck. The mayor, ‘Hare singing Aloysius O’Hare, owns the air company. We then meet Ted (Zac Efron) and a girl named Audrey (Taylor Swift) who has a crush on. He tries talking to her anyway possible, so he flies his remote-controlled plane into Audrey’s yard, in which he would knock on her door to retrieve it. She answers the door, lets him in, and leads him to the backyard, which reveals something magnificent—a mural of real life trees! Audrey talks about how incredible they are, which leads to Ted going on a quest to find a tree.

This leads to Ted finding the Once-ler who lives outside the town of Thneedville. Ted asks the Once-ler about trees, which leads into the story of the Lorax. Ted goes back the next day to hear the rest of the story. The Once-ler gives a speech to Ted and gives him a seed to plant in the town of Thneedsville. There are more details to the story that you can watch on Netflix.

After watching The Lorax now, I feel fifty-fifty. I still think it is scary but I’ve opened up to it more. The Lorax is an amazing movie with saturated colors and amazing cinematography. I would recommend that you watch it and see it for yourself.