Anyone see “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” over the weekend? How does the message hold up?? One of our writers, Holly Hays, recently asked Danny DeVito (voice of the Lorax) and some of the filmmakers what life lessons they took from the Seuss-tastic story/eco- cautionary tale of the early 1970s. A sampling is below. As for us, we thank the furry champion of the environment for teaching us the importance of speaking for the trees, of course—and for reminding us that mustaches never go out of style!
“I think one of the most valuable things I learned from The Lorax is to always take the long view in life. The Lorax fails in his quest to get the Once-ler to stop chopping down the trees. He fails miserably. But ultimately the Once-ler realizes the error of his ways, and the lesson he learned from the Lorax gets passed down to the next generation. Sometimes we think we’ve failed, but we haven’t—we just haven’t seen the results of our efforts. We’ve planted seeds that someone else gets to harvest.” —Cinco Paul, co-screenwriter
“The thing I learned from the Lorax is the importance of speaking for those who can’t. Even when it’s difficult and unpopular, you’ve got to stand up for what you believe in. It just might change the world.”—Ken Daurio, co-screenwriter
“I think the Lorax has taught me to think about and be responsible for my own actions. In addition, he shows us that one person can make a difference, hopefully for the better.”—Chris Renaud, director
“Be thankful for the trees that we do have.” And “when you let a Bar-ba-loot sleep in your refrigerator, don’t forget to hide the butter.”—Danny DeVito (voice of the Lorax)