Learning from The Lorax

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go see The Lorax. I won tickets from Mel, A Dramatic Mommy's blog and we headed out for our morning of fun last Saturday. Before winning I was already planning on taking the kids to see this movie. Not only do we love Dr. Seuss in this family but we also love the story of the Lorax. My nephew even dressed up as The Onceler two years ago for Halloween.

So when we started seeing previews for the movie and reading about it on various blogs (like on Mary and Mel's blogs) I knew we had to find out when it came out and when we could see it.

We aren't big on going to check out a movie the weekend it opens. We don't like taking the kids to crowded theaters because, well, they're 1 and 3 and they usually aren't really good about staying in one spot or being quiet throughout the whole movie. So we were planning for our usual wait two weeks after it comes out, early Sunday morning or afternoon showing and were considering bringing my nephew since he's such a fan of the book. Well, as you already know, we didn't end up waiting to see this movie and I'm so glad we didn't!

This was the first 3-D showing that my son has actually sat through, with his glasses on, the whole time! And he was excited, interested and talked about the movie with us afterward. The meaning behind the movie really hit home and I was so happy to have a storyline that went hand in hand with what I'm trying to teach the kids. The Lorax "speaks for the trees" and protects the forest. When the Onceler comes into town he threatens to destroy the forest and with that, everything that lives in there. Sound familiar?

After watching the movie, my son asked if we could plant more plants in our (overcrowded) garden. I know he's taking the message home. He's three. By being cautious of our footprint on the earth, making greener choices and re-planting what we cut down we're sure to enjoy this planet a bit longer.

If the youth of today pick up this message sooner than we did then maybe we'll be in a better place in 20+ years. If not, we might get stuck in Thneed-ville. What a scary thought!

If you're interested in making more of your viewing of The Lorax consider throwing a pre-screening party or making some fun and unique Lorax and Dr. Seuss crafts with the kids like Tonya Staab did. To make the outing even more special make a family day out of it. Plan breakfast before or lunch after and talk with your kids about the movie and what they learned. I was quite interested to hear what my son had to say when we enjoyed some Panera after the movie. He really learned a lot and I wasn't expecting some of the things he took in.

"Unless we plant more trees, mama, they might all disappear!" Was what he said to me as we talked about the movie and ate our sandwiches.

To read about other Lorax sightings check out these awesome blogs:

Raising Three Savvy Ladies (and enter to win movie tickets on her blog here)
San Diego Today's Mama (and her experience meeting Zac Efron!)
The Eco Chic

Have you gone to see The Lorax yet? Are you planning on it? What did you think?

8 comment(s) with love:

tonygreene113 said... Reply To This Comment

If we don't cut down the trees, how do we get pencils, paper, or even wood to build homes that sit for years with no occupants?

East9thStreet said... Reply To This Comment

I wasn't sure if my daughter would be able to see this movie. She's 2.5 but gets frightened by really loud noises so I bought the book instead. We made it through the Secret Life of Arrietty the other day but it was a really calm movie.

Shopping Tips and Tricks said... Reply To This Comment

Overall, I think the movie is great, but I agree with Tony in that we do have to cut down trees for things we need like paper, pencils and so forth, but for every tree cut down there should be a new tree planted and I think a lot of the logging companies have been doing that for years!

LOVE MELISSA:) said... Reply To This Comment

We are going on Wednesday. Do you know if you have to see it in 3d? This is a great review and I am excited now!

Danielle said... Reply To This Comment

You don't have to see it in 3D, both versions are available. Just make sure to check with the box office or online before purchasing tickets.

And I totally agree that we still have to cut down trees, but we need to be responsible about it :)

About A Mom said... Reply To This Comment

This looks like such a fun movie! We can't wait to go see it!

Cassie said... Reply To This Comment

We are heading to see the movie here in an hour! I can't wait.

Kerri said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks for including my links!