The Lorax: UNLESS

>> Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Welcome to Thneedville. A city they say that was plastic and fake. And they liked it that way! No nature, no flowers. No one seemed to mind. But a secret was waiting for someone to find.

Have i told you that one of my most favorite quotes was from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax? Oh yes. And that minute my eyes got a glimpse of the orangy grumpy yet charming creature on the cinema ad that says next picture, I knew i’m gonna have a good reason for bullying my sister to accompany me to the silver screen and spend P121.00 for a 95 minutes film.

So last Saturday, with my Mcdo’s apple float, i joined some kids (with their moms and dads) in their weekend movie dates. Just like how Chris Renaud tickled me with the minions (i miss stealing the mooon with Mr. Gru!) in the “Despicable Me”, which i have watch repeatedly, mostly during blue-bum days, he again won my heart. Well, i do not know, call me weirdo or anything, but somewhere in the film, i caught my eyes wet with salty fluid. Was it the bully kid beside me? Nah. Was it Ate who didn’t want for another round of the film? I hate her for that but, no. Maybe i felt fear for our earth and for the next generations who will soon call this planet as their home (and that includes our nieces and nephews and their kids and grandkids and so on). I’m afraid that we are all becoming a “Once-ler” who was so blinded with his aim for success and progress, and may i add, recognition reasoning that he only speaks for men and human opportunities. Call me so corney but i really fear that trees will just be a once upon a time story.

Okay, i won’t say much. I like you to watch the film. I like everyone to watch the film, kids and kids at heart and those who have lost the child within them. For maybe, just maybe, after watching, Ted will wake a part of our consciousness.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite lines aside from the one in my fb profile pic, Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Ted: I won't let you down.
Once-ler: I know.

The Lorax: But nobody listens too much, don't you know.

The Lorax: They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

Once-ler: I promise.
The Lorax: I trust you.

Ted: So, this is really your fault. You destroyed everything.

The Lorax: Hey you broke your promise. You know you are better than this.

The Lorax: All the forces of nature will be unleashed upon you and you will be punished until the end of your days. You have been warned. (Promise, i’d like to use this line in casting spells to grouchy people)

and lastly, a line from Ted: Well, that's me - the guy who still cares. (i hope everyone of us will say this, because Dr. Seuss has been so right, UNLESS, we start speaking for the trees, we too can experience the artificial life of people in a walled town called Thneed-ville)

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