Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The House of JCJEE Meets Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

My children did not stop bugging me the moment they saw the movie trailer of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. I promised them that we will watch the movie on Sunday after their final exams, which is scheduled on Thursday and Friday. They all agreed.  

Luckily for them, I received another invitation from SM-Southmall IMAX Theater to see the movie with my family. This is the second invitation I received from SM-Southmall IMAX Theater. The first one was the premiere night of The Adventures of Tintin. Both films are good for the kids and the whole family so I cannnot turn down the invitation. The problem is, I have already set their minds that we will review their lessons during the weekend. So, how are we going to see a movie on Sunday? 

As the old saying goes, "When there is a will, there is a way." My eldest son, Joma, suggested that they will start reviewing their lessons and answering their worksheets on Wednesday after their class and spend the whole day of Saturday to wrap up the review sessions. Good idea, Kuya! As they promised, they were done with the review on Saturday. With the hard work and perseverance they have shown, I allowed them to join me see the movie Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. 

Call time was 3PM. We arrived a few minutes before 3PM so we had several minutes to go around the mall and buy some personal stuff we need. Afterwards, we proceeded to the IMAX Theater located at the 3rd Level of SM-Southmall. It was then that we learned that gate will open at 4PM. To ease out the boredom, we allowed the children played at the lobby of the movie house, delivered jokes and made funny faces. 

When the gates opened, people started to come in. It was then that I realized how many people, most of them families, wanted to see the movie. The whole lobby was too crowded so we looked for a place to stay until we found a corner and waited until we can enter the theater and get ourselves settled. 

We took some pictures for a while and joined other moviegoers at the cocktail bar for a light  snack before the movie. When the gates opened, people started to come in. The theater was almost half-full when we got in. 

As soon as the movie started, the kids also started laughing. The Lorax was based from the book by Dr. Seuss. The story is so light yet very entertaining. The story is about Ted, a 12-year old boy who lives in a city known as Thneed-ville, a walled city where everything is made of plastic, metal, and other artificial materials. There was no real tree that gives them fresh air to breath so they have to buy bottled oxygen from Aloysius O'Hare, the town mayor and the greedy owner of the bottled oxygen company. 

One day, Audrey, the girl of his dreams. told Ted that she want to see a real tree. Through the prodding and encouragement of Grammy Norma, Ted's grandmother, he settled to meet the Once-ler, who promised him to tell the story about the trees but he must make several visits. Despite the pressure from Mayor O'Hare, Ted was decisive to hear the story. As he traveled outside the walled city, Ted realizes how polluted and empty it was. 

Over his visits, Once-ler recalled how he met the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who serves as the guardian of the land where he decided to put up his business. The Lorax initially resisted but later on desisted as long as he will keep his promise that Once-ler will keep the land sustainable for all the living things around. Once-ler's revolutionary invention, the thneed, became a major success. He called his family to move to his place and help him in his business. However, Once-ler became arrogant and self-righteous businessman until he has totally forgotten his promise to the Lorax. Consequently, the forest was destroyed and completely depleted. There were no more trees and the land became uninhabitable. The animals were forced to move out and find another place to live. Soon, Once-ler's business went bankrupt so his family abandoned him. 

At the end of the story, the Once-ler gave the last seed of the Truffula tree to Ted with the hope that he will plant it so that the forest will grow once more. However, O'Hare is determined to stop Ted because he understands that when trees start growing, he will eventually lose his business. Hence, O'Hare ordered his employees to erase Audrey's tree paintings and searched Ted's room to get the seeds. He also convinced the residents of Thneed-ville to stop Ted, Audrey, and Grammy Norma. But planting the tree has become a personal mission for Ted. To convince the people, Ted forcibly tore a part of the wall that revealed the devastated environment outside Thneed-ville. Seeing the devastated environment, the crowd was appalled and defied O'Hare. He was kicked out of the town and the Ted was able to successfully plant the seed. time passed and the land started to recover. Trees started to grow and animals returned to the land. Once-ler also reunited with the Lorax. 

I was so touched with the scene when the animals hod to move out and look for a new place to live because the trees on the forest were all cut down and there were no more tree left for them that will give them food and shelter. Moreover, when the land started to become polluted and turn into a wasteland, I know for a fact this is very similar to what is happening to our planet right now. 

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax taught us many lessons in life. My children realized why we should take care of the environment, plant trees, love the animals. They understood the effects of illegal logging and pollution to body and environment. And, yes, the tickets included a packet of zinnia seeds, a reminder to everyone to plant trees and take care of the environment. 

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