25 Jan '12, 6pm

These smart fourth graders saw right through Hollywood's Lorax remake:

As Dave Roberts pointed out when the trailer was released, the upcoming Lorax movie is an insult to all that’s good and holy . The original Seuss tale is bleak, sure, but bleak with a purpose: it’s a parable about greed, exploitation, and the consequences of environmental rapaciousness. It does not feature the Polyphonic Spree. Well, turns out it’s not just thirtysomething curmudgeons like Dave and me who find the Lorax movie plans pukey. A group of fourth graders from Brookline, Mass. has drafted a petition asking Hollywood to reinstate the original book’s environmental themes. Over at Change.org, they’re requesting that the company at least add more educational materials to the film’s website and promotional materials. Wells notes that his students thought the trailer made the movie look “more like an adventure and romance, like it had totally lost its message about help...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/schoolkids-want-the-lorax-to-be-mor...

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