Jenny’s Current Movie Addiction : The Lorax


There must be a name for the condition whereby a child can watch the same movie endlessly without getting bored of it.

LoraxWe all know about this and, if you have young kids in your family, you’ll probably be experiencing it right now.
For us, it used to be Frozen. Every day, they wanted to watch Frozen and be princesses and build a snowman. Thankfully that fixation eventually melted away (see what I did there?) and normality resumed.

The Lorax

Jenny now has a new movie addiction. It is for the 2012 film The Lorax. Every day, all day, she asks if she can have The Lorax on. When it is put on, she sits and studies the film. She’s beyond the stage of singing the songs. She’s now repeating the dialogue, and in accents too.

It’s the story of a town, Thneedville, who are gadget obsessed. One girl longs for a tree, so one boy goes to seek one out. From there, we meet the Once-ler who tells the story of the trees and the mysterious Lorax. It’s clever, funny, colourful and has a big heart.

I know the movie didn’t do too well in the box office, but I think it’s a rather sweet wee film. The characters are likeable, the songs are catchy and it’s got a solid, eco-friendly message. It’s really well done.

The original Lorax book is quite different, written in a style typical of Dr Seuss, who created it. It may be that the difference between the book and the film is what caused people to not like it. I don’t know. If it is the case, that’s a shame because it’s no reason to dislike a perfectly decent movie.

So, if you’ve got a kid addicted to a movie that is driving you nuts, trying weaning them onto The Lorax instead. It will give you some well needed sweet relief from Anna, Elsa and pals.

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    24th March 2016
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    We’re in the middle of a Cars phase and my nearly two year old asks for it every night now. At least we only get through about 15mins before bedtime … But we know all the words to that 15 minutes!

  2. Aww we love this film too, especially the soundtrack for it hehe. Its such a colourful film.. I agree don’t understand why it didn’t seem to do so well in the box office xx

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    24th March 2016
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    T was also obsessed with this movie when she was younger. I bet you have the Kneedville song played constantly in your head. I can hear it now as I type this. Oh dear.

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    24th March 2016
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    We’ve never watched this, probably because of the reviews, which is rediculous because their current favourites are the Chipmunk films and surely to god nothing positive has ever been written about them?!

    I may sneak this into their weekend when their attention is elsewhere, for my own sanity if nothing else.
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    24th March 2016
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    We’ve never seen thus film. Blake mainly loves watching in the night garden we’ve not watched any films together yet.

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    24th March 2016
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    Strangely my son never went through this phase, but my daughter still is at the age of 8. They have movie nights at the weekend, and she could watch the same movie over and over.

    I love the Lorax movie, I don’t really get why it didn’t do so well at the cinema!
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    24th March 2016
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    My Toddler is Frozen obsessed. Thankfully we also have Frozen Fever so she can watch that too. I’m currently trying to get her into Tangled but she’s not interested. No idea why, it seems to be the same bloody film to me!

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    24th March 2016
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    Paw Patrol in our house. Like the sound of the Lorax which I hadn’t heard of before. Change from the mad puppies is long overdue!

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    24th March 2016
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    We’ve not seen this film but have been through a few film phases, cars, planrs, ice age, frozen, the polar express luckily for us our kids like variety and love disney junior shows too so we swap everything up. I know its time when i start getting a headache haha. Especially during the rainy winter months when we are inside alot.

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    24th March 2016
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    I’ve never heard of this film before. I wonder what the first film Lucas will become obsessed with x
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    25th March 2016
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    I have heard of The Lorax but I havent seen the film x

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    28th March 2016
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    I don’t think I have ever seen this. Its Cars and Planes in our house at the moment

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    29th March 2016
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    I loved Lorax. I’m a 90’s kid, so for in our house it was Disney, for a long long long time (to be honest we’re still in that time!)

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    29th March 2016
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    I’ve actually never heard of The Lorax before, must watch it with my little one. I remember when my brother was a toddler he loved Titanic and had to watch it twice a day, that’s one long film! 🙂

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    27th April 2016
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    Oh, we’ve been through The Lorax phase, my kids used to love it. I have to say, I quite enjoy it too, I love the songs! ‘Every body needs a thneed’ I’m a big Dr Seuss fan, and I know this didn’t get great reviews but we enjoyed it. There are worse films she could be asking to watch everyday!
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