Random Thoughts About the Lorax

Ilana’s blog post

My expectations for the Lorax were extremely high and thus, I was inevitably disappointed with the film. I was impressed with how closely the film followed the book, but I felt that the characters’ relationships were too rushed and not completely developed.  However the film was extremely colorful and the music was upbeat and uplifting.  The theme of the film was also well developed.  I like how it questioned what is at stake with consumerism and the effects that we have on nature.

In the film, the Lorax, named after the orange furry protector of the forest, chronicles the plight of the truffula trees by the evil once-ler.  The Once-ler cuts all of the truffle trees down and makes them into Thneeds (the most versatile object that you could ever own.  Once the last truffle tree hits the ground in put of pink leaves, the environment goes to hell and Thneedville has to resort to selling air because there is no clean air outside.  In the end, a Thneed seed id found and the Thneeds are repopulated.

However, the movie was suspenseful, entertaining, and well-casted. Much of Thneedville, the loran, the woods, and the Thneeds were how I pictured them. Despite the minor details left out, it seems that most fans of the book enjoyed the movie and I’ll be excited to see a “Lorax 2”

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The Bureau of Surrealist Research

The endeavor that the Bureau of Surrealist Research at 15 Rue de Grenelle “gather all the information possible related to forms that might express the unconscious activity of the mind.”  What does that mean? Im not really sure, but i did not expect to.   The purpose of the bureau was to “unite all those who are interested in expression where thought is freed from any intellectual preoccupations; . . . all those who are closely or remotely concerned with surrealism will find all the information and documentation relative to the Mouvement surréaliste.”  It opened in 1924, days before the Surrealist Manifesto was published by Andre Breton.   The Bureau was the center of surrealism.  It was where they met and gained publicity for their movement.

 

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The Persistence of Memory

The painting, made in 1931, can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art. The painting questions time and space and the “cosmic order” of the universe. Although Dali contradicts this saying that the clocks were not inspired by relativity but rather “The surrealist perception of camembert cheese melting in the sun.” The painting features 3 melting white clocks and an orange clock covered in ants (similar to the movie and a symbol for death) THe figure on the ground resembles a dream state in which the dreamer cannot pinpoint what the object is but they know that it is there.

Crest Lake

Rumor has it the old man still wanders around in his handmade rowboat, endlessly drifting through Crest Lake. Looking for his wife, he is endlessly unsatisfied. The rest of the underpopulated town knows his wife’s fate and what became of her fragile body that humid August day. and to some extent, the old man know, too. But to jolt his aged, wondering memory would do no good. So thats how it went, and he continued peacefully, not knowing. Then one day he received a letter, and the nostalgia overwhelmed him. The return address was familiar, as was the handwriting and the perfume sprayed.