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Oh, The Stories You'll Hear at Seuss Landing

“Unless”

This delightful story was a bold undertaking by Dr. Seuss.

Speaking to environmental waste, this tale is told and danced on stage by a "Reader" at Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure.

Joining the reader are favorite Seuss characters: the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, Sam (from Green Eggs and Ham), the Grinch and, of course, the Lorax.

Thinkers & The Reader

They implore the young audience members to be "Thinkers" and be kind to the trees and be kind to the earth.

As the "Reader" recites the tale, the characters react negatively to the destruction and happily to the new plantings and growth.

It is a wonderfully interactive and affirmative message for youngsters.

There is upbeat music, synchronized dancing.

There is time for meeting and have pictures taken with your favorite character.

In 1971, Dr. Seuss wrote this silly, but serious tale.

In this still-timely ecological story, the “Thinkers“ are introduced to the Lorax, who speaks for the forest.

The Lorax

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

In this story, a young boy, who lives in a filthy and polluted town, comes across a hermit called the Once-ler.

After paying a fee, the boy hears the story of the Once-ler and the town’s history.

When the Once-ler arrived in the town, it was beautiful, unspoiled and clean.

The land was covered with spectacular Truffula trees.

Thneeds

But, others had also arrived, and seeing an enormous need for “Thneeds”, or “things which everyone needs”, the Once-ler began cutting down the Truffula trees.

He felt the town needed more “biggering”.

More and more “Thneeds” were wanted by the people, but less and less Truffula trees were available.

The town began gritty and ugly.

Still, the people thought they needed more “Thneeds”.

During this “biggering”, the Lorax appears and tries to appeal to the Once-ler.

Finally, the Once-ler cut down the last, lovely Truffula tree.

With no trees, and a dirty town, it is clear not all the “Thneeds” were necessary.

The trees were, however.

They kept the town clean.

The Lorax and his animal friends disappear to happier, less greedy places.

Once-ler tells the boy how the Lomax tried to teach him and he is sorry.

He puts the future on the shoulders of the boy, “Catch! Calls the Once-ler.

Truffula Seed

He lets something fall. It’s a Truffula seed.

It’s the last one of all.

You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula seeds.

Truffula seeds are what everyone needs.

Plant a new Truffula.

Treat it with care.

Give it clean water.
And treat it with care.

Grow a forest.

Protect it from axes that hack.

Then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back.”

Once-ler tells the boy he has lived alone in poverty, trying to understand a message carved in stone, left by the Lorax.

“Unless”.

Suddenly, Once-ler understands!

“But now”, says the Once-ler, “now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.

UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.

It’s not.”

This show takes place daily at Seuss Landing on the Islands of Adventure.

Still fun, entertaining and Disney to the core, it does plant a serious thought of how important it is to correctly manage our environment.

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” Not a bad message, at all.

By Marie Ospina
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