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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dr Seuss was always speaking on behalf of the trees, birds, bees, animals and reptitles---Do yourself a favor and go see THE LORAX,,,,,By his own admission, Dr. Seuss' (aka Theodor Geisel) most favorite tale of all of the 50 storybooks he penned over his lifetime.........As the USA paper states: "A parable of green versus greed"...... "All ages are likely to find the cautionary tale entertaining as well as illuminating"..."Some might even find it galvanizing"---Variety Magazine projecting an overwhelming $50 million opening weekend!

Seuss' 'The Lorax' delivers an evergreen message

By Claudia Puig, USA Today
Someone in Hollywood ought to speak for the trees, and The Lorax (* * * out of four, rated PG, opens Friday nationwide) does it with verve and vibrancy.

Director Chris Renaud and writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (the team responsible for 2010's Despicable Me) were just the right people to bring Dr. Seuss' (aka Theodor Geisel) 1971 environmental fable to vivid, eye-popping life. It has a similar blend of humor, bouncy silliness and sweetness.

And it remains faithful to the spirit of Seuss. The pro-conservation, anti-consumerist message of the book is heartily intact. And, like the Seuss story, the film
never resorts to sermonizing.

The actors who lend their voices to the characters are an inspired choice, particularly Danny DeVito as the Lorax and Rob Riggle as archvillain Mr. O'Hare. The latter is a diminutive, helmet-haired dictator who controls the town of Thneedville by polluting it with his factories and th
en collecting huge sums selling fresh air to its citizenry. His motto: "The more smog in the sky, the more people will buy.''

Disappointingly, Seuss' trademark lilting language and clever rhymes are only sporadically integrated into the story. The film does add pleasantly loopy, if rather forgettable, song

Twelve-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) lives in the town, which has been given a colorful, stylized, plastic look that brings to mind Disneyland's Toontown. Ted has a crush on the artistic Audrey (Taylor Swift), who paints murals filled with forest scenes. Her greatest wish is to see a real tree, because their town is filled with only the artificial arboreal variety, such as Oak-a-matics
To find an actual tree, Ted's Grammy Norma (Betty White) nudges him in the direction of the Once-ler (Ed Helms) and, ultimately, the Lorax, the savvy, wisecracking orange character who seeks to protect the natural world.

Ted bravely ventures beyond Thneedville, and his circuitous trip brings the 3-D elements of the film into exciting play.

The Once-ler lives in remote isolation and spins a yarn of a paradise rich in colorful flora and adorable fauna, rushing streams and groves of furry lollipop-style Truffula trees. In his youth, eager to make something of himself, the Once-ler transformed the Truffula trees' tufted fluff into scarves called "Thneeds" that became a fad. With abandon, he chopped down all the trees to fashion his products, ignoring the appeals and warnings of the Lorax. Soon all that was left was a barren wasteland.

This tale's ecological message, like that of the book, is aimed directly at young audiences. And the writers wisely incorporate Seuss' essential plea: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."

Anyone older than 10 can discern that herein lies a parable of green vs. greed. All ages are likely to find the cautionary tale entertaining as well as illuminating. Some might even find it galvanizing.
Stars: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito,Ed Helms, Betty White, Taylor Swift

Director: Chris Renaud
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rating: PG for brief mild language
Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Opens today nationwide

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