Monday, March 2, 2015

Literary Toons: The Lorax (1972)

This next item was originally reviewed over at The Land of Whatever around the time of the feature film remake, but DePatie-Freleng had the first crack at Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which premiered on CBS in 1972, a year after the book was released.

It was Seuss' commentary on ecology, among other things. Eddie Albert (ex-Green Acres) narrates, but otherwise, the majority of the voices were performed by Bob Holt. Some of the work was edited and reused for a TNT special, In Search of Dr. Seuss, more than 20 years later.

Right now, in honor of Read Across America day, which took place today, here's The Lorax.

Rating: A.


phairhead said...



hobbyfan said...

And I forgot that this is also Dr. Seuss' birthday. That would explain Read Across America Day, wouldn't it, now?

SaturdayMorningFan said...

I remember watching this back in the early 70s, but I'm not sure if I caught the original broadcast or a rerun. In any case, I remember it kinda scared me (I was around 4-6 years old at the time) and also made me sad, probably the exact intentions of the creators.

hobbyfan said...

More likely, the opposite reaction of the producers.