Big Boy hates – Dr.Suess movies
What really set me off on this was the new Lorax movie coming out. The way I understand it’s actually pretty close to the book, except they wanted to make the old hermit less of an evil ass and say he was forced to cut all the trees down. What the fuck. Yeah, not a huge change, but that little difference means that, oh he’s not such a bad guy. HE JUST KILLED OFF A SPECIES OF TREES! There really is not a way to say he was forced, even by his family. So instead of an old hermit regretting what he did in cutting down all the trees and telling the Lorax to fuck off; we get an old hermit that is to afraid to stand up to his own family, and is BFF with the Lorax. Not to mention the movie continues on with the entire town trying to stop the kid from planting the seed. Oh, and he’s doing all of this for a girl, so he really had no interest either in saving nature.
With a Dr.Suess story, everything is kept simple. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas there’s no explanation why he hates Christmas, but it is something you can be left to easily ponder and come to your own conclusion. I guess this is my problem with a lot of movie adaptations of anything, somehow the shades of grey morality are removed, or someone decides that we should sympathize with the Grinch, which as a child reading the story, you’re not supposed to.
I guess in the end I’m just a bitter young 20 something tired of seeing my favorite books ruined by Hollywood for a quick buck. If they make an adaptation of The Butter Battle Book, I’ll just have to go fetal and cry from rage.