I am the Lorax, I speak for the Trees

The NYT’s ArtsBeatBlog reports today that a new CGI cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is being planned.

Hmmm. I love The Lorax. I loved it as a child, and I loved the cartoon version done in 1972. I loved it when I was at Cornell University and the folks from Ecology House would do an open reading-type performance to promote recycling and sustainability. I loved it when I read it to my nieces; Dr. Seuss is so wonderful for reading aloud. I’m not a against a new Lorax incarnation, per se. But I do worry it won’t be done right.

They’ll Speak for the Trees
by Patrick Healy
Everyone has a favorite book by Dr. Seuss, and many may have an opinion about which of his books would work well as films or television features. So environmental-minded Seussians, take note: One of the author’s classic books, The Lorax, about an industrialist who wipes out a forest and all but destroys a beautiful type of tree, will be turned into a 3-D CG animated feature film, Variety is reporting.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are collaborating on “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which will be co-directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio. Messrs. Paul and Daurio are writing the script, as they did for the 2008 feature film, “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!”

The film is scheduled to be released on March 2, 2012, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who died in 1991.

Read more from the NYT: They’ll Speak for the Trees.