Compare and Contrast of the Lorax and Fern Gully

The Lorax and Fern Gully: The Last Rain Forest are two animated films geared towards encouraging children’s environmental awareness.   Fern Gully portrays pollution with a negative spin, making it a monster-like creature, and by doing so scares younger viewers. As a result, they do not understand the movie’s message. The Lorax, with its more positive spin, also focuses on our disappearing resources. My four-year old daughter has seen both of these movies and has a very different opinion of each; one movie frightens, while the other encourages positive action.
Fern Gully came out in 1992 when the three R’s, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, were the environmental catch phrase of the day. Fern Gully is set in a mythical rainforest populated by magical fairies. The antagonist is an evil spirit, Hexxus, which feeds on pollution. Hexxus is a scary, greasy, skeletal monster that grows in size when it feeds on the pollution created by humans. This part of the movie is so scary that when I watched it with my four-year old daughter, she cried every time Hexxus was in a scene. The movie focused on the greed of humans and how we are ruining our planet. Though the movie had a happy ending with the fairies saving the day and defeating the evil Hexxus, I was left with the feeling that it was too little, too late to really help our planet and my daughter had nightmares about the “scary, dirty man.” I feel that it is ironic that a movie that was supposed to encourage environmental action may have actually discouraged it.
The movie The Lorax, based on the children’s book of the same name by Dr.Seuss, came out in 2012. The Lorax is a much more child-friendly movie. The main character, The Lorax, is a cute little guy with an oversized moustache who “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”   Unlike Fern Gully, The Lorax does not have a “Bad Guy”; instead, the antagonist is the idea of human greed and the need to advance ones financial situation with no regard to the planet....