Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
– Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
The Lorax movie shows a world much like the US today; governed by a plutocratic and vicious 1%. They secretly surveil, transfer rapacious wealth to themselves, purchase goons for protection, are openly cruel as they pretend to care, and keep the 99% literally “walled-in” to prevent public recognition of the 1%’s psychopathic destruction of the outside world.
The 99% in The Lorax are aware that something is wrong, but don’t know exactly what it is. They can’t see outside the wall, so they still accept their “leadership.” The 99% do their best to live in good cheer, but are concerned about visible destruction of their health and air quality.
The plot centers around a leader among the 99%, motivated by love, who is challenged to understand their society’s true history, and is entrusted with one literal seed. The seed is opportunity and choice for the 99% to reconnect to who they really are as beings living for 100% of Earth’s inhabitants’ success.
The 1% viciously try to take the seed so the 99% will remain ignorant. Their violence only causes allies to aid the 99%’s leader. To the initial shock of the 99%, the growing leadership remove the 1%’s wall blocking the vista of the 1%’s destruction.
The 1%’s long history of lies in commission and omission are recognized as the character O’Hare literally sings, “Let it die”:
My name’s O’Hare
I’m one of you
I live here in Thneedville too
The things you say just might be true
It could be time to start anew
And maybe change my point of view
Nah! I say let it die
Let it die, let it die
Let it shrivel up and die
Come one who’s with me, huh?
In an “emperor has no clothes” moment, the 1% is removed from poweras the paid thugs join the 99%:
Let it grow
Let it grow
Let the love inside ya show
Plant a seed inside the earth
Just one way to know its worth
Let’s celebrate the world’s rebirth
We say let it grow
Importantly for the 1%, the split we all know exists within their ranks is shown in the story as one of their own has a “Scrooge conversion” to reveal their real history.
The 2-minute video is Celebrate the World, the song following the closing choice between the 99% and 1%.