In simple language, the story teaches the need to respect and care for the natural beauty of the earth, especially the trees.
The new movie version is made by the crew that produced the popular animated hit "Despicable Me." So it's full of wild colors and lively action, but short on the subtle points of the subject.
He is the unusual creature who speaks for the trees of his world. They look like cotton candy lollipops. He emerges from the forest when greedy villains begin cutting down the trees for profit. He joins forces with a young boy who becomes a champion fighting to bring back the lost forest.
The boy guards the last tree seed the villains want to destroy. The plot plays out with snappy dance numbers and dynamic chase scenes. It all ends well and should easily entertain the youngsters in the audience.
'Deeds' as predictable as its gets
I like that Perry's films always carry a positive message. The women are certain to be flawed but formidable, including Perry's popular alter-ego, big bad mama Madea.
We could have used some of Madea's raucousness to spice things up. For all the stately close-ups of Perry's earnest face, the movie feels much too stolid and impersonal.
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And seriously — a big building with a cleaning crew of one? No wonder this woman's stressed out!
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.