“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Yup, I’m writing about none other than Theodore Geisel, AKA: Dr. Seuss.
Seuss has published a whole range of stories telling the tales of wacky, funny, unique and sometimes scary characters that have put the kids in bed as a bedtime story for years.
But little do we know about Dr. Seuss is that he was indeed an Activist, some of his best and well known stories have been portraying certain political figures or current affairs.
I will list the stories and the subject Dr. Seuss was targeting below but I must say that Dr. Seuss really does inspire a bit of artistically direction in me of just how far you can take your ideas and views on subjects and people and turn them into something almost unrecognizable, giving said subject a brand new identity, and us as graphic designs strive to make our clients stand out in the market and give them a brand new look.
The Lorax, published in 1971 is was about the growing issue of people destroying the environment by cutting too many trees. The book even sparked controversy within Loggers that another Author published a book called ‘The Truax’ wich told the story from Logger’s standpoint. A line in the book “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie,” was removed from the book 14 years later as the Ohio Sea Grant Program told Dr. Seuss that conditions were much better.
The Yertle and the Turtle was published in 1958 and portrays none other than Adolf Hitler himself as Yertle the Turtle being the king of the pond and wanted to take over all the ponds in the world while on-top of his fellow Turtle army.
And the Butter Battle Book published in 1984 was portraying the dangers of The Cold War with the Yooks and the Zooks portraying and bearing the colours of the Americans and Russians with each side developing new weapons to scare eachother.