Not all moviegoers want their movies dripping with heavy-handed moral messages, but when they’re presented as part of the colorful, warm fuzzy goodness of an animated film, somehow said message or moral is easier to swallow. The latest entrant into the animated movie with a message canon is “The Lorax,” Dr. Seuss’ classic story about a young boy who must save endangered trees in hopes of winning a girl's heart.

In celebration of the cute, fluffy friend of trees The Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito), here are the top five animated movies with an environmental message.



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By now, "The Artist" and dozens of other different films are celebrating their recent Oscar victories and settling into their places in movie history. But a handful of films from 2011 earned no nominations and still deserve a place among the best of the year.

Here is our list of the top five films of 2011 that weren't nominated for Oscars.

5. "Attack the Block"
When talking about the films of 2011 that actually had a vision and did something unique with ideas and a genre that everyone is familiar with, "Attack the Block" takes the top prize as one of the most entertaining and original films of the year. Joe Cornish wrote and directed this alien invasion film that looked nothing like an alien invasion film, and one that's funnier than any other we've ever seen before.


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With the Oscars coming up just around the corner, it’s time that we pay tribute to some of the most versatile and overlooked actors: professional wrestlers. They are masters of the live performance, can pull out surprisingly funny and heart-felt performances on screen, and have convinced me to eat more processed meat than any other acting demographic on the planet. (Rest in peace, Macho Man!)

While these giant men in tights make cameos as the unidentified goon in every other action movie (I’m looking at you, Kevin Nash), here are my picks for the top five starring roles for pro-wrestlers in film.

5. "Walking Tall" (2004)
Way before Dwayne Johnson starred in PG-rated family friendly flicks and even way before he became the franchise savior, the man formerly known as The Rock was destined to be the new Arnold of the action world. In this remake of the 1973 film by the same name, Johnson takes vigilante action against a corrupt town with his fists and a badass weapon: a chunk of wood. Much like after I watch any Batman movie, this film instills the desire to want to patrol the streets and take justice into my own hands – but instead, playing "Arkham City" seems more reasonable.

» HONORABLE MENTION: "The Rundown" (2003). Swap one '90s icon for another (Sean William Scott instead of Johnny Knoxville) as a sidekick, add in an “I’ve been over it since 'Pulp Fiction'" Christopher Walken as the villain, and voila... "The Rundown"!


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