Spring is here, in case you haven’t noticed and aren’t sick of us saying it yet. We can’t help it, though—we’re just so happy to be able to walk outside without a jacket hunkering us down! All the blooming trees are a true testament to the fact that the warm weather is here to stay. Pollen is flying through the air, flowers and leaves are blooming, and looking out your office window has become overall a lot prettier. To pay a tribute to the blooming trees, we came up with a list of just five of the many amazing trees featured in movies.
Pocahontas, 1995This one is pretty obvious, unless you somehow haven’t seen this classic Disney film. The movie may not be historically accurate, but it features the charming and endearing support of Grandmother Willow, which almost makes up for that. As Pocahontas deals with the Jamestown settlers arriving and slowly destroying her home as well as her conflicted feelings for John Smith, Grandmother Willow is there to offer her advice. Grandmother Willow is a gigantic, ancient, and wise weeping willow tree that is consulted as a spiritual adviser and has filled in as Pocahontas’ mother in a way. She’s a fantastic figure to have on your side (other than Pocahontas’ adorable animal friends, of course)!
FernGully: The Last Rainforest, 1992FernGully: The Last Rainforest is an animated Australian-American environmental film, which is the kind of film that’s right up our alley! A curious young fairy named Crysta works to save her rainforest home from the lumberjacks and the evil Hexxus who gains strength from pollution. With the assistance of a lumberjack, Zak, who she shrinks down to her size, she rallies the fairies and animals of the rainforest to protect the trees. The fantastic twisted tree from this movie is actually Hexxus who becomes sealed inside, similar to how he started off the movie.
Avatar, 2009In this astounding sci-fi film, humans encounter aliens (Na’vi) on their moon planet Pandora when they try to mine it for unobtanium after depleting all of Earth’s natural resources. The humans have figured out a procedure to give themselves the Na’vi genes, calling their hybrid bodies avatars. There is a group of scientists studying the biology of the Na’vi and one military man, Jake, eventually falls in love and becomes initiated into the Na’vi’s tribe. After he learns about their ways of life, he discovers that the Hometree where they live and garner their energy lies on the largest deposit of unobtanium in the area. He has to work with the Na’vi and other avatars to fight off his human cohorts and ensure that the tree remains intact. It’s quite a mouthful to describe, but then again, it’s also quite a film!
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002The wildly intricate world that J.R.R. Tolkien created through his Lord of the Rings series is complicated, amusing, and overall just a breathtaking and fascinating place. It only makes sense that in the world Tolkien created, there would be walking, talking trees. These Ents are a wise, ancient group that was created to protect the forests from any potential threats. Treebeard, the oldest and wisest of the Ents, brings a few of his group to assist in the war that is waging. These are the kinds of trees you’d want on your side, too.
Harry Potter Series, 2001-2011The Whomping Willow makes its appearance throughout the Harry Potter series where it is an intense obstacle that Harry and his friends must overcome to complete their various challenges. It sits on top of a secret passage and reacts to intruders by trying to beat them away from its vicinity. Don’t worry, it probably doesn’t want to hurt anyone intentionally—it’s just hexed to be that way!
There are tons of movies that have amazing trees, but nothing can beat the real thing (even if Ents are pretty darn cool). Check out our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps so you can head to a state park near you and see the real deal!