Trees and the major motion picture industry

On the heels of the tree-centric Avatar and with the discovery that the Cannes International Film Festival will close this year with a picture called The Tree, it is increasingly clear that the film industry can not survive without trees.

The Tree is a family drama that incorporates a giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree into the set, both as visual aide and later as a portal for an 8-year-old to communicate to her lost father.

The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, is directed by Julie Bertucelli and will screen May 23 in France.

And now, thanks to The Guardian’s film blog, here are two clips that pay tribute to the history of trees in film, brought to you by Walt Disney and George Lucas, respectively.

What is your favorite major motion picture tree clip?

–Toshio Suzuki