The big screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ environmentally-cautious tale “The Lorax” expands far beyond 45-pages. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, directed by Universal‘s Despicable Me duo Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, features several new characters and about as many musical numbers. The singing fish and cotton candy looking trees are bound to make this animated feature a new favorite among kids.

The Players:

  • Directors: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda
  • Writers: Ken Daurio (screenplay), Cinco Paul (story), and Dr. Seuss (book)
  • Starring: Voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Zac Efron
  • Music: John Powell

The Plot:

12-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the love of the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift). To find it, Ted must find the Once-ler (Ed Helms), who helps him discover the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito), the grumpy yet charming creature who speaks for the trees.

The Good:

  • Visually-Striking: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a feast of bright colors that will suck you in to the land of Thneedville, a town where everything is made of plastic and not much else. Despite there being no trees or plants, the people seem happy and cheerful, just like the colors that decorate their concealed city. The animators created a lively and colorful visual landscape that will capture just about anyone’s attention.
  • Message: There are many ways we can look at this story, but the message that will stick out to the most important people in the audience – the kids – is that we have to take care of our earth’s resources because they can/will run out.
  • Musical Numbers: What really makes the movie here are the musical numbers. The script isn’t all that funny, but the music compensates for that. With each number comes a full force of emotions that conveys the environmental message while entertaining. Don’t be surprised if teachers start using some of the music from the movie in their own science lessons.

The Bad:

  • It Can Get Preachy: The kids probably won’t realize that they are being taught a heavy lesson on the environment (not right away anyway), but the grownups will. At times the movie can feel like you’re being hit on the head with hammer, telling you, ‘Save the planet! Save the planet!’ The movie does get a bit preachy, in a good and bad way. It’s a good message, yes, but then again, if we wanted to learn more about the environment then we’d go watch a documentary, wouldn’t we?


While the film can get a bit preachy for the older people in crowd, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a visually stunning movie with plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Rating: 7.5/10

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opens March 2, 2012.

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