Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart that USA Today’s Claudia Puig calls, “The right blend of funny, silly, and sweet.”
Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Twins, L.A. Confidential) lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, the remarkable creature who “speaks for the trees,” with Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, “The Office”) as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School Musical, The Lucky One, 17 Again) as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy® Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Big Miracle) as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, “SNL”) as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy® Award winner Betty White (The Proposal, “Hot in Cleveland”) as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.
One of the best-selling children’s book authors of all time, Theodor “Dr. Seuss”
Geisel created more than 40 cherished books that have been published in 95 countries and 17 different languages, selling more than half a billion books worldwide. The Lorax, which Geisel named his favorite work, is included on the “Educator’s All Time Top 20 List of Children’s Books.”
This movie was flat out amazing. It really was. The animation was absolutley breathtaking (those trees! those adorable little bears!) and completely captivated me and the kids. The cast voices were spot on and I adored Betty White as Grammy. The story itself is one with a powerful message....
Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, things aren't going to get better. They're not.
Yup! I love that message and I was delighted to share it with my children with the Lorax. There were plenty of laugh out loud parts for the kids. My guys thought the villain was both incredibly naughty (he is!) but hilarious as well (he is!). They also really enjoyed the high speed scooter/blimp/tractor chase at the end and, quite frankly, so did I. The music was a hit too and the song Let it Grow should be an anthem for us all! Watch The Lorax with your kids....they will love it and so will you. You can pre-order your copy today from Amazon at 43% off (a steal!!!!)....
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*Disclosure: I was given a copy of the above mentioned movie for purpose of review. The thoughts expressed are 100% my own.