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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

 

Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was a creative writer in his own right. Dr. Seuss wrote over 45 children books that are still enjoyable to this day. Hollywood has picked up on adapting his works recently, with good and bad movies. Now with “The Lorax”, an adaptation of one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular books, we have the animation team behind 2010’s amazing “Despicable Me” to create an animated movie that teaches kids a safe environmental message that everyone can handle. But does it stick close to the source material? While “The Lorax” is a good movie, it is ruined by one major flaw; it’s still entertaining and easy enough for kids to understand.

 

The plot of the movie revolves around a young man named Ted (Zac Effron) who is in love with the girl next door Audrey (Taylor Swift). (Get it? The names are based of Ted and Audrey Geisel?) One day Audrey tells Ted that one thing she wants more in the entire world is to see a living tree. This is because the world in which Ted and Audrey are living in is surrounded by electronic devices and plastic. And the outside world is full of pollution. Upon hearing some information from his grandmother (Betty White), Ted decides to find The Once-ler (Ed Helms) to find out the truth. The Once-ler tells Ted about what life was like before there was pollution. The Once-ler tells Ted of The Lorax (Danny DeVito) who guarded the place before The Once-ler came and destroyed it.

 

“The Lorax” is a good film at best. The cast is does a pretty good job especially from DeVito as the title character, and the direction is fine. But what really makes the movie stand out are the animation and the story. First let’s talk about the story. It’s a pretty faithful adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book; in fact, there was a 1971 TV special that was animated by Chuck Jones that stuck more closely to the book. But here, the screenwriters update the story for a more modern take and it works. But what really sells the movie is the animation. The film is artistic by emulating the style of Dr. Seuss and using the 3D effect perfectly. Overall, the movie’s not that bad, but there is one problem that lost hope with this reviewer.

 

The movie includes songs, and while they are okay, they just do not connect with the viewer. They try very hard to be hip and tell us what’s going on, but it doesn’t work. If the movie had cut the songs out, it would have been perfect.

 

In the end “The Lorax” is a nice adaptation of a popular Dr. Seuss book, but could have been done a lot better without the inclusion of songs. The message is clear: that we need to protect our environment, and this movie does a pretty good job at it. Here’ s hoping we see more of the imagination of Dr. Seuss coming to theaters soon.

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