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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

Danny DeVito , Ed Helms , Chris Renaud , Kyle Balda  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,621 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White
  • Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,621 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIH4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" on IMDb

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An animated rendition of Dr. Seuss's classic book about the threat of industrialization to nature, The Lorax opens in Thneedville--a town never depicted in the original book. Thneedville is an artificial place, made primarily from plastic. It sports inflatable trees, fast cars, and air quality so poor that the residents are forced to purchase bottled fresh air. In another new twist to the story, 12-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) discovers that his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift) wants nothing more than to see a long-extinct Truffula Tree, so he sets out to impress her by finding one. Since there are no real trees in Thneedville, Ted acts on the crazy stories of his grandmother (Betty White), venturing beyond the city's walls into the desolate wasteland to locate a mysterious creature called the Once-ler (Ed Helms). Here the story and animation begin to more closely follow the book. Ted discovers the grumpy recluse, who reluctantly begins to tell him a tale about a once-perfect landscape filled with beautiful Truffula Trees and cute frolicking animals--a landscape now decimated by one greedy young man's insatiable appetite for profit. The beauty and wonder of the Truffula forest and its creatures are right out of Dr. Seuss's illustrations. While the forest creatures may not be directly referred to as Brown Bar-ba-loots, Swomee-Swans, and Humming-Fish, the cute little bears, funny-looking ducks, and especially charming trio of singing fish are instantly recognizable. They serve, as they do in Dr. Seuss's book, to add just the right amount of humor and levity to what would otherwise be a pretty heavy-handed message from the Lorax (Danny DeVito) about environmental preservation. Ted's hormonal instincts to impress Audrey slowly begin to take a back seat to the plight of the lost trees and animals, and the Once-ler's assertion that "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better" rings true by the end of the film. The abundance of original music is a nice and unexpected addition to the story, though why neither Efron nor Swift actually gets to sing is perplexing. (Ages 5 and older) Tami Horiuchi

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The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

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109 of 126 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Everybody Needs a Thneed!" March 3, 2012
Format:DVD
Based upon the book by Dr. Seuss (whose name is officially part of the title), THE LORAX has been contemporized a bit making it accessible to not only super-environmental-types, but to those who were raised upon conservation and not environmentalism. In THE LORAX, Ted (Zac Efron) is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the plasticized, walled city of Thneedville. Ted is in love with a teenage girl named Audrey (Taylor Swift). Audrey doesn't quite fit in Thneedville and paints the back of her house full of colorful trees which no longer exist. She longs to see a real tree and Ted becomes determined to find one for her. During dinner one night, Ted's Grammy Norma (Betty White) tells Ted that in order to find out what happened to the trees and if there's another one to be found, he needs to speak with the Once-ler (Ed Helms) who lives outside the city walls. Ted has never been outside the city, but sets out on a mission to meet the Once-ler and find a tree. He succeeds in finding the creature on the edge of town and the Once-ler tells Ted his story of how he started life off as an industrious, young man with a heart who just wanted to be a success, how he found a valley of paradise, and how he met The Lorax (Danny Devito). Before the story is through, the Once-ler's tale will merge with Ted's and perhaps revive the valley again.

Visually, THE LORAX is stunning. Both the natural beauty of the paradise valley and the plastic artificiality of Thneedville are full of bright and beautiful colors. These are contrasted by the present day greys of the world outside of Thneedville, the world that the Once-ler created.

The story stays fairly close to Dr. Seuss' original tale. However, there are a few differences.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In the age of Hollywood's seeming endless films aimed against greed, consumerism, and environmental destruction, "The Lorax" is not to be outdone. Unlike the other films with hidden messages, this one is very direct. The voice of Danny Devito and Betty White made the film very special as you can see them in those roles. The film incorporates some of the original Dr. Seuss poetry to convey the message, but doesn't bog down the film with it as to lose the target audience who may not enjoy it as much as we did when we read the original first edition hard covers in the third grade.

The story is about the Once-ler (what's in a name? Ed Helms) who cuts down all the trees and at times looking like Elton John playing the Pinball Wizard. He did this to make the Thneed (a versatile Huggie) that no one wanted until a pretty girl wore one. Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron) wants to obtain a tree because the pretty redhead Audry (Taylor Swift) wants one. Sort of like Brad Pitt suddenly caring about hungry third world kids. There are musical numbers and numerous messages about consumer marketing, greed, bottled water, and the environment. SNL's Nasim Pedrad did the voice of the Once-ler's mom, reminding me of the grandmother in the old Carol Burnett series.

Perhaps the best message of the film is that individuals can make a difference. As an adult I enjoyed the film.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overdone version of a Dr. Seuss Classic January 10, 2013
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Being a fan of Dr. Seuss, I was looking forward to watching this animated film. It was a huge disappointment. I contrast this experience with re-watching a Charlie Brown Christmas, which was made in 1965. Although some of the animation was interesting, they went way overboard trying to make this movie into a in-you-face, fast action film. Maybe this is the current status of animation? Anyway, as a result, the filmakers of The Lorax completely lost the subtlety in Dr. Seuss's message. While I understand they need to stretch a short book that you can read in minutes into a feature length film, they probably shouldn't have tried. In my opinion, they just killed the entire book.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Book....Horrible movie November 25, 2012
By Jina
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I loved reading this book to my daughter. I loved its message of nature's beauty, bounty, and importance, along with each individual's responsibility to do their part to maintain it. The movie, on the other hand was filled with frenetic noise, pointless activity, an emphasis on evil bad-guys instead of personal responsibility for lack of long-range planning. I would not recommend this movie to anyone. I wish I could apologize personally to Dr. Seuss for watching this degrading version of his wonderful book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not." Ted (Efron) is just like any boy. Rides around on his bike trying to impress the love of his life Audrey (Swift). Her dream is to see a real live tree. The city they live in is made of plastic and air is sold in bottles. When Ted's grandma (White) tells him of a man called the Once-ler (Helms) he risks everything to go and talk to him. I have to admit the only reason I really watched this is because my daughter wanted to see it. I am actually glad she forced me to go because I really enjoyed it. There is enough adult stuff mixed in to make it enjoyable for everyone and not just kids. Danny DeVito being cast as the Lorax is genius and actually makes it funnier. I expected this to be a total "Save the world from humans" type movie but while the message was there it didn't seem preachy and was more funny then anything. If you are looking for a good family movie this is one of the best ones to come out in a while. Overall, much, much better then I expected and one of the best family movies in the last few years. I give it an A, my daughter gives in an A+.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
ok
Published 3 days ago by dolphnface
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
My kids and I love everything about this movie. Great story (and lesson), the music is catchy and fun. We saw it in 3D at theater, but don't have that capability at home.
Published 4 days ago by Adelina R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Great movie. Kids of all ages loved it! Played it for my sixth grade class and they were so engaged.
Published 4 days ago by Cristina Pires
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites
My children (ages 2 & 5) LOVE this movie. It has great music, it is funny, and has a nice message. It is one of the few out that doesn't revolve around a helpless princess being... Read more
Published 5 days ago by RL
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D was amazing
We just purchased a new Sony Bravia with 3D capabilities and needed to tested this feature. We were impressed with both "The Lorax" and the TV.
Published 6 days ago by Kenneth R. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Still learning from this movie
This movie is packed so tightly with ethical lessons on life, I have watched it at least 20 times and I still pick up on themes I had previously missed. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark Bovair
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
It's a kid's movie. Nothing too groundbreaking or heartwarming going on here. Its no Toy Story. Just average really if you're babysitting a kid you won't be swept away with it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jill Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was delivered on time and with everything they said. The movie is great to watch it with the family. Get it. The graphics are great.
Published 12 days ago by gerardo leal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all ages
This movie doesn't follow the book precisely, but it is exactly in the spirit of the book. There is humor for boomers, their children, and their grandchildren. Read more
Published 13 days ago by hollisson
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lorax Mishears a Who?
Not long ago a movie was made that ignored our enjoyment and was totally lame. It framed industrialization as an evil idear and riddled my six year old completely with fear. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gandalf Sidio
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