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Dr. Seuss - The Lorax/Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano (1972)

Eddie Albert , Bob Holt , Hawley Pratt  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Albert, Bob Holt, Athena Lorde, Harlen Carraher, Scatman Crothers
  • Directors: Hawley Pratt
  • Writers: Dr. Seuss
  • Producers: David H. DePatie, Dr. Seuss, Friz Freleng
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009ZVNP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Seuss - The Lorax/Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano" on IMDb

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    The award-winning tale of The Lorax tells the story of the greedy, tree-chopping Once-lers and the brave little Lorax who speaks up for the vanishing forest. Then, in Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano, a young Dill Pickle Works worker wishes he could get away from it all - and has his wish granted in a head-spinning, globe-trotting, song-singing way by the magical McGillicuddy!

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    4.6 out of 5 stars
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    32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just as charming as I remember July 22, 2004
    Format:VHS Tape
    The environmentally conscious Lorax appears here in an expanded version of the Dr. Seuss book, where we see more about how the profit-minded Once-Ler destroyed the truffula trees. My kindergartener loved the book, and I happened across this tape at Wal-Mart in a bargain bin. Having seen it as a kid myself, it was a natural purchase. She's watched it eight times in three days, so it must have stood the test of time! The music is a bit dated, sure, but she won't care about that for a few years yet, and it's pure nostalgia for my wife and me. The story even strikes the correct balance between commercial interests and environmentalism: Just take care of nature while you're creating jobs, and all will be well. But if you don't.....yikes.

    The forgotten story included here is about Pontoffel Pock, a loser of a young man who can't get his simple two-step job right and gets fired. He is given a magic piano so he can "get away from it all," and of course he fouls that up too, but eventually figures out how to rescue a damsel in distress. My little girl doesn't quite get the romance aspect of this story, but we both enjoy the fantasy. Not in the league of "The Lorax," but cute.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars So that's what it was called! May 19, 2006
    Format:DVD
    I remember seeing "Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano" when I was very young (I was born in 1982), but haven't seen it in ages and the name of it slipped me for a long time (I always mixed it up with "Oh The Places You Will Go!"). I remember being young and liking the magic piano with the colorful buttons--it was like a player piano--to escape, he would push a colorful button and would fly away on his piano as it played a fanciful tune. Wow.

    I am really well-versed when it comes to obscure Dr. Seuss cartoons--and I love them all. I had a boss several years ago who was a fan of the Lorax, but I haven't seen this one in years.

    Finally I figured out the title!!!! And I can remember liking this one. I would love to see it again!!!
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars UNLESS... March 16, 2004
    Format:DVD
    As a child I loved the Lorax for the simple rhymes and laughed at the comical little Lorax standing up to the might of the Once-ler. I think from the standpoint that it is fun and interesting ryhme ranks it right up around the four stars mark because it got young children to read.
    As an adult, I find the stance that the Lorax make for accountability to be a valuable lesson that adults can relate to children in explaining this story.
    What I really like and thought it was well conveyed (despite the very dated background music and the liberal rewording to extend the poem) is that final stanza where Dr. Suess, through the Once-ler, lets us know that even with all the problems there is still a chance to better the world we live in but it will require great care and effort...
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    15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with perfection November 5, 2010
    Format:DVD
    Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Dr. Seuss, and that the book version of The Lorax is my favorite of his works and quite possibly my favorite children's book ever. My daughters' room has a 360 degree mural of scenes from the book, including the quote, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

    But with that said, I just don't think that the video version lives up to the original book version. Sure, it brings to life the same bright-color scenes and characters as in the book. And sure, the video was produced by Dr. Seuss using much of the original text. But the changes, in my opinion, make it worse rather than better.

    Many reviewers have described the video as an "expanded" version of the book, which it is to the extent that much extra material has been added - several songs, and extra scenes and dialogues that aren't found in the book. I will admit that the songs are, for the most part, quite good and very catchy (almost too catchy - I get that "Don't sit around talkin', just get to Weehawken" song stuck in my head all the time). But the extra material introduces significant changes to the narrative and not always for the best. There's a scene, for instance, in which the Once-ler debates with himself - one side of him realizing that his business practices are not healthy. There is nothing in the book to indicate that the Once-ler ever regretted any of his actions until the day that the last Truffula Tree fell and his business ended.

    There's also a new scene with a receptionist (Miss Funce-ler) and a secretary (Miss O'Schmunce-ler) in which he dictates a letter to his cousin Yani Yunce-ler. This scene introduces a sexist element which doesn't exist in the book.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Lorax April 22, 2010
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I was just going to show this movie to my students using an LCD machine and a link to the movie I found on the internet.....but i found this movie combo on amazon and decided for $10 bucks i'd get it. I'm glad I did! :)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Seuss teaches Human-Environment Interaction September 29, 2009
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I love this story and music. I use it to teach 6th graders about the geographic theme of human-environment interaction.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Well Received! October 3, 2008
    Format:DVD
    The Lorax is a timeless moral lesson about human greed and its impact on our environment. This story book should be on every child's bookshelf. The two videos on the DVD were well received by my son although the music and animation are quite characteristic for its time (early 1970s).
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase.
    Great story.
    Published 1 month ago by R. Kay
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Just what I wanted.
    Published 1 month ago by Sharklady
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great video. My students loved it
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    Published 2 months ago by Delfina Lewis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Piano
    I bought this for the secondary video, Pontoffel Poff and his magic piano. When I was a kid I would watch this over and over again. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Sarah J
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
    This is the original video that goes with the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax. The children in my kindergarten class loved it.
    Published 16 months ago by B. Livingston
    5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves it !!
    I bought this for my daughter and I am very glad that I did. She absolutely loves it!!!!! The graphics and animation are amazing. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by napolifred
    5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite movie
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    Published 21 months ago by John Homer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for.
    I had purchased the classic Dr. Suess book The Lorax for my 5yr. old grandson and remembered the original short animated story, that followed the book almost exactly, from my... Read more
    Published on September 18, 2012 by Rose
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Lorax
    This little televised special brought happiness to everyone. i saw the movie then i wanted to see the original televised special so i did and tell you what the movie was not far... Read more
    Published on April 30, 2012 by David
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