Customer Reviews: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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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. The Once-ler isn't a creature that's only seen by his hands, but instead has been transformed into a thin and tall man. When we first see the young Once-ler, there are distinct feelings of sympathy for him and empathy with his plight. It's hard to believe this industrious man will be responsible for cutting down all the Truffula Trees, but the temptations of family and fortune are strong. There are a couple of scenes in the forest that are added to pad the story. Also, instead of leaving at different times, the animals of the forest leave together in a mass exodus. Personally, I thought this element weakened the story.

Like the book, there is a strong conservationist message to THE LORAX, but I didn't see any anti-capitalistic undertones. The Once-ler is "punished" not because he was industrious and wanted to earn a living, but because he gave in to greed and destroyed the very thing that was allowing him to earn a living. Mr. O'Hare, the Mayor of Thneedville isn't a villain because he's a businessman, but because he's manufactured his fortune based upon a lie and even when confronted with the truth, he refuses to concede.

There's a lot of music in THE LORAX that comes in a variety of styles, folk, rock-a-billy, and some Broadway-type showtunes. Personally, I liked the smaller numbers which are mostly sung by the Once-ler (Ed Helms).

THE LORAX has broad appeal. It's a film that kids will enjoy for the characters and bright scenery, while many adults will enjoy for some of the subtle bits of humor. The mass consumerism message isn't as blatant as in WALL-E, but it's still there. Overall, it's a movie that The Lorax himself would probably enjoy watching.
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on April 9, 2012
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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on August 28, 2016
My daughter love this movie so much so that I had to buy multiple copies because she would hide them, in the event that she misbehaved and had to get something taken away. This story is somewhat difficult to follow, when compared to the book of the same name. However I think that's understandable given that they had to take a 20-page book and turn it into a full movie. If you're looking for some entertaining family movies and have a child Age 4 to 8, I would recommend this movie it's very colorful and has lots of singing and all of the other things that children like without too many adult overtones that you so frequently see in movies today. Enjoy your family movie night!
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on August 8, 2015
I'm a grown up (kind of) and I don't know how I didn't ever see this but my 21 year old daughter insisted I see it with her. What a great message and the characters were great. It's a must see for anyone no matter what age you are.
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on December 17, 2015
They did a decent job with this movie. If you are looking for it to stick with the original story of Dr. Suess, this is not for you. There's quite a bit added from the original. However, I feel the message basically stayed the same. For me personally, it was a little too "cheesy," but that could have been what they were going for. My kids really enjoyed it though & would watch it again. Other adults who were in the room enjoyed it as well, but no one called it an "amazing" movie, that's why I decided to rate it 4 stars. I think it's worth watching, but it's not one I would want playing over & over in my house. ;)
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on February 2, 2014
This was one of the best movies that i have ever watched! It teaches a moral that is even visible for kids: Take good care of your environment! This movie features a futuristic town built entirely out of technology and artificial nature. Trees were long gone by the time this modern town was built. A little girl in the town tells a boy that she would like an actual tree for her birthday. Longing to impress her, the little boy travels far out of town to find an authentic tree. He travels to a land of horrible pollution and meets a man who tells him a story of trees and plants. The boy must bring trees back into the town with the help of the Lorax, a creature who speaks for the trees and was around in the time of the trees. An evil businessman, however, does everything he can to keep nature away from the town. This is a must-watch for all age groups! I highly recommend this movie!
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on March 17, 2016
Having watched some of this movie on TV, I was never fond of the animation or the story - but having completed my Disney 3D collection, I knew it was time to branch out. The stylistic nature of this film really shines in 3D, and the animation doesn't look low-budget like it sometimes does in the 2D version. The 3D effect is used in gimmicky situations more than other more 'sophisticated' titles, but in a world created by Dr. Suess, it makes so much sense and adds even more fun and whimsy to the film. My grumpy thirty-something year old boyfriend hated the songs, but there are only four (3 1/2, really) compared to Frozen's tedious nine, and even though I was skeptical at the beginning of each number, by the end I was humming along and curious if I could find them on digital music retailer sites (I could!). This film turned out to be a hidden gem for me and while I will probably never willingly watch it in 2D, I can't WAIT to watch it in 3D again - it was truly engineered for the format and was done so with a lot of love and care to the source material. It's not going to be your favorite animated 3D film, but you'll be happy you picked it up.
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on January 25, 2014
Parents need to know that this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved tale of THE LORAX is age-appropriate for younger kids; there's little scary stuff, and the pro-environmental message is a positive one. The main issue here is really the movie's huge number of consumerist tie-ins -- at least 70 different marketing promotions. For an anti-materialism story to advertise so many products to kids and their parents sends a particularly confusing message. Still, the movie itself -- like the original story -- promotes conservation and protecting the environment. Kids will leave the film wanting to do more to help the natural world ... too bad that take-away will be diluted by the onslaught of available merchandise with the Lorax's bright-orange image on it.
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on August 2, 2016
The lorax is my favorite movie . I was never into kid movies till I had my son then i started binging on cartoons again and animation movies . I was never a fan of Dr. Seuss but this movie was so eye catching with all the colors and music its great for a toddler . There is so many things they can look at . In literally can play this movie 3 times innate row and my son who is 3 will keep watching it . The story line and hidden messages are in there with every scene from love. Selfishness . Family friendship . Environmental issues. The list goes on this movie is an A plus . The characters are all great to . This is a must watch . This movie is the movie that let me know your never to old to watch kid movies.
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on January 9, 2015
Great movie. Not a great fan of these type of movies like "Cat in the Hat" and I didn't even want to watch it but I did and it is one of my favorite movies. It was so well made your interest is kept throughout the entire movie AND it is a movie with really good LESSON for everyone to walk away with.
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