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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
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If Dr. Seuss were alive, he would have been 108th on March 2nd, andthis colourful adaptation of his 1971 illustrated children's book isjust the befitting tribute to him. Not only is it joyous hilarity forthe whole family, but it preserves the cautionary message at the heartof its source, combining the artistry of modern-day animation with theweird and wonderful elements of what was apparently Dr. Seuss'favourite book for a delightful and unexpectedly thoughtful experience.And that is really no small feat, as fans of the author can attest-Hollywood has had a hit-and-miss record with the Seuss, bunglingterribly in recent years with Mike Myers' 'The Cat in the Hat', beforeredeeming itself with the 2008 animated 'Horton Hears A Who'. It's nocoincidence therefore that the writers of 'Horton'- Ken Daurio andCinco Paul- are once again the creative scripting force behind thisadaptation, and once again the duo demonstrate their sharp Seussiansensibilities in what is possibly the author's most controversial work.Indeed, the story of a reclusive hermit known as the Once-Ler (voicedhere by Ed Helms) who recounts his encounter with a strange orangecreature known as the Lorax that had huge yellow eyebrows and amoustache like Yosemite Sam was also a pro-conservation and anti-consumerist fable that courted its fair share of detractors when it wasfirst published and still does so today. Of course, these are alsodifferent times today, when concerns about climate change and theenvironment have crept into both the social and political sphere.To expand the short story to feature-length, there is now a backstoryto the 12-year-old boy who visits the Once-Ler- named Ted (Zac Efron)as a nice nod to the Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Grissel),this jolly teenager has but one purpose, to get a living tree and winthe affection of his sweet high-school age neighbour Audrey (TaylorSwift). Both Ted and Audrey live in the totally artificial town ofThneedville, where everything including the trees is made of plasticand the people are oblivious to the gray desolate wasteland outside oftheir cocooned city.With some handy advice from a surprisingly sprightly Grammy Norma(voiced by Betty White), Ted sees firsthand the grim polluted worldoutside of Thneedville on his way to visit the Once-Ler. Once there,the Once-Ler recounts his folly as a young and ambitious entrepreneurwho stumbled upon the beautiful Truffula Valley abounding with candy-coloured lollipop-style Truffula trees, Humming-Fish and cub-likeBarbaloots. It's as far from the Truffula Ted's seen as can be, anddirector Chris Renaud pulls out all the stops to make sure that it is agorgeous eye-popping visual feast.The first tree Ted falls summons the Lorax, a guardian of nature whotells Ted that he speaks for the trees and implores him to spare athought for the forest creatures whose livelihood depends on them. Fora while, Ted appears to pay heed to the Lorax, but when his knittedgarment he calls the thneed becomes an unforeseen sensation in town,greed takes over and it isn't long before the entire valley isdecimated.It is a cautionary eco-fable all right, and there is a clever metaphorhere in how something so sought after like the thneed can be so quicklyand easily forgotten. There is also added relevance in what happensafter, as another entrepreneurial mind quickly takes over by supplyingbottled fresh air to the people of Thneedville and becoming the town'sunofficial mayor in the process. Opportunity presents itself incalamity, but how we make use of it is yet something else altogether-that is the lesson Daurio and Paul make as they set up O'Hare (RobRiggle) and his two bulky bodyguards as the nemeses Ted has to defeatin a thrilling action-packed finish.The additions will no doubt entertain the kids, but older audiencesfamiliar with the books will be glad to know that the Seussian spiritis well and alive in this zany rollicking adventure. Reverential too isthe visual cues that the movie takes from Seuss- both in terms of thecurvy undulating lines and shapes as well as the bright colours- andlike "Horton", you'll know when you see it that you're in his world. Deserving of mention as well is the excellent voice cast assembled forthe film. Efron conveys youthful naivety as much as Swift, while Helmsgives the Once-Ler its necessary idiosyncrasies as well as anunexpected depth lamenting the folly of his past. But the truefirecracker here is DeVito, returning after some years of beingsidelined in Hollywood to tip-top form as the Lorax. There is verve andedge in every line of DeVito's delivery, crackling and popping as muchas the colours do in every frame.There is also plenty for the kids to embrace, especially theminion-like creatures of the forest courtesy most likely of Renaud- wedare you to resist falling in love with the three aptly namedHumming-Fish and the Barbaloots. The stereoscopic treatment here isalso a treat (and even more so in IMAX), lending the Seussian-scapes alush vibrant feel and the action sequences an added dimension ofexcitement. But of course this is nary just harmless diversion for the kids, andthe true weight of this animation is its environmental message ofconservation told in a simple- but not simplistic- manner to beunderstood by audiences of all ages. It is an adaptation Dr. Seusswould very likely be proud of if he were still around, in no smallmeasure because it echoes Seuss' essential plea summarised right at theend: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's goingto get better. It's not."- www.moviexclusive.com
There's a big difference between a film with a message and heavy handedpolitical propaganda. The Lorax not only crosses that line, but goes sofar off the deep end that I cannot even judge it on it's entertainmentvalue, because it doesn't even try to be entertaining. Or I should say,entertainment plays a distant second to politics. Of course, it's avery well made movie; with great animation and acting, but it's all inservice to a highly dubious message. To be brief, the film makes it clear that earning money is bad bad badbad bad. In fact, one wonders why they didn't give the tickets out forfree, if profit is so evil. In the film, a young entrepreneur has an idea for a product that peoplewould want to buy, so he sets off from very humble beginnings to bringhis idea to life, and becomes fantastically successful. But to make hisproduct, he needs to cut down trees, and eventually all the trees aregone and he's ruined. Over the course of the film we're treated toseveral musical numbers to drive home the point that money is bad,shopping is bad, and businesses are bad.Great message for kids right there; don't bother going into businessbecause you're just going to ruin the world. Don't follow your dreamsif your dreams don't include planting trees. Life is a zero-sum game;either you're an evil, greedy businessman or you 'care' about 'change'. Really pathetic. And not very entertaining.
I have never been a fan of author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)', so I don'tcare about the changes his book The Lorax suffered with its adaptationto the big screen. However, the problem is that the film Dr. Seuss' TheLorax is another noisy, empty and unbearable animatedhyper-commercialized confection which employs its ecological moral inorder to disguise the same clichÃ©s, situations and characters whichinfest the contemporary animation cinema. In short, this film is themost recent example of the painful mentality "What does it matter? It'sfor kids".Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an anti-corporative film made by hugecorporations which try to celebrate the nature with cloyinglyartificial and over-designed images. This film offers a boringscreenplay; the obligatory action scenes which don't contributeanything to the story; the typical references to popular culture; andatrocious musical numbers which desperately try to be "cool" despitetheir total lack of energy or ingenuity.The animation itself from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is moderately well done,but that doesn't save it from being a pathetic film which bored me totears. In conclusion, don't waste your time and your money with thispiece of junk.
I can't believe (well, yes I can) that people gave this a bad review. Iwas afraid I was going to be disappointed when I saw the Lorax, basedon some reviews, but I wasn't at all. My 11 year old and I both lovedthe movie, she laughed out loud at many parts (although I have to admitshe does do that a lot watching movies) and we left very pleased thatwe saw it.Background: I grew up on Dr. Seuss, my six kids grew up with Dr. Seuss.We love Dr. Seuss even as adults. We've read the book, we've seen theoriginal movie. I have two vegetarian older daughters, we areenvironmentally conscious. Also, we like musicals and my father was amusic teacher - so finding out it was a musical was not adisappointment. There was definitely NOT a lot of musical numbers. Ifyou hate musicals, I think the songs are infrequent enough that you cangroan through it and let your kid enjoy the movie. That said, despiteall the reviews on bad music, we thought the songs were lively and funand cute. You're not gonna go out and buy a record for it, but it fitthe movie for the kids it was targeted to.Like another reviewer said: THIS IS A MOVIE FOR KIDS!! As with anymovie, it's geared toward a certain age group. People who take two-yearolds to the theater must be crazy, taking them to see this movie is noexception. Granted, there's cute fuzzy bears, but there's a story beingtold and a lesson - definitely geared toward elementary/pre-teens, notthe yo gabba gabba crowd. Your toddler or active pre-schooler will notsit through this.My opinion is also based on the fact that we do not watch a lot ofmovies or TV, (I'm a firm believer that kids should be outsideplaying), and we are certainly not film or animation connoisseurs. Ican see how someone used to intense-graphics and action-packed filmswould get bored with this. It is a story. If you like kid stories, youwill like this. We did not find it boring, I thought it was well told,and it held our interest all the way through.Is it like the original? There's a lot different, a little similar. Idon't think I've ever seen a movie that was like the book. Book isalways better. Contrary to what another reviewer said about no rhyming,there are rhymes and some book quotes in the movie.When they redid Cat in the Hat, I didn't like it, didn't like what theydid with the Cat character at all, but my kids did. I liked The Lorax,and my daughter did. (The others are in college and haven't seen ityet...but they will I'm sure.) I'm somewhat sensitive to violence andscariness in movies (but not overly so), and I feel this is safe totake your kids to if they get scared easy. There's occasional momentswhen I had to roll my eyes up and think "did X really have to punch Xat that moment" - but it's not violent or scary at all. Your kid won'tgo home with nightmares or shooting people. Maybe they'll even plant atree.If you have elementary/pre-teen kids I highly recommend this movie foryou and your kids.
In every sense one is glad American animation has come such a long way.It would be wrong to say that so far we have been doing an inferior jobin comparison to our Bollywood counterparts. However the quality hasn'tbeen at par. With Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, American animation films havetaken a giant leap forward and kudos to IMAX Films and UniversalPictures Studios for being the one to raise the bar up by many notches.Bottom line is the fact that Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is ultimately a moviethat has stemmed from the land of Hollywood films, so expectinganything different is sheer blasphemy. The film has lovers, a villain,extreme violence, and great humor - the ultimate essentials for aHollywood caper. But then being animated and convincing is what whisksthis film away from clutches of the inane Hollywood film monster.Ted (Zac Efron) the quintessential lover dog is out and about thesuburbs, where he meets newly found best mutt. Soon enough he bumpsinto the love of his life, Audrey (Taylor Swift) who happens to be anightclub performer. Besides falling in love, the biggest mistake Tedcommits is having rubbed The Once-ler (Ed Helms) the wrong way. With avillain to combat and love to win over, the film is all Ted and tons ofheart.One can't stop gushing over the fact that IMAX Films and UniversalPictures Studios have brought to The US what can be called America'sfirst world class animation film. It's not perfect, but nonethelessstill great. Had the movie been made into a live Acton one, perhaps itwould not have worked. Even story-wise the film is extremely light. Butit is exactly these aspects that make Dr. Seuss' The Lorax lovable. Thefilm is entertaining, funny and light. There is little that your mindneeds to work on and it's escapism at its best.
Thirty years before Al Gore was demonized for telling the truth aboutglobal warming, Dr. Seuss was chastised for promoting environmentalismin his book "The Lorax." Even before its publication in 1970, globaldeforestation was a major problem, and it continues to this day,especially in tropical regions. I will not provide the statistics here;there's more than enough quality information on the net for you toresearch. I will say that deforestation is widely agreed amongst theworld's best environmental experts to be a major contributing factor inthe extinction of species, the displacement of populations, soilerosion, and changes to climactic conditions. Amazing, how perfectlyone of Seuss' rhyming passages sums up the solution: "Unless someonelike you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It'snot."This message is not lost in "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," a 3D computeranimated adaptation of the book. Some have already pigeonholed the filmas liberal indoctrination, which I think is sad and woefully ignorant.The environment is an issue that is neither liberal nor conservative.It affects each and every one of us. Countless studies have proved thisto be true. This movie does not promote a political position; it merelycomments on what I believe to be well documented scientific facts. Ifyou take the environment and science out of the equation altogether, itwill still deliver a positive life message, one that I think people ofall persuasions can agree on: Actions have consequences. Therefore, besure to think things through and know exactly what you're doing beforemoving forward.If I've failed to convince you of its thematic merits, there are a hostof other reasons to see this movie. It is, for one thing, a visuallyspectacular work of animation. The colors are vivid and bold. Therendered characters and environments are remarkably faithful to Seuss'distinctly quirky visual style. The look of the film is so good thatit's second only to the previous Seuss adaptation, the wonderful"Horton Hears a Who!" It's often times quite funny, and as is the casewith most family friendly animated films, most of the best gags arereserved for the side characters. In this case, we have legions ofteddy bears and land-dwelling goldfish, three of which harmonize in thesame helium-voiced fashion of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Both species, wesoon learn, are quite fond of marshmallows.To my great surprise, it's also the best 3D film I've seen since"Hugo." The projection was bright and clear, and more importantly,there was a noticeable sense of depth perception. In other words, Iactually felt immersed in the world. Perhaps it's true that animationis the ideal medium for 3D. The only real disappointments are the songsby John Powell and Cinco Paul; they may be appropriate for thematerial, and they do have moments of catchiness, but don't expect tobe humming any of the tunes as you leave the theater. Such a shame sofew composer/lyricist teams have been able to match the Disney songbank, specifically the selections composed by Alan Menken. If you'renot humming "Be Our Guest" when "Beauty and the Beast" is over, you maywant to check your pulse.The main setting of "The Lorax" is Thneed-Ville, a walled-off citywhere everything, including the foliage, is artificial. Even air has tobe bottled and sold. The whole city is under the control of an airtycoon named O'Hare (voiced by Rob Riggle), who may be small in staturebut is enormous in his greed. We meet a boy named Ted (voiced by ZacEfron), who's smitten by a pretty young woman named Audrey (voiced byTaylor Swift). Her dream is to someday see a real live tree. Ted,determined to impress Audrey, goes on a quest to find one. According tohis feisty grandmother (voiced by Betty White), the only one who knowsabout living trees is the Once-Ler, who lives beyond the walls of thecity.And so Ted discreetly breaches the city limits, narrowly avoidingO'Hare's ever-present surveillance system. After a brief scooter ridethrough a smoggy, desolate wasteland of tree stumps, Ted locates theramshackle home of the Once-Ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who lives insolitude and never shows his face. He tells Ted the story of when hewas a young, idealistic inventor, of how the surrounding land used tobe a lush forest of Seussian trees, and of how his lust for power andwealth led to the forest's destruction. He also tells him of the Lorax(voiced by Danny DeVito), a small, grumpy orange creature that guardedthe forest. It seems not all hope is lost; the Once-Ler bestows asingle tree seedling, the last of its kind, to Ted with the hope thathe will take it back to Thneed-Ville and plant it.O'Hare does not take kindly to this, for he knows that the freeproduction of fresh air would ruin him. This inevitably leads to achase sequence through the streets of Thneed-Ville, but because theanimation and 3D were in such perfect harmony, I found that I didn'tmuch care about overused story conventions. Ted will not only have tobe quicker than O'Hare but smarter as well, for the people are not yetaware of his controlling ways. Can Ted save the day? You will, ofcourse, know the answer by the end of the movie, although I don't thinkthe action is as important as the subtext. That will definitely preventcertain people from responding to "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," a fact I findtroubling. Why is it some of us are unwilling to see reason in mattersthat are so clearly defined?-- Chris Pandolfi (www.atatheaternearyou.net)
We saw this movie as part of a summer program that shows moviesoutdoors in the park. It was a perfect movie for this. All the kidsseemed to love it. Since it was outdoors instead of a theater, no oneminded when the kids got up to dance through the songs. We have ofcourse watched movies at home with our 10 month old, but not intheaters. It might have just been the fact we were outside, but I thinkhe might have sat through it in a theater as well. He was clapping hishands and smiling the whole time. My 6 year old loved it too, and gotthe message. There is one song that sounds up beat, but if you listento the words it's kind of a downer. On the way home he was singing it,then stopped and said "well that's kind of sad." My 3 year old niecewas with us too, and she hardly sits still for anything, but this moviedid the trick. I'm not sure if she got the message behind it all, butshe was entertained. I have read the book, so has my son. We bothnoticed the changes, but they weren't so drastic that we were horriblyoffended. I have read they director/producer's reasons for the changes,and I agree with them.
Darling movie. Lessons to learn. Save the environment. As an artist andcolor appreciator, however, I loved the pink cotton candy tree tops.They were darling to look at. I did wish the original trees had beenreal ones like we know, the brown trunks and branches and the lushgreen leaves. Ah, that was not meant to be. Our type of trees were ofancient history, the type the grandmother knew. The artificial town wasquite interesting. The plastic bushes were great artwork, but of coursedisappointing from the green ones we know nowadays. To see the bushesinflated was hilarious, but a strong lesson compared to nowadays peopletrying to spoil the environment and making our planet inhospitable togrowing plants. I loved the dancing fish; they were so cute. (You knowthat dancing and singing movies are my favorite, if you read my otherreviews). It was quite alarming to see them on the land, dancing ontheir tails that were turned into legs -- though I did love that part,too. I loved their singing. Their orange coloring was just right;goldfish. The many bears were darling, and the mule was a greatcharacter.
Dr. Seuss books are something every person in the U.S. grew up with,this writer included. Nightly readings of "One Fish Two Fish Red FishBlue Fish," "Green Eggs and Ham," and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back"fill many an individual's childhood memories. It comes as no surprisethat if the writer's name is attached to a film, people of all ageswill flock to the theaters to see it. Universal is bringing the latestadaptation of one of his books, "The Lorax," home for viewers of allages to enjoy on Blu-ray and DVD. This charming animated feature tells the story of a little boy namedTed (Zac Efron). He has a childhood crush on older "girl-next-door"Audrey (Taylor Swift). Audrey shares her dream of seeing real treeswith Ted. All the trees in their world were cut down before they wereborn. Ted decides he will find a tree to win the girl's affection. Hisjourney leads him to a strange old hermit named the Once-ler (EdHelms). The Once-ler tells Ted he will help him, but only if he listensto the story of the Lorax (Danny DeVito) - a plump and crabby critterwho used to protect the trees. Children and their parents will find a lot to be excited about with"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." It's a fun but cautionary tale. The moviecontains all the quirky ingredients you will find in a Dr. Seuss book.It does a great job of delivering a serious message without sacrificingthe enjoyment we all find in the rhyming scribe's many works. All the actors deliver the way you would expect a cast of big names to.Zac Efron is perfect as the wide-eyed and curious Ted. Taylor Swiftbrings Ted's dream girl Audrey to life. Ed Helms is perfect as thecrotchety old Once-ler. Danny DeVito completely embraces his role asthe Lorax. His gravely and grumpy sounding voice works beautifullyhere. The eco-friendly message the movie pushes is an important one. A worldwithout trees would be devastating and detrimental to all life onEarth. However, I'd be lying if I didn't mention I rolled my eyes atone point or another as I imagined hippies and politically correcttree-huggers dancing around together celebrating Mother Nature. I justthink there are more important issues to deal with and fixate on. Weall must do our part, though. The high definition transfer of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" looks and soundsgreat. The vibrant colors of the film keep the audience's eyes glued tothe screen. The picture is clean and crisp delivering an enjoyableviewing experience. The dialogue, music, and sound effects are allbalanced well in spectacular 5.1 surround glory. There are plenty of special features loaded into this release. Threeall-new mini-movies are included. They're short but entertainingnonetheless. We also get featurettes like "The Making of the Mini-Movies" and "Seuss to Screen." A deleted scene, games, and singalongsare present as well. The 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" will satisfywatchers of all ages. You get a fun feature film paired with a few newmini-movies and other interactive extras which will thrill consumers.It's a worthy addition to any family's movie library.
Screenplay writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio adapt Dr. Seuss's book TheLorax about a grumpy forest creature, who isn't quite ready to sharehis world of brightly colored fuzzy trees. The creators of DESPICABLEME takes a header with this CGI and 3D feature. Animated films likethis one rely on the vocal talents of its stars. Diverse starssometimes bring life to enjoyable looking scenes. And sometimes youhave a whirl of pretty cinematography going nowhere. You decide. Twelveyear old Ted(Zac Efron)is wanting to impress the sweetheart of hisdreams Audrey(Taylor Swift)by presenting her with her heart'sdesire...a tree. In the process Ted will meet up with The Lorax(DannyDeVito), the keeper of the only trees, and exchange thoughts of hope,love and promise. Miss Betty White is wasted giving voice to Ted'sGrammy Norma. DeVito at least probably earned his paycheck. Efron is asinteresting as plaster. Swift was sweet enough. When I viewed THELORAX, the only real reactions I noticed came from the "pull-up diaperset". I would imagine Dr. Seuss might be a little disappointed too.
I got exactly what I thought I was gonna get out of this movie from thetrailer and for the most part that was a good thing. The story in thisis good and meaningful considering it's from a Dr. Seuss book. The plotis about this boy who lives in a town where just about everything ismade of plastic and there is no natural vegetation or plants. But wantsto impress a girl that he likes so he goes on a journey to find a treecause that girl wants to see a real tree. And thus it goes from theback story of what happened to the trees and back. Although the treesin this looks more like cotton candy on a stick rather than a actualtree. But than again it's a Dr. Seuss world. The message in this moviewas more inspiring than it being forced in your face and will keep someaudience think and maybe get something out of this flick. However themovie does have some flaws, it just wasn't engaging as I wanted it tobe. Which is disappointing cause I wanted to like this movie. And itloses interest as the movie progresses even more and the movie justlacked character. Although it felt meaningful it just wasn't all thatentertaining or grabbed my interest. It's a good family flick though.6.7/10
The Lorax was a fun-filled animation with perfect blend of colors andgloss , rightful message and impeccable storyline !!!The lorax tells a story of 12 year old boy Ted madly in love with agirl who loves trees. However , the world they live in is fakeconstructed with artificial air , artificial grass and trees etc. Inorder to get a real tree and impress his girl, Ted must learn the storyof the Lorax, the guardian of the forest from Once-ler, the grumpy oldman who is behind the destruction. Based on the novel written by Dr.Seuss, The Lorax is directed by ChrisRenaud who gave us immensely likable Despicable Me. As his earlier work, Chris has done a fantastic job. The direction is nice keeping youentertained throughout the film. Superb efforts has been put onscreenplay which is tight and intact. There is not a single frame inthe film which bores and that is the highlight. Animation is top-notchand voice by Danny Devito , Ed Helms and Zac Effron is commendable. Iloved the music tracks played at the background. It was peppy andjazzy.Overall , a superb movie in all aspects. It was a lucrative familyentertainer that is sure to be enjoyed. Recommended 3.5/5
Full disclosure: I consider myself right of center, fiscallyconservative while socially liberal. While I know there are those whowill gnash there teeth and automatically discard my review, I just wantto provide this as a basis for my critique of the film.I went into this movie with the understanding it was going to be aboutthe environment and how we must work to save it. This is a sentiment Icompletely agree with; you don't have to believe in global warming(which I do) to understand that our current way of living isunsustainable. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was the completelack of subtly. This movie was a juvenile attempt at being crafty. Thisisn't a "Fox news" style sniping, picking a single scene of the movieout of context or reading too deeply looking for a hidden subtext. It'sblatantly out there, before the end of the first song. After that, themovie was filled with shallow characters that were Ayn Rand styledmouthpieces for the films agenda. What makes it frustrating is the Dr.Seuss has never been this mean spirited. Dr. Seuss' political leaningshave never been hidden, but they never detracted from my enjoyment ofit.What bothered me most was the lack of true heart in the movie. "Wall-E"had a very similar message a few years ago, yet that movie was abeautiful piece of art. It's message was plainly visible, and I'm sureit was hounded by hardcore conservatives when it was released. But itcame from a place of understanding and cooperation in working togetherto save the environment and where everyone had the potential to make adifference in the end. The Lorax was just pretentious and condescendingin its execution; you are demonized if you do not buy into the filmmaker's world view wholesale.On a technical level, the animation was on par with the very Seuss-ianstyle that was presented in "Horton Hears A Who"; its detail was justright while it kept that Dr. Seuss charm. The voice actors filled theirroles well; Ed Helms charmed as the Once-ler, imbuing pathos to anotherwise stale character, while Danny DeVito gave the Lorax acharming, world weary sarcasm that fit very well. The music was verywell done. I found myself tapping along to the music, while the lyricswere very obvious and pandering.Ultimately, this movie was held back by its execution; there wasnothing wrong with its message or with the source material. But, itsarrogant style was polarizing and distracting. If you believe that theworld is simply black and white, where everyone is either a mindlesssheeple or evil industrialist, you will genuinely enjoy this movie.Otherwise, it will likely frustrate you and insult your intelligence.
I cant believe all the negative reviews here, Lorax was a good film.The animation is top notch, fun to look at and lively. The animals(bears and the fish) are cute and the film has a powerful message. This is not a comedy film as i was expecting it to be (as nearly allthe animated films released these days have quite a bit of comedy ).the tone of the film is actually sad ( its about environmentalism andcutting down trees and their impact on the ecosystem).Surely the villain and his scheme is a little bit silly and the voiceacting is so-so (except for the girl which i later found to be voicedby Taylor swift) and the film gets a little boring at times, the filmoverall is very good.A 7/10 from me.
Kids have a different mind set then adults and watching this movie ican seriously see that. This movie is trying to be funny, it is tryingto be cute. The characters are one dimensional, and the voices of ZacEfron and Taylor Swift are cast just because they are famous and cansing.The creators fail to make any emotional connection with the audienceand think everyone is a 3 year old movie viewer,"forgetting" thatparents have to watch this because they pay for the ticket. Openingsong number was dreadful and embarrassing, and so where the othersongs. They where apparently putt in there to fill in movie time.This movie is more a look what we can do with CGI and 3D, now pay up.
Allow me to start out by saying that this film is by no means amasterpiece in animation. Though what it lacks in animated finesse, itmore than makes up for in character depth, storyline and moral. Peoplewill always say and i quote "it is forcing us to protect theenvironment and enforcing an opinion on us, one we don't wish to have".Others claim and once again i quote "It is brainwashing our kidsminds". Those are quite arrogant and backward stances to take in myopinion. These days anything with heart and educational content and amoral that is important is considered a brainwashing tactic byHollywood. And violence and depravity is considered ground breaking incinema. Well everyone is entitled to an opinion i guess.This film showcases real issues in a fictional but effective way.Greed, corruption, mindless following of authority figures, capitalism,environmental decay and degradation and its effect on wildlife andpeople too jaded to realize what is going on. The hard hitting truth.An attempt to awaken and educate a new generation but with fun and abeautifully told, very exciting story.Now back to the film. If you have a preconceived prejudiced opinion orif you don't believe in environmental conservation and educating thekids who are the next generation then you probably won't enjoy it. Ifmoral messages in film make you feel opinions are being shoved downyour throat, it is not for you. However if you enjoy good funanimation, great songs, a good moral and a touching story that in theend may just have you in tears then i suggest you try it out. It isvery worthwhile. These days it is great to see educational and powerful messages beingput into animated films since movies are the prime source ofentertainment. It is a great way to get messages, educational andmoral, out there since now reading books is even becoming a thing ofthe past among most youth. As i said: THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. And allin all is a fun film, that is meant to teach our kids, the nextgeneration, that it starts with you. It has a grave and very factualmessage that some will not appreciate. The cast and voice acting is wonderful. Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, TaylorSwift, Betty White, Ed Helms, Jenny Slate and Rob Riggle were reallygreat in their respective voiced roles. The animation is really vividand feels like an explosive burst of color. Very imaginative. Fun songstoo. When i saw it in the cinema months ago, the girl next to me waseven singing along. I think this was her second watch. I especiallyliked how the towns folk would always join in like a flashmob, singingand dancing. As i have said, great message and the last scene may haveyou tearing up. Fun, action packed, thrilling, great music and a greatstory. A 10/10 in my books. Though many shall disagree as it iscertainly not for everyone.
I'm a little dumbstruck as to why the ratings for "The Lorax" are solow. I usually decide on which movies to watch based on their IMDbratings, and so unfortunately only got around to watching it a coupleof days ago. In a number of reviews I had read previously, there weresmacks of political overtones, blah, blah, blah. Are you serious?! Take the movies at face value and enjoy it! The songs were brilliant,the plot was fast-moving and didn't allow for a dull moment. I watchedit with my 4-year-old daughter, and she has an eye for good movies. Shewatched "The Lorax" for the 5th time yesterday. I like bloody TV series like Dexter, the overly sarcastic "DoctorHouse" and the sexually explicit "Game of Thrones"... and I absolutelylove(d) "The Lorax". Give me more of the same. It was freaking funny,entertaining and endearing all in one.Put aside your preconceived socio political notions and what you thinkthe movie should be about... and watch it for its entertainment value.Nothing more, nothing less.
This is a movie for children, as evidenced by the lazy CGI graphic, themoronic or ridiculously exaggerated facial expressions, the occasionalbouts of singing in the middle of the plot and, of course, all the dumbclichÃ©s of our times! Let me enumerate some of them: Nature is good,technology is evil. Children and grandmothers are "cool" while workingparents are not so. Business men and the economic ideas in general areevil (this much is true, but still...). Good people are smart andlively, bad people are idiots. Anything fluffy is good, too. I could goon and on.The bottom line is that this is a film for three year olds or somethinglike that, and maybe they would enjoy it. I, however, feel thatchildren must be smarter than this, so my inner child can't help butfeel offended by this soulless and dumbing monstrosity.
Dr. Seuss movies don't typically do very well. How the Grinch StoleChristmas was a box office smash, but not well received by critics. Ireally like that movie. A few years later, the unholy mess The Cat inthe Hat was released with similar results. Even Horton Hears a Who wasmixed.The latest of his works to be adapted is The Lorax, one of his bestworks which was basically a story about how a money hungry mystery mannamed The Once-ler destroyed a beautiful place for money. It, Ibelieve, was meant to symbolize how people are destroying the rainforest, and Seuss was trying to get his point across.The Lorax has some good qualities. The animation itself is very brightand colorful, the actors, which include Danny Devito as the title role,Zac Efron as a kid who wants to plant a tree to impress a girl, and EdHelms as The Once-ler, are all well casted. And it's a good way tospend your afternoon.But, there's the cons. It doesn't really stay true to Seuss himself,missing a lot of Seuss language that was in his books and the otherfilms. It doesn't rhyme. Also, a lot of the book is missing, it felt tome. There's a lot of new material here, some of it good, some, well,sort of dumb.My biggest problem is The Once-ler character. I like how they gave hima back story. But with Ed Helms at The Once-ler's goofy reins, he turnsa really adorable character into a bad guy; an aspiring entrepreneurinto a money hungry legend. I don't know, but they shouldn't have madehim so nice.Overall, The Lorax isn't a bad movie. I prefer The Grinch and HortonHears a Who, but it works for what it is. I'm not saying you shouldrush to go see it, but it's a nice escape. Especially when compared toThe Cat in the Hat.B-
The town of Thneed-Ville is made up of plastic, literary. There's nograss, no trees, etc. The town's mayor O'Hare (Rob Riggle) loves to spyon his fellow citizens and does not let them to get out of the city.Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron) is an eighth grader who happens to be in lovewith Audrey (Taylor Swift), who is in high school. She is a naturalistand wants to see a real tree. Ted just can't resist after all he is inlove people. Grandma Nora (Betty White) tells Ted to see Once-ler (EdHelms) because he is the only person who knows the trees better thananybody else. He goes out of town and visits Once-ler, but hepsychically can't see him due to the fact that he locks himself up fora good reason. He tells the story about the encounter with the Lorax(Danny DeVito) who is the guardian of the trees and nature.The Lorax animation has resembles of Dr. Seuss' drawing, which is niceto see. The film has talented voice actors, partially Betty White, whodelivers the best dialogue and has most of the humor. The animals arecute, practically the cubbies, however one thing that bugs me is thatthe fishes walks in the grass, which is awkward to see, but then againthis is a kid's movie, which I let it slide. The Lorax does delivergood humor and good jokes. The last half of the movie focuses with reallife issues about the environment. I do understand about theenvironmental protection issues, but at the same time I was alreadylecture about the issue I'm not saying its bad, what I'm trying to sayhere is that it was pointless in my opinion, but once again this is akids movie and they need to understand the issue. None of the musicalis memorable because it's not great compare to some of Disney classicsthat I grew up. Plus it didn't catch my attentionOverall The Lorax is cute and funny to watch. While some will be touchabout the environment themes, others will simply be annoy by it becausewere already taught by it. In the end The Lorax is simply entertainingand it is worth seeing.B-