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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | March 21, 2012 | Add Comments

2 stars

Ted lives in a world without nature.  Everything is plastic, nothing is organic.  But when Ted’s girlfriend says what she really wants is a tree,Ted becomes determined to find one. Ted’s grandmother tells him in order to find a tree, he must go on a journey to find the Onceler. Ted learns the story of the Lorax and decides to change his town.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, and now Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax have all been made into feature films. The new film is the first 3-D Suess film and with voices by Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny Devito, Ed Helms, and Betty White, The Lorax is surprisingly not enjoyable.  The real reason why this film isn’t going to stand the test of time, is simple: the message Suess displays in the original book gets lost in the (mostly) forgettable musical numbers and added characters who aren’t very interesting. Even the character of the Lorax differs from the book; in the film he becomes more of a comic relief. The “that’s a woman” joke is so unSeussian that I wish the Despicable Me crew sent this to Pixar. Imagine a John Lasseter directed Lorax with John Ratzenberger as the Lorax. Okay, maybe give Ratzenberger a smaller part, but it would still be better than this version.Why didn’t I give this zero stars? There are redeeming qualities but nothing in the film is above good. The only redeeming quality the 3-D adds is that it doesn’t distract from the story because it does so little. It doesn’t even get in your face! I think that’s where the film comes short. I don’t need 3-D in my face, but I do want the message to be evident. The story and message don’t tear out your eyes to aware you to stop cutting down trees, instead fans of the book (like me) are rewarded with unmemorable songs and low quality entertainment. So in the end I wish The Lorax did come in my face; if only the story was right in front of me. As Dr Seuss might have said: the film is so poor and it’s mostly a bore.

My favorite character is the Onceler because I liked seeing the different characteristics he had during his life shown in the film.

My favorite scene is when the Lorax, the bears and the fish put the Onceler in the river while he’s in his bed, because of the Mission Impossible theme rendition, the original music and the textured CG.

The Lorax is rated PG for some mild language and brief rude humor.  If only the one swear was cut (I don’t know which humor was rude), then it could have been G.

The Lorax is great for younger kids, but serious Dr. Seuss fans will be disappointed.

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