Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart that USA Today’s Claudia Puig calls, “The right blend of funny, silly, and sweet.”
Danny DeVito lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, the remarkable creature who “speaks for the trees,” with Ed Helms as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy® Award winner Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy® Award winner Betty White as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.
One of the best-selling children’s book authors of all time, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel created more than 40 cherished books that have been published in 95 countries and 17 different languages, selling more than half a billion books worldwide. The Lorax, which Geisel named his favorite work, is included on the “Educator’s All Time Top 20 List of Children’s Books.”
The Lorax is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books and I have read it to my kids countless times. We also have the older version of the movie that follows the book. When I first saw the previews to the new Lorax movie it looked really cute, but I was worried that it wouldn’t stay true to the story. It completely surprised me! I should have known since it is from the creators of Despicable Me, one of my favorite animated movies of all time! Danny Devito did a fantastic job playing the Lorax. It’s almost like the character was written for him! Taylor Swift and Zac Efron definitely did not disappoint either. We all had our favorite parts. My boys loved the raining marshmallows and think it would be a dream come true for them to come down instead of rain during our next monsoon! My girls thought Audrey was so pretty and they loved her house. I couldn’t get over the amount of detail in everything, from the scenery to each little threads on the trees. It was amazing! It felt like I was able to step inside Dr. Seuss’ imagination for 86 minutes! After watching the movie, I was able to explain to my kids a little bit about taking care of the world we live in and what will happen if we don’t. I think after seeing If you like The Lorax, it was a easy for them to comprehend. After seeing The Lorax, be sure to check out the soundtrack. Your kids will love it!
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is rated PG for brief mild language. It can be purchased on Amazon or your favorite retailer. The DVD retails for $19.98 and the Blu-ray Combo Pack retails for $24.98 (ARV).
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