Last week I posted the Dr. Seuss The Lorax Activity Sheet and told you that my review was coming soon. The film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today (August 7th) from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. So, I thought it would be a great time to share my thoughts with you on it. It is based on
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.
Take a peek at the adorable trailer here…
It is directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who), so I was interested in watching this film adaptation since I loved and posted my Despicable Me Movie Review. I am also a fan of Dr. Suess stories (who isn’t). I figured it would at least be something new and entertaining to watch. I will admit that I ended up watching this film by myself late one night. Does that make me a kid (at heart)?
Nonetheless, I found myself enjoying the film. I thought the story line was cute. The future depicted in this movie reminded me a little of Wall-E because people have destroyed the land. Thankfully, there is once again a happy ending as the earth is able to save itself by planting a new seed. I thought the characters were lovable enough and the imagery was fabulous. I love the trees in this movie. They are so fun and colorful. I also liked the random addition of marshmallows in the beginning.
There is something for everyone in this film. I think that children will enjoy the colorfulness of the film and the characters. I think adults will appreciate the voices of actors we all know (Danny DeVito is the Lorax, Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, “The Office”) is the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School Musical, The Lucky One, 17 Again) as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy® Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Big Miracle) as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, “SNL”) as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy® Award winner Betty White (The Proposal, “Hot in Cleveland”) as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.). Plus, the release features 3 never-before-seen mini movies to provide even more entertainment.
Overall, I think this is a good film. I like the characters and the actors. The plot is a little predictable, but it is a children’s movie that is based on a Dr. Suess book, so that’s to be expected. Have you seen The Lorax yet? What did you think of it?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Lorax. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.