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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Chris Renaud

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Plot Summary

The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

54%
  • Reviews Counted: 147
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 68
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm-for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successfully reproduce a humble artist's line. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Mar 2, 2012

Rotten: May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Mar 19, 2012

Fresh: This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors. – Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, Mar 2, 2012

Fresh: Amidst all the padding and razzle-dazzle 3D CGI, the Lorax himself and his grumpy admonitions are pushed to the margins - but the Once-ler's musical number 'How Bad Can I Be?' operates as an anthem for the self-serving, cynical casuistry of our own times. – Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, Jul 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews

A DELIGHTFUL ANIMATED ROMP!

"The Lorax" is the kind of family-friendly film that young viewers will love no matter what. The animation is bright and colorful, the music is catchy and upbeat, and the all-star voice work is undeniably impressive. It's a great film to entertain the little ones. However, coming from the perspective of a lifelong Dr. Seuss fan, "The Lorax" is a bit of a mild disappointment when compared to the book it's inspired by. For one, there's the overly stretched narrative, which can often be too confusing and hyperactive to follow along with, even for those who know the classic tale by heart. The added subplot does little to the main story other than introduce a new cast of characters that are either too cutesy or underdeveloped to remember. Even the very heart of the book (its foreboding, yet significant eco-friendly message) has almost been completely over-glossed by the flick's incessant production values and heavy-handed writing formulas. The moral is still there, but there's no delicacy or simplicity to it. It's presented mostly through song in a very preachy and rather awkward way that feels more forced than poignant. But beyond all its minor issues, there are still plenty of things worth praising about "The Lorax". Ed Helms is simply fantastic as the voice of the Once-ler. He brings so much life and energy to the character, while making him surprisingly relatable and sympathetic at the same time. Danny DeVito is also pretty fun to watch as the Lorax, even though he doesn't appear quite as often in the film as I would've hoped. Additionally, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Betty White are equally enjoyable as the supporting voice cast, especially White, who knocks it out of the ballpark with her role as a spunky grandma. Not to mention the songs are delightfully catchy and the visuals are incredibly lush and vibrant. You can really tell the animators did their best to stick as faithfully to Dr. Seuss' signature artwork as possible. As a whole, "The Lorax" is a mixed bag of sorts. On one hand, it's a beautifully animated movie full of fun music and charming characters. But then again, it often has a difficult time capturing the innocence and purity of the source material it's based upon. Overall, though, I'd say this is a fun little flick for the whole family that's worth seeing at least once.

Great

Loved the movie, I keep watching it. For all the people complaining about it being too political, get over it. That was Dr. Suess' point of the book, and it came across in this movie. It just reminds people to care about the environment or someday there will be nothing left of it, it's a little pushy in its delivery at times, but it was still a fun movie with lots of laughs and many different underlying themes. I think Dr. Suess would have approved. If you complain about the themes in this movie, then you are not a Dr. Suess fan and we wouldn't be friends anyway, so go be sad somewhere else.

Good Movie,Ridiculous Price

I love the movie and it is awesome I seen it in theaters but it has a big price. :(

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2012

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