Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.

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The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he 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. -- (C) Universal
Rating:
PG (for brief mild language)
Genre:
Animation , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$213,949,505.00
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Cast

Bill Farmer
as Additional Voices
Debi Derryberry
as Additional Voices
Danny DeVito
as The Lorax
Laraine Newman
as Additional Voices
Danny Mann
as Additional Voices
Jack Angel
as Additional Voices
Betty White
as Grammy Norma
Jess Harnell
as Additional Voices
Danny Cooksey
as Brett/Chet
Chris Renaud
as Forest Animals
Dempsey Pappion
as 2nd Commercial Guy
Bob Bergen
as Additional Voices
Taylor Swift
as Audrey
Ed Helms
as The Once-ler
Mona Marshall
as Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn
as Additional Voices
Rob Riggle
as Mr. O'Hare
Jim Ward
as Additional Voices
Elmarie Wendel
as Aunt Grizelda
Michael Beattie
as 2nd Marketing Guy
Joel Sweto
as 1st Marketing Guy
Jan Rabson
as Additional Voices
Mickie T. McGowan
as Additional Voices
John Cygan
as Additional Voices
Dave B. Mitchell
as 1st Commercial Guy
Nasim Pedrad
as Once-ler's Mom
Jenny Slate
as Ted's Mom
Claira Nicole Titman
as Additional Voices
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Critic Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (33)

About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss's visual wit.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

Full Review… | March 18, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda have filled every scene with funny-looking (or sounding) characters, sight gags, and one-liners to provide constant distraction.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Director Chris Renaud and his team have fun with these dithery, frenetic characters. The film is less special when it slows down and takes a breath of fresh air.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

The badness of the picture is a shock.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

½

Based extremely loosely on the Dr Seuss story of the same name and as usual with Hollywood they have fudged it all up. The story is an environmental one, an eco plot if you will about the effects of cutting down trees. Put simply (just like the original book did) there is a small town which is gloomy and polluted. The reason for this is because all the trees were chopped down to mass market 'thneeds' by the one they call 'Once-ler'. Once-ler tells a young boy the whole story of how he destroyed all the trees to create his thneeds and ignored the advice and warnings of the Lorax, guardian of the trees. Once-ler regrets his actions and gives the young boy a tree seed to plant so that trees may return as well as the Lorax. There is a bit more to it but that is the basic premise. So what does Hollywood do you ask? well do you really need to ask? I'm sure you can all guess but I'll tell you anyway. Hollywood strips the story down and refits it with tripe filler and made up characters to fill out a decent length run time. Throw in some ridiculous vehicle chase sequences, cliched slapstick and jokes and some hideous musical numbers and there you have it, typical Hollywood trash. Now I will admit the film looks lovely, full of bright bold colours, its cheerful, light-hearted and with some nice CGI animation. BUT the lesson has been diluted and cluttered by fancy ass visuals and 'action' sequences. Yes there is still a nice message within the film, the finale shows what can be done if they jettison the crapola but that's only about a 3 minute sequence out of an entire film! I simply cannot understand why they thought to create new characters! The new character Aloysius O'Hare is REALLY annoying too, he just looks annoying, making him short...yeah that's not funny. I realise they needed to fill the story to reach a reasonable film run time but if that can't be done then don't do it. Maybe try another route, don't just make a whole load of stuff up! Once-ler was suppose to be faceless, a boogieman like equivalent of modern faceless companies/corporations that destroy nature for their gain. You can't uproot that, that's the whole point! The world where this takes place isn't named, plus it isn't some bright, colourful, 'Willy Wonka' type place with fancy technology!! I see what they did with that sure, but why?? stop changing the whole premise!! it all looks like something outta 'Despicable Me'. Of course we don't know how Seuss would take to it but I'm pretty sure the original fable wasn't meant to include futuristic vehicles, buildings, Once-ler playing guitar, airship things and some god awful songs including the now obligatory hip hop pop song for the final credits which happens for almost all kids films now (more manufactured faceless nobodies singing forgettable songs that will fade into obscurity as quickly as they appeared). I like the fact that Hollywood has tried to put across a good message...of sorts. I'm sure they are more concerned about another franchise to milk that will rake in the moolah but the initial positive effort is there. If only this could of been done more down to earth, with a little more sense towards the source material and maybe in a different media (stop motion would have been nice, Selick directing perhaps?). At the end of the day its merely been mutated into another flashy, churned out, in your face CGI flick (in 3D...ugh!). How ironic, a polluted vision of Dr Seuss' simple little tale, such a shame. Ignore this, stick to the original book or 1972 TV special, don't deny your children these.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

He he he!

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

Another good story from Dr. Seuss. Good movie for kids, but still makes adult person to realize something.

UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

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