Dr Seuss' The Lorax


Dr Seuss' The Lorax

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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


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

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (72)

  • It stinks.

    Jul 27, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.

    Jul 26, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 26, 2012
  • 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.

    Jul 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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

    Mar 19, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

  • Jun 03, 2018
    Just not for me. This Lorax is almost all filler. The message is still there, but it's lost under a tidal wave of meh.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    Enjoyed The Lorax very much. A bit of a slow start with an equally obtuse cheesy ending and ultimately it's the intersecting story of the beanpole and his desire to be successful, whilst being surrounded by all-too-cute animals, that keeps the eye on the ball. The outer narrative works, though only, as a gateway into the inner message which is...We thneed trees! Thoroughly well made!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2016
    As far as animations go this was pretty basic and poor, Bery predictable and the fact that the name sake is hardly in it makes it pretty boring and a big let down, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version but it might of been pretty good, With a big voice cast I expected so much better but ends up ruining a good classic.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2013
    While everybody in Steedville wears a bowler hat and always carries an umbrella(sorry, couldn't resist), Thneedville is composed entirely of plastic. Audrey, an artist, so very much wants to see a real tree that she promises to marry whoever can find one for her. Enheartened, Ted is told by his grandmother to go to the Once-ler beyond the city walls for more information. Once there, Ted learns about his seeking to make his fortune and first meeting with the Lorax, the guardian of the forest. In its own entertaining way, "The Lorax" makes a genial case for small scale capitalism and environmentalism while warning about the dangers of marshmallow addiction and being ahead of the curve and even Glenn Greenwald on the subject of the national security state. And while I recall the stories of Dr. Seuss generally had a moral, this adaptation is not exactly what one would consider subtle. However, even with musical numbers, this is nowhere near as annoying as the average episode of "Glee." That all having been said, the computer animation on display cannot come close to replicating the old school charm of it being drawn by hand.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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