Ted Wiggins (Efron) lives in the artificial city called Thneed-Ville where everything is made out of plastic, apart from the citizens, and where fresh air is bought from O’Hare Air. His dream is to win over the affection of Audrey (Swift), whose biggest wish is to see a real living tree. Ted’s very cool granny (White) suggests that he goes and speak to the Once-ler (Helms) who lives outside of town – which is of course out of bounds. The Once-ler agrees to tell Ted his story and how he came to know the Lorax (DeVito) – a very annoying, yet charming, little orange creature who is the protector of the forest. What began as Ted’s dream to impress Audrey changes into a personal mission to remind his fellow citizens of the importance of nature.
Wacky, weird and wonderful. What else could you expect form a Dr Seuss film? The creatures from Lorax’s world are ridiculously cute, especially the fluffy bears, and the trees look like candy floss you just want to stuff into your face. The musical numbers are delightful and catchy, just a pity we don’t hear any singing from Efron and Swift. Animation wise, everything is created to it’s last detail and the bright colours add to the wacky-ness that is Dr Seuss. It’s magical. It’s colourful. It’s a dream world.
But reality hits hard when the environmental message is carried over. That is the thing about Dr Seuss, underneath all the fun and playfulness, the story always has a bigger meaning and a valuable lesson it wantsto teach us. Like for instance How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who! It’s great, but predictable and not something new.
If you are a kid, or a kid by heart, you will find this entertaining, funny, joyful and exciting. I recommend this to any animation and Dr Seuss lover.
Starring (the voices of): Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms and Betty White
Directed by: Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family and Musical
Release Date: 2 March 2012
This movie is also available in 3D.