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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Animated) Movie Review – Year 2012



Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Animated)

Cast : Voices of Zac Efron, Tayloy Swift, Danny Devito, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle

Direction : Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda

Language : English

Duration : 1 hour 26 minutes

 

Summary: In a tailor made town lives 12 year old Ted who is head over heels in love with Audrey.  He just cannot take his eyes off her and intends to gift her what is next to impossible. This is the story in a nutshell to begin with.

You need not necessarily be 12 or under 12 to enjoy this fun and laughter filled movie situated in the town of Thneedville.  The message that the movie is trying to send out is to plant trees and save the environment.  Indeed a tall order in the real world, but not so in the animated world.  The movie is portrayed very well and full credit to the American writer and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel (popularly known as Dr. Seuss)

Getting back to the movie, Ted loves Audrey very deeply and would anything for her, until one day she expresses her wish to see a real, live tree.  Now this is next to impossible in Thneedville as forget real trees, even air is sold in bottles.  But our charming and cute hero, has to grant his girl love’s wishes and so sets out to find a real live tree and in the process is gifted the seed of the Trufulla tree by Onceler.  It is here not only the tweeny Ted is made aware, but even we are made aware what would happen to this world if it were to be without any trees.

The script of the movie follows Dr. Seuss’s pictorial children’s book of the same name.  The movie has it emotional moments, when we watch the last tree being felled and see the beautiful creatures trying to migrate to a land where trees are neither cut nor felled.  It was an indeed poignant and heartfelt moment in the movie. However, before you get dishearted, the movie has it bright and funny moments too, when marshmallows rain down.  Zac Efron aptly lent his voice to Ted making him come across as a happy go lucky youth, with Taylor Swift doing the honors for Audrey.

Ed Helm’s voice as Onceler provides a good mix of the good guy turned bad and again turned food.  The authoritative guardian of the forest Lorax is given a voice over by the very talented Danny Devito.

 

The movie maintains a good balance of the past when there were tree and the present where the trees have disappeared due to rampant cutting and felling.  The movie’s highlights of the past are when there are so many trees that even the Humming fish are humming all over and Thneedville is full of Brown Barbaloots playing shade.  Cut to the present, with trees having disappeared from the face of this charming now, it is now flooded with shopping malls, hi-tech roads, and parking lots.

The animation could have been a lot more better.  Except of Lomax, all others don’t seem to make much of an impact.  When animation is a medium of sending across a message, it is very important to ensure it is effective or else the message is lost.  The filmmakers knew what message they wanted to give, but alas did not know how to go about giving.

I would rate it 3 stars out of 5.  A one time watch film if there are no other options.

 

 

 

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