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Dr Seuss' The Lorax [DVD] [2012]
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2012
So we went to the cinema, with nothing on that we wanted to watch. Dr Seuss' The Lorax looked like an alright film, although the trailers and the title didn't appeal to us. Nevertheless, we went to watch it anyway.

At first, I thought it was going to have an extremely poor storyline that would drag on just to use up the 90-minute norm length for films these days. However, it was quite interesting. A boy, trying to impress a girl who wants to have a real tree (sorry, I forgot to explain that they are living in a highly polluted town where they have machines that produce clean air and where all the trees are either inflatable or mechanical). To get a real tree, the boy needs to go and find the only man who knows what happened to them (yes, I know, doesn't sound the best).

As the story develops, we learn more about just what happened to everything. It all builds up and the pieces of the puzzle slot together until you know the truth. It is entirely true that this story could be told in under 10 or 15 minutes, but the full 90 minutes include the tiny details. The town is very much alive and living, with song and dance throughout, but the people living there do not understand the importance of trees (as they follow the manufacturer of bottled air who is totally against the things that 'stick out of the ground, with no purpose and leave messy leaves all over the place').

The film also contains an aspect of humour - not too cheesy, just enough to keep you interested in the film whilst thinking about the true seriousness of it. Entertaining and well-thought, this film is great for the whole family, so see it now! Forget about the title that puts you off and the poor trailers. 9/10 and a big moral. Remember - UNLESS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
In the age of Hollywood's seeming endless films aimed against greed, consumerism, and environmental destruction, "The Lorax" is not to be outdone. Unlike the other films with hidden messages, this one is very direct. The voice of Danny Devito and Betty White made the film very special as you can see them in those roles. The film incorporates some of the original Dr. Seuss poetry to convey the message, but doesn't bog down the film with it as to lose the target audience who may not enjoy it as much as we did when we read the original first edition hard covers in the third grade.

The story is about the Once-ler (what's in a name? Ed Helms) who cuts down all the trees and at times looking like Elton John playing the Pinball Wizard. He did this to make the Thneed (a versatile Huggie) that no one wanted until a pretty girl wore one. Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron) wants to obtain a tree because the pretty redhead Audry (Taylor Swift) wants one. Sort of like Brad Pitt suddenly caring about hungry third world kids. There are musical numbers and numerous messages about consumer marketing, greed, bottled water, and the environment. SNL's Nasim Pedrad did the voice of the Once-ler's mom, reminding me of the grandmother in the old Carol Burnett series.

Perhaps the best message of the film is that individuals can make a difference. As an adult I enjoyed the film.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
Better than it looks this one. It may not go down as a classic,but with a good message about things we really should care more about,this film does it's job well.
It's basicly about a boy trying to find a tree for a place that has none,the reasons given as the story goes on. It's well thought out with good voice overs and some really good songs,including a very catchy one near the end. I'm a grown man and i really got into the characters and liked what they were teaching,all this done with nice images and beautiful colours,good job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
This is a really good film, the children enjoyed it again and again! A film all the family can enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
Well went to the cinema me, hubby and both our kids who have never been before, well my 2 have never sat still for that long all 4 of us loved the film great mix for all the family and can not wait until it comes out on DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 18 April 2015
I was surprised by how much I liked this movie! It's a bit heavy on the "here's the moral of the story, kids" side, teaching of the importance of preserving our forests and the natural world, but I think it's an important message and am happy to see it taught so cleverly through a fun and entertaining movie targeted at children who can then be inspired to take this message to heart and help make the world a better place.

It's a story set in a brightly coloured, highly imaginative world with likeable characters and a healthy sprinkle of humour. There are a few nice songs in there too (although most are not too memorable, but enjoyable nonetheless). Most of all I liked its message that's hit home in the final scene - which was so touching that it literally brought a tear to my eye. :')
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I have liked Dr Seuss stories from a young age and have been drawn to every adaptation based on his many creative tales. I tend to prefer the animated ones over the live-action ones, and very often the sheer peculiarity of the stories and their characters makes the choice of being animated almost default.

Fortunately, The Lorax is an animated adaptation of Dr Seuss's tale about a town that had all-but forgotten what actual trees were, and were living out their lives in an almost Orwellian bubble of plastic existence and buying bottles of 'air' from an overbearing corporation. Granted, the 'trees' in the story don't visually resemble what we know as trees, but you get the point. The lead character ventures out to try to find out what went on, and in doing so learns about how previous generations exploited the trees and didn't value their worth to both to nature and the environment as a whole.

Ultimately, the story ends nicely, and you are left with a feeling that very often occurs with most Dr Seuss stories, in that in reality this is a fable not just a story, in that there are moral lessons to be learned. We do need more trees and shouldn't take this planet's natural resources for granted. The Woodland Trust ran some Lorax promotions during this film's launch to try to encourage more tree-planting and increased awareness, but I wonder how many people just view films such as these as pure Hollywood fantasy without realising the connection to the real world and the differences we can each make to the environment.

A great film which the family will enjoy, but remembering the lessons that fables try to teach us would stay true to Dr Seuss's philosophies, and that can easily get lost under the Hollywood sheen.
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on 24 February 2013
This review is based on a rental of the movie, and not a purchase of the DVD.

The Lorax is based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same title. Having not read the book I'm unable to draw comparisons. The film itself is well put together with engaging animation and a witty script. The plot is simple, but effective. The story predominantly focuses on the `Once-ler', a once young man heading out into the world to make his fortune. After great commercial success but with devastating environmental consequences, the Once-ler fades into obscurity not being able to sustain a business without the materials provided by the very natural resource that has now all but gone. Cue, a love struck boy desperate to impress a girl and on his grandmothers advice, heads out to meet the Once-ler to find the last Truffla tree, which is now a thing of legends. This sub-story does help the narrative move, but can occasionally distract from the more meaningful messages.

The narrative does draw on some, now clichéd, stylistic conventions such as singing fish and squeaky nonsensical (but nevertheless humorous) characters. If you think along the lines of the slugs from Flushed Away and the yellow creatures from Despicable Me, you'll be along the right lines.

This is a film which is surprisingly complex, with messages potentially much more powerful than the glossy animation would lead you to initially believe. There are certainly some views on capitalism and the necessity of corporate responsibility, two modern themes for a story which dates back to the early 1970s.

The over laden message throughout the film is that one should take more responsibility to ensure that society and our natural environment is sustainable. It takes a sideways glance at how consumerism is fuelled by social expectation and the need to retain a status through trend setting and moreover, conformity. Although these messages have a lot of value and ones we'd all do well to follow more stringently, it can feel a bit like a sledge-hammer by the end. Nevertheless, a feel good film which offers an opportunity for self-reflection and an encouraging (almost) educational message for younger children which may spark their curiosity of how they might help protect their environment. Surely, this can't be a bad thing. At its heart this film has a good message of hope and redemption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
We got this film for our little boy who loves the lorax film, but we found that it was quite short and not as interesting as we thought it would be, but still, the little ones liked it, so that is the main thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
This film is a film I wish more people would take to heart. the message is a good one and at the same time entertaining.
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