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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 2012

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes this spectacular Dr. Seuss adventure about a twelve-year-old boy searching for The Lorax: a grumpy, but charming creature who speaks for the trees.

Starring:
Danny DeVito, Ed Helms
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Animated
Director Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Starring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms
Supporting actors Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad, Joel Swetow, Michael Beattie, Dave B. Mitchell, Dempsey Pappion, Elmarie Wendel, Danny Cooksey, Stephen Tobolowsky, Chris Renaud, Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, John Cygan, Debi Derryberry
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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Got this one after being pestered by Daughter and glad I did as is a really funny film with great 3d, far better than a lot of the so called 3d films.
Dr Seuss films seem to transfer well to film so am now hoping for some more. Green eggs and ham would be good.
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We have watched this film so much with our 2 year old, we all love it!

You will end up singing the songs :)

Dr.Seuss would be proud I'm sure, although there are a few lines from the book that didn't make it in that I though would have been better if they were in.
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Not ashamed to say that at 30 years old I have watched this movie myself a few times now. Still quite funny and an easy watch. Originally bought it to test my 3D TV and was plesantly surprised at the quality of the 3D effects in this movie, definitely improves the viewing quality of the movie. For the peanuts it costs I definitely recommend this movie to absolutely everyone.
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By Chappers TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2013
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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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