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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 h... read more read more...e 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

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DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012

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  • November 6, 2013
    He he he!
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    May 5, 2013
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    Another good story from Dr. Seuss. Good movie for kids, but still makes adult person to realize something.
  • January 29, 2013
    "The Lorax", colorfully animated and wonderfully exuberant, does a great job conveying a Dr. Seuss-esque world, but like always, Hollywood always needs to dumb down the main core of what made the source material such a classic: the message. Instead, Hollywood has managed to fluff... read more the presentation and everything about its style to, altogether, cater to "children's needs". The book, undoubtedly, does a better job, but nevertheless, this film isn't too bad. It's a good time, but I recommend reading the book to your children first before watching an above-average Dr. Seuss adaptation.
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    November 17, 2012
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    Talk about bad storytelling, the plot was split down the middle with little to no encompassing relationships. The Lorax played little to no role, the protagonist and his quest for "love" is about as real as the trees littered in the city of whateverthefuck. The theme is delivered... read more with such... heavy handed simplicity you can't help but feel like patronized. (especially after seeing it done so well with Wall-e)

    The music? Forgettable. I'm also embarrassed for the attempted "awe" factor with all the annoyingly voiced forest animals.

    All in all I feel sorry for the talented animation/art team that had to work on this piece of crap.
  • October 30, 2012
    "Meh. That was my first thoughts as the ending credits started rolling. I was under the assumption it was going to be much funnier than it was. I guess that's what happens when they put all the funny moments in the trailers. Oh well. I did think it was cute though. I think Taylor... read more and Zac did a good job. I won't lie, I fell asleep more than once. So perhaps I am not someone who can fairly judge the film on it's entirety. But I got most of it. So take away what you will from these thoughts of mine. It could have been better and I could have tried harder to stay awake. But neither happened. So that's all."
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    August 27, 2012
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    Dr. Seuss movies don't really translate to movies as well as they probably could. "Grinch" was ok, and "Cat in the Hat" was down right terrible. Here the "Lorax" is in the middle. The animation is fantastic, and the characters voices are done good. But the story is a bit mudd... read moreled with kind of an abrupt ending. Actually this could have been called something like "Saving the Trees", because the Lorax is more of a background character. Movie is about a city where all the trees are fake. A girl asks a boy to get her a real tree, and he sets out to find one. On his journey he comes across the Once-Ler who tells him the story of the Lorax, and things go from there. Kids will probably love this, and may even want to plant a tree. But adults will do a lot of eye rolling, and looking at their watches. I've seen much, much worse. But, if you want to enjoy an animated movie with your children, then you can do better. Still worth a watch, and maybe over time it could grow on me. But for now, it just didn't work for me.
  • August 4, 2012
    Dear God this was yet another appalling kids film that talks down to "our future". This is such a huge pile of disgusting drivel I don't even know where to begin. The Lorax sees a town that lives in a huge bubble where everything is made of plastic. One boy goes out to find a rea... read morel tree so he can bang some chick. He comes across The Once-Ler, theman responsible for the lack of trees who proceeds to tell him the tale of where they all went. The animation is colourful but surprisingly dull. All the characters look so tacky and cheap. I couldn't be absorbed at all. The film treats children like idiots, with obnoxious Alvin and the Chipmunk sound-alike fish and entire scenes with no purpose but to make the kids go "OOOOOH" at the 3D. This wouldn't be all that bad (well it would), but the film also has a serious message that it wants you to consider. Can you have it both ways? The original TV short and the book are charming which helps with the heavy handed message. The film also makes a huge mistake in introducing a ridiculous comedic antagonist. The film doesn't need one. WE should be the antagonists and forced to face the state of the world. By making some guy control the air itlets us completely off the hook. We also have characters such as the 'cool' granny to just make sure any attempts at comedy die where they stand. The songs are some of the most dreadful, both lyrically and musically that I've ever heard. You wouldn't believe some of the things they try and get away with. Finally, the narrative structure is a mess. Not surprising based on the length of the book. The original story was told to us, by giving this role to an actual character (who is only doing it for a girl) it once again undermines the story, as does the happy ending. I don't have to do anything now as the story was resolved. It's painful to see things like this happen to great stories. Watch a beautiful animation with a message in Wall-E.
  • July 26, 2012
    Much, much better then I was expecting. Great for kids, fun for adults. Fun for all ages. A must see family movie.

    Making a movie for this short story was definitely a major risk-taker, but the producers, in my mind, achieved every aspect of the story we grew know and love. The ... read moreanimation was spot on, both realistic and playful. Designs was everything Dr. Seuss, from the strange shaped buildings to harmonizing goldfish. The characters were wonderful, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift delivering very believable scenes, despite the odd pairing. I've seen many negative reviews for this movie, but keep in mind that this film was aiming at a younger audience, but it is still excellent for the older crowd. It is a major environmental film that proves the harsh reality of human brutality, a very controversial topic even today. Also, movies like these are usually taken differently by various viewers, but as long as you don't compare the movie to the original story of The Lorax, this new adaption is actually very good. It has its moments of humor, romance, music, suspense, and morality, and is a definite crowd pleaser. Go see it, I recommended it.

    In the town of Thneedville, a walled city, everything is artificial even the trees. And the air is provided by the O'Hare Corporation for a price. Ted, a young man who likes a girl named Audrey who wants to see a real tree. And thinking that if he can find it will win her affections. So he talks to his mother and grand mother about it and his grandmother tells him to seek out someone called The Once-ler, which he does. He asks The Once-ler what happened to the trees, he tells Ted that it began when he wanted to create something he called Thneed. So he set out to find the material he needs to make it. And when he comes across a forest with trees with the most beautiful leaves, he thinks this is it. So he chops a tree down but then a creature who calls himself The Lorax who says he speaks for the trees and all the creature s in the forest, and he says that what he is doing--chopping down a tree is wrong. But he ignores him. He then stops talking and tells Ted to come back tomorrow. But when Ted tries to go out, O'Hare who knows what Ted is doing--trying to find a tree, tells him to stop it cause it could ruin O'Hare's business. So he makes sure Ted can go out. So Ted tries to find another way.
  • July 26, 2012
    A cute and enjoyable animation that stays true to the ecological message of Dr. Seuss's book. With an optimistic and hopeful story that speaks to all children, it proves to be much more efficient (and funnier) than the likes of Ice Age 4 and Madagascar 3, also released this year.
  • July 22, 2012
    Based extremely loosely on the Dr Seuss story of the same name and as usual with Hollywood they have fudged it all up.

    The story is an environmental one, an eco plot if you will about the effects of cutting down trees. Put simply (just like the original book did) there is a smal... read morel town which is gloomy and polluted. The reason for this is because all the trees were chopped down to mass market 'thneeds' by the one they call 'Once-ler'. 'Once-ler' tells a young boy the whole story of how he destroyed all the trees to create his 'thneeds' and ignored the advice and warnings of the 'Lorax', guardian of the trees.

    'Once-ler' regrets his actions and gives the young boy a tree seed to plant so that trees may return as well as the 'Lorax'. There is a bit more to it but that is the basic premise.

    So what does Hollywood do you ask? well do you really need to ask? I'm sure you can all guess but I'll tell you anyway. Hollywood strips the story down and refits it with tripe filler and made up characters to fill out a decent length run time. Throw in some ridiculous vehicle chase sequences, cliched slapstick and jokes and some hideous musical numbers and there you have it, typical Hollywood trash.

    Now I will admit the film looks lovely, full of bright bold colours, its cheerful, light hearted and with some nice CGI animation. BUT the lesson has been diluted and cluttered by fancy ass visuals and 'action' sequences. Yes there is still a nice message within the film, the finale shows what can be done if they jettison the crapola but that's only about a 3min sequence out of an entire film!.

    I simply cannot understand why they thought to create new characters!. The new character 'Aloysius O'Hare' is REALLY annoying too, he just looks annoying, making him short...yeah that's not funny.
    I realise they needed to fill the story to reach a reasonable film run time but if that can't be done then don't do it. Maybe try another route, don't just make a whole load of stuff up!. 'Once-ler' was suppose to be faceless, a boogieman like equivalent of modern faceless companies/corporations that destroy nature for their gain. You can't uproot that, that's the whole point!.

    The world where this takes place isn't named, plus it isn't some bright, colourful, 'Willy Wonka' type place with fancy technology!!. I see what they did with that sure but why?? stop changing the whole premise!!, it all looks like something outta 'Despicable Me'.

    Of course we don't know how Seuss would take to it but I'm pretty sure the original fable wasn't meant to include futuristic vehicles, buildings, 'Once-ler' playing guitar, airship things and some god awful songs including the now obligatory hip hop pop song for the final credits which happens for almost all kids films now (more manufactured faceless nobodies singing forgettable songs that will fade into obscurity as quickly as they appeared).

    I like the fact that Hollywood has tried to put across a good message...of sorts. I'm sure they are more concerned about another franchise to milk that will rake in the moolah but the initial positive effort is there. If only this could of been done more down to earth, with a little more sense towards the source material and maybe in a different media (stop motion would have been nice, Selick directing perhaps?).

    At the end of the day its merely been mutated into another flashy, churned out, in your face CGI flick (in 3D -_-). How ironic, a polluted vision of Dr Seuss' simple little tale, such a shame.

    Ignore this, stick to the original book or 1972 TV special, don't deny your children these.

Critic Reviews


Guy Lodge
July 24, 2012
Guy Lodge, Time Out

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. Full Review

Bruce Diones
March 19, 2012
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision. Full Review

Peter Rainer
March 2, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Director Chris Renaud and his team have fun with these dithery, frenetic characters. The film is less special when it slows down and takes a breath of fresh air. Full Review

Richard Roeper
March 2, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors. Full Review

David Edelstein
March 2, 2012
David Edelstein, New York Magazine

The badness of the picture is a shock. Full Review

Nick Pinkerton
March 2, 2012
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm-for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successf... Full Review

Ben Sachs
March 2, 2012
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
March 2, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" eschews [Seuss'] unique style in favor of less risky, more generic characters. It looks like something you've seen before. Full Review

Jody Mitori
March 2, 2012
Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

While the movie is funnier than the book, the drawback of this modernized version is that it loses the timeless quality of the story on the page. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
March 2, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Where "The Lorax" succeeds, it's by letting its Seussian spirit shine through. Full Review

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Facts


    • Mr. O'Hare: Let it die Let it die!
    • The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?
    • The Once-ler: Uh, down?
    • The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
    • Additional Voices: UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It's not.
    • Ted: Wow, so this is really all your fault.
    • The Once-ler: Yes, and each day since The Lorax left I've been wondering what that meant. And now I'm wondering, well maybe The Lorax left that for you.
    • Ted: For me?! Why would he leave it for me?
    • The Once-ler: Because unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
    • Aunt Grizelda: [Comes out of the van] What a dump!
    • Ted's Mom: Come on Ted, dance with the tree!

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