Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX

Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX

Dr. Seuss books are synonymous with childhood.  In fact, the idea of any child growing up without Dr. Seuss is nearly unimaginable.  Nowadays, movie studios are always on the lookout for the next big box office hit and what better place is there to go than children’s books?  They have a built in audience in the kids of today, as well as the parents, who grew up with these stories and passed them along to their kids.

There have been many attempts to convert children’s books into full-length movies with few successes and many failures.  Dr. Seuss books are not immune to being box office duds.  Just look at The Cat In The Hat with Mike Meyers…funny actor, great book, bad movie!  In general, I believe that live-action movies made from animated stories are a bad recipe.  But when you stay true to the genre, animation from animation, there are far less compromises made, which allow for a truer telling and depiction of the story.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax, has a decidedly eco-friendly message.  It warns us about the dangers of taking things for granted, how our actions affect things and others around us, and most importantly, to respect and take care of the environment.

To be honest, I was a bit skeptical as to how well the book would translate into a movie.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that nothing was lost from its message!  In fact, I was shocked at how good The Lorax movie actually was!

Featured in the film are the voices of  Zac Effron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Ed Helms, Rob Rigggle and Danny DeVito as The Lorax, himself.

Despite my not being a fan of 3-D movies, The Lorax blew me away with its depth, vibrant colors and rich textures.  The songs were exceptionally written and performed, driving home the message of environmental consciousness throughout the entire movie, without coming off as preachy or lecturing to the audience.

The film was wildly entertaining and fun for the whole family.  The best gauge for how good the movie truly is came from the kids sitting throughout the theatre, making commentaries to one another.  The Lorax had the kids in the theatre talking to their neighbors about not only what was happening, but also about what they thought should be done, right vs. wrong, and what they were going to do if they found themselves in a similar situation.

What do you get when you put all of these elements together: a great story, a great message, wonderfully written songs, spectacular animation and effects, along with audience interaction?  The result is a movie that I highly recommend for the entire family!

It is an exceptional rarity when a children’s book makes the transition from the written page to the silver screen successfully.  The Lorax is definitely one of those exceptions.  In the world of Dr. Seuss, The Lorax is a must read!  And now, thanks to Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop),  The Lorax is a must see!



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