THE LORAX (Theatrical Release USA 2012)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

The Lorax—WOW!—hits all the right buttons. It IS an environmental message film, but it presents its message in such a pleasing manner that its entertainment value remains intact. The movie actually enhances the original Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax children’s story and serves as a fine example of turning a few pages of story into a terrific full-length animated movie that has entertainment value for the child and the adult. The quality of animation, the pacing of story, the unique coloration of scenes are beyond criticism. It absolutely belongs in the family home video collection. It’s solid and doesn’t fool its audience with a great trailer without delivering on that trailer. The movie adds a tall feather to Illumination Studio’s collection of films and has been added to the Ben Meyers International Movie Critics favorite film list. This movie, as did Zootopia, Ernest and Celestine, and The Nut Job establishes its unique, memorable voice and presentation, two things that make the difference between a classic film that will stand the test of time and multiple watches that will continue to entertain. The film has heart and can easily cross the international cultural divide to establish worth across many countries. Kudos to the team that established its vision well.

Storyline

A Once-ler explains to a young boy why there are no trees and gives him a chance to change the future.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Ken Daurio, Audrey Geisel, Cinco Paul for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Lorax (Voice of Danny DeVito), The Once-ler (Voice of Ed Helms), Ted (Voice of Zac Efron), Audrey (Voice of Taylor Swift), Grammy Norma (Voice of Betty White), Mr. O’Hare (Voice of Rob Riggle), Ted’s Mom (Voice of Jenny Slate), Once-ler’s Mom (Voice of Nasim Pedrad), First Marketing Guy (Voice of Joel Swetow), Second Marketing Guy (Voice of Michael Beattie), First and Second Commercial Guy (Voice of Dave B. Mitchell and Dempsey Pappion), and Aunt Grizelda (Voice of Elmarie Wendel).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This movie is a classic. It's easy-on-the-mind and has full entertainment value.

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