Film: The Lorax (2012)
Directed By: Chris Renaud
Starring: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White
Key Details: The Lorax is based off Dr. Suess’ book of the same title. The Lorax is the 4th of Dr. Suess’ books to be put into a feature film and the second to be fully animated. Illumination Studios spearheaded and released the film their other credits include the Despicable Me series.
Ratings: IMDB: 6.4/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 53% Metacritic: 46% Google: 88%
My Rating: 4 out of 5 thumbs up
Summary in a Tweet: Budding businessman lets family dictate business plan for quick success story while regretfully devastating the environment around him. Nature needs a new hero and a young man steps up to fight against big business while trying to win the affection of his crush.
Simple Overview: A man with a dream sets off to make his mother proud of an invention created with the tufts from trees. His determination to win his mother’s affection through monetary success causes him to mismanage his resources creating a world without clean air and a mother who still doesn’t approve.
After some time a young man on a mission to impress his crush ventures out of his polluted city for the wasteland of what was the forest seeking a tree. He soon meets the formerly young man who has a story to tell about the fall of his company and the fall of the forest. The young man listens to his tale(Rick and Morty reference here) then learned from it and returns to the filthy city with new knowledge and a changed heart.
We see the struggle of the common man vs the profit of big business, takes center stage in the Lorax. A great watch for anyone who’s interested in a simple series of lessons in bright colors.
Have I watched this before?: Yes, just once. I enjoyed it as much then as I did today.
What Could Have Been Better: This is a cartoon for youngsters to learn from. Meant to entertain while teaching some good life lessons. No real feedback here today.
What I loved: Two words Danny DeVito, need I say more. The internet’s favorite older gentleman stands out with his performance in the Lorax. Accompanied by Ed Helms and a cast of other noteworthy actors lending their voice talents in this film. They all played their parts well.
The Lorax was a fun animated film and I have to hand it to the animators and creators of the world inside the film. Drawing inspiration from Dr. Suess’ world they brought two-dimensional pages to life and educated us along the way. Their ability to design characters who’s emotions were beautifully expressed by the voice actors helped the film stand out for me.
The simple lessons of remembering nature, keep the earth clean, and breathable were fu and digestible. This film had an agenda, yes, but it wasn’t an unwelcome agenda in my mind.
Final Thoughts: The Simplicity of the Lorax made it a film I’d share with others. I think it deserved a better review from the masses as it covered some pretty heavy topics in a kid-friendly way that could sill entertain an adult. I’d recommend watching the Lorax at least once as the voice talents alone made the film a fun way to spend a bit of time.
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