The Lorax is Available Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack



 Available Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop)

Film Review:

While many are familiar with Dr. Seuss and all his books, it is quite possible that some children who are now adults did not have the opportunity to read or know about all the things this author imagined. For those unfamiliar with the stories, and those who know them since their childhood, Universal Studios presents The Lorax in theaters nationwide. What a treat it is to discover this story on film, through a screenplay by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

Directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda deliver a real treat with this feature adaptation of the classic tale. This animated adventure film comes from the creators of the giant hit, Despicable Me, with forest creatures who live in a very colorful world. It is the humans that change their world.

The story is set in the current and plastic world the humans live in. 12-year-old Ted (voice of Zac Efron) lives with his Mom (Jenny Slate) and Grammy Norma (Betty White).  The girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift), introduces him to another world through her art. When he discovers what her passion is and makes her happy, Ted’s journey to find it for her completely changes the world as they know it.

Grammy Norma knows Ted all too well and enables him to pursue what he wants to do. This time Ted listens to some of his Grammy’s stories, including The Once-ler (Ed Helms). This may make him uncomfortable to set foot outside of what he has known all his life, but he searches for the one thing that Audrey wants.

When The Once-ler starts to relay the story of the past, the viewer learns about The Lorax (voice of Danny DeVito) and the world as it used to be. Some of the most hilarious lines are during the flashback that The Once-ler has to his youth and how the creatures reacted to his setting up shop on the peaceful and green land they live on. Director Chris Renaud takes a turn voicing one of the forest animals. The Lorax is a grumpy creature, but fights to protect his world and the living creatures within. The fish in this movie are similar to what the Minions are in Despicable Me. The lines and actions by the fish are my favorite scenes.

I left the theater very impressed with Ed Helms’ character, especially in his youth at the top of his game when business is booming. I recall having a happy feeling with the fish and other creatures, then taken to an extremely opposite emotion as he is singing and dancing while destroying all that is around him. This is certainly worth the price of the video for the 94 minute film.

I highly recommend the film for families, but adults will enjoy it too even if they do not have a child to take along with them. The performances are outstanding and the story just can’t be beat!

Liz Lopez A-

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