Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a classic tale of a forest guardian who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To get it he must find the story of the Lora...more
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a classic tale of a forest guardian who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To get it he must find the story of the Lorax, the acerbic yet charming character who fights to protect his world. less
“The movie is vibrant and colourful but primarily for children. A one time watch at the most.”
The Lorax is an extended animated adaptation of Dr. Seusss childrens book much like the earlier adaptation, Horton Hears a Who. I call it extended simply because in making a full-length feature film the makers add sub-plots to what is essentially a tale that can be covered in 30 minutes.
The plot revolves around a 12 year old boy Ted (voice of Zac Efron) who wants to impress Audrey (voice of Taylor Swift) by fulfilling her desire of seeing the supposedly extinct Trufulla tree which once upon a time used to dot the landscape of the city of Thneedville. The polluted town suffers due to its lack of vegetation and as Ted ventures out into the dark countryside find a Trufulla tree, he encounters the Once-ler (voice of Ed Helms), who tells him about the Lorax (voice of Danny DeVito). The Once-ler was responsible for the destruction of the trees which led to the loraxs absence as he used to be the one who used to speak for the trees since they didnt have a voice of their own. Teds visits to the Once-ler are observed by the nefarious Mr. OHare who has a commercial interest in the pollution of the city. How Ted & the once-ler find the lorax and bring the trees back forms the crux of the tale.
Energetic action sequences and lush animation make the movie an eye-poppingly beautiful affair. The lively voice acting also helps even if the jokes are a bit slapstick and juvenile in nature. The themes on the other hand about saving the environment and redemption are sincerely portrayed in what could have been exceedingly cheesy otherwise. The 3-D aspect of the movie works thanks to the bright colours but is not necessary.
The Lorax is a fun-filled ride that will keep you and your kids diverted for its running length. For animation aficionados this will seem like just another animated effort and they are not off the mark considering that though good it is nowhere close to brilliance of Pixars offerings.