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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

A CGI animated movie directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda

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The Lorax

  • Mar 1, 2012

So once again the movie studios have gone to Dr Suess,
This time it’s the Lorax the movie producers have let loose

The Lorax is done by the same people who made Despicable Me
Sure it’s well done, but impossible not to compare to Wall-E

The latter a much better telling of environmental conservatism
The movie is still good re-telling worth all this rhyming romanticism

Our hero is a little orange thing that speaks for the trees
Today it’s impossible not to call him a tree huggin hippie

Danny Devito voices the Lorax as he was the obvious choice
But don’t worry he’s not Frank Reynolds, Devito gives him his own distinct voice

Ed Helms plays the greedy Once-ler stealing all the Truffula Trees,
The directors show him as young man, growing into his greedy personality

But how would you know they needed to give the story a face lift
So they brought in young actors namely Zac Efron and Taylor Swift

They are two younger kids trapped in a different frame story
They needed to pad the film to make it about an hour forty

The new story features a plastic world without any trees
Rob Riggle as the villain and to breath clean air he charges a fee

I guess the execs were worried there just wasn’t enough excitement in the original motion pic
So they added car chases and dance numbers to appeal to a younger demographic

But it’s the original story that has all the movies heart
And who knows maybe you’ll walk away wanting to do your part

There are some people, who hate the Lorax like the anchors on Fox,
They cry indoctrination, it’s just Hollywood on a soapbox

If there’s a problem with the film its all the cross promotion they air
But the problem is much better shared by one Mr. Stephen T. Colbert

Overall I liked it; I felt like a kid and left the theater with a smile
It’s better than other movies done earlier this year by at least a mile B+

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March 03, 2012
Love this review, Z! Very creative and genius :)
March 02, 2012
This looks like a good film.
March 02, 2012
I am about to see this film in a few. Glad to see that you liked it. I will be back to comment further once I've seen it. I've featured this review...
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review by . March 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I may be at a slight disadvantage here since I am not that familiar with Dr. Seuss’ children’s book that had inspired Universal Pictures’ “The Lorax”. Released on March 2, 2012, which would have been Seuss’ 108th birthday if he was still around. The film is the second CGI animation adaptation, and the third one (released by Universal) of his work, 2012 also celebrates Universal’s 100th year anniversary. Directors Chris Reynaud (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda …
review by . April 07, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Illumination's Bright Streak Continues in a Dr. Seuss Classic
I’ve got to admit that while 2008’s Horton Hears a Who! proved Dr. Seuss’ material seemed custom tailored to the computer generated animation movement, the story lacked that degree of relate-ability we generally associate with the classics.  While Horton was done by Ice Age’s Blue Sky Studios, the 2012 follow-up Seuss to CG piece (The Lorax) was handed off to Illumination Entertainment, the guys who brought us Despicable Me.  To cut to the chase, The Lorax is very …
review by . March 02, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Lorax Looms
THE LORAX Written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul Directed by Chris Renaud Voices by Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito   The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.   DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX is perhaps the most blatantly obvious attempt to speak down to people about the perils of industrialization on the environment since AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Yes, I understand this is a children’s film, but the original work from 1971 was a …
review by . March 07, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Based upon the book by Dr. Seuss (whose name is officially part of the title), THE LORAX has been contemporized a bit making it accessible to not only super-environmental-types, but to those who were raised upon conservation and not environmentalism. In THE LORAX, Ted (Zac Efron) is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the plasticized, walled city of Thneedville. Ted is in love with a teenage girl named Audrey (Taylor Swift). Audrey doesn't quite fit in Thneedville and paints the back of her house …
review by . March 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Thirty years before Al Gore was demonized for telling the truth about global warming, Dr. Seuss was chastised for promoting environmentalism in his book The Lorax. Even before its publication in 1970, global deforestation was a major problem, and it continues to this day, especially in tropical regions. I will not provide the statistics here; there’s more than enough quality information on the net for you to research. I will say that deforestation …
review by . June 15, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
So this is going to be a long one, for reasons that I have to be somewhat firm with.  The Lorax is an annoying movie that, for the most part, is bad for the reason every other Dr. Suess adaptation in Hollywood is pretty bad.  Because it IS being adapted from a pretty short children's book there's usually not much that they can do with it.  It's a straightforward story that can't really amount to anything more than a half hour movie.  So one has to really change …
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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (also known as The Lorax) is a 2012 American computer-animated 3-D musical comedy film based on Dr. Seuss' children's book of the same name. It was produced by Illumination Entertainment and was released by Universal Pictures on March 2, 2012, what would have been the 108th birthday of Seuss, who died at age 87 in the year 1991.
The film is the fourth feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss, the second Dr. Seuss adaptation fully computer-animated after Horton Hears a Who!, and the first to be released in 3-D. The Lorax was Illumination Entertainment's first film presented in IMAX 3D (known as "IMAX Tree-D" in publicity for the film).[3] It was also the third Dr. Seuss feature film released by Universal, after How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat.

The film was directed by Chris Renaud, and co-directed by Kyle Balda. It was written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, the duo who also wrote the script for Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who!. Audrey Geisel, Seuss's wife, was executive producer, and Chris Meledandri, who managed Horton Hears a Who! at Fox Animation, produced the film.[7]
The film was fully fabricated in the French studio "Illumination Mac Guff", which was the animation department of Mac Guff which has been acquired by Illumination Entertainment in Summer 2011.[8]
The Lorax received a PG rating "for brief mild language."It is the third PG-rated Dr. Seuss film, following How the ...
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MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Dr. Seuss, Ken Daurio

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