With its unveiling of its 100th Year Logo, Universal Pictures brings you Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. This is a story about a boy named Ted (Zach Efron), who wants to impress the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift) by giving her a tree. The two live in a place called Thneedville where everything is artificial and you have to purchase clean air due to the smog surrounding the city. Ted’s grandmother (Betty White) tells him the story about the Once-ler (Ed Helms), the only person who can help his get a tree. Ted goes to meet the Once-ler outside the Thneedville, raising suspicion on billionaire Mr. O’Hare, the owner of O’Hare industries who manufactures clean air. The Once-ler tells his story that once upon a time there were trees in Thneedville, under the care of a grumpy and lovable guardian called the Lorax (Danny De Vitto). When the Once-ler was a young lad, he chanced upon the trees for a money making scheme but his greed and selfishness took over, breaking his promise to the Lorax to protect the trees. The Once-ler gives his last remaining seed to Ted in order to make a difference to the people of Thneedville.
The movie came as a big surprise to me. I was not familiar with the story from Dr. Seuss so I sat at the cinema with no expectations. And imagine my surprise to see a musical! It had song and dance numbers, like a broadway musical gone animation.
Dr Seuss’ The Lorax is a heart warming tale, with a great moral lesson to care for the environment, and done in a smooth execution into the story. It shows human compassion – a hero’s fall from grace and his hope that some day someone will care about a dream and will make it happen.
A must-see for adults and children a like. The kids will go wild over the beautiful colors, with trees looking like cotton candy, and the funny characters, while the adults will appreciate the adventure and the values the film gives. And this is also shown in 3D, which I prefer better, as animation really shows the magic of 3D.
A two thumbs up and certainly one of my favorite animation movies of the year.