The Lorax (2012) Review by Liz Parker
Film review by Detroit Screener guest blogger Liz Parker of Yes/No Films.
The Lorax is based on the 1971 children’s book by Dr. Seuss, and has a very talented voice cast that includes stars like Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, and Betty White. The film is actually more than just a kids movie: it’s also a cautionary tale about environmental destruction, and has PG-type humor geared toward adults. At the same time, The Lorax has colorful visuals and 3D effects that will appeal to kids.
Ted (voiced by Efron, New Year’s Eve) has a major crush on his older next door neighbor, Audrey (Swift, Valentine’s Day). He buys a model plane and intentionally flies it into her backyard so that he can knock on her door and talk to her; Audrey invites Ted inside and shows him a picture she’s drawn on the back of her house. It’s a picture of the truffula trees, which used to grow everywhere, until they disappeared. Audrey tells Ted that her goal in life is to find a real, living tree, and that she would probably marry anyone who brought her one. This of course makes Ted determined to find Audrey a tree, and his grandma (voiced by White, TV’s Hot in Cleveland) tells him how to find one: go outside of town and find the Onceler, who knows of such things.
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