I was looking forward to seeing the film Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for a variety of reasons. Firstly, as mentioned in a previous post, both myself and my family are big fans of Dr. Seuss. I have also mentioned previously how much I enjoy watching good animated movies. And finally, knowing the subject matter had to deal with environmental protectionism and being a proud tree-hugger, I was eager to share this message with my daughter.
The Lorax tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who is searching for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl next door. To find this elusive gift, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming little fellow who fights to protect the trees and every creature that depends on them. The tragic story explains how a man created a thriving business manufacturing a silly and useless fashion accessory derived from the forest trees. As his business grows, the forest and its inhabitants suffer. He clearcuts right down to the final living tree, without regard to the warnings of the wise old Lorax about the dire consequences of his destructive greed. The good news is, there’s a happy ending!
From an animation standpoint, The Lorax is bursting with vibrant colours and engaging scenery. Danny DeVito does a nice job as always, providing the voice of The Lorax and The Office’s, Ed Helm does a solid job in the role of the overly ambitious businessman, The Once-ler. Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and the one-and-only Betty White, round out the lead cast.
Overall, the movie was really fun to watch with the dynamic visuals and was also quite entertaining with some laughs that can be shared by both young and old. Not a bad way to spend your Sunday afternoon. And the best part, was the message. After watching the film, it kind of made you want to go out and plant a tree! Always a great thing when a movie can inspire good deeds and positivity. For now, back to the cage.