By Sheena Samu
“The Lorax” is the first Dr. Seuss film adaption to be released in 3D. It also happens to be one the writer’s more serious works, conveying the message of environmental preservation to its readers.
One of the better aspects of the movie is its all-star cast. Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Betty White, Ed Helms, Robbie Riggle and Jenny Slate all voice the main characters in this animated film. If the cast doesn’t make you want to go watch the film, the directors and producers should. The team behind “The Lorax” also brought you the cute and very successful, “Despicable Me.”
“The Lorax” tells the story of “Thneed-Ville,” an artificial city where “even the trees are mechanical,” and fresh air is a luxury sold by the story’s villain, Mr. O’Hare (Robbie Riggle). The movie follows Ted Wiggins (Zac Efron), a 12-year-old boy in search of a real tree for his crush Audrey (Taylor Swift). With the advice he gets from his quirky Grandma Norma (Betty White), Ted leaves the mechanical bubble that is Thneed-Ville in search of The Once-ler.
Ted has to find ways to get in contact with the Once-ler without upsetting the evil Mr. O’Hare. Once he does, he finds out through flashbacks of a young and naïve Once-ler (Ed Helms), how the trees died out. In these flashbacks, the Lorax is introduced. The Lorax (Danny Devito), a small, furry orange creature with a strong personality and bright yellow mustache, is the guardian of the trees. As Ted listens to the tale of the Once-ler’s eventual downfall and the destruction of the trees, he realizes that his quest to find a real tree holds more purpose than to just get the girl of his dreams.
This movie has amazing animation quality. It captures your attention with its bright colors and creatively designed characters. An added bonus to the plot is the multiple musical numbers. Each song is fun and over the top, making it even more enjoyable in 3D.
But as true Dr. Seuss fan, “The Lorax” seemed too Hollywood and it was somewhat disappointing. The qualities of Dr. Seuss were lost in the glitz and glam of the whole production. There were very few lines that copied the book.
Universal Picture’s 3D film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” has actually been on screen once before, in a 1972 animated short film. In that 40-year span, the issue of environmental preservation has continued to grow, making “The Lorax” just as relevant today as it was decades ago.
Although Universal Pictures didn’t highlight all Dr. Seuss’ amazing works in this movie, one thing it did was stay loyal to was the message. “The Lorax” provides a positive message to all viewers about the environment and its preservation. If you’re worried about the film pushing this political agenda, well, that’s exactly what Dr. Seuss intended.
The movie doesn’t end by condemning big businesses or by pushing a huge political agenda, instead it advises environmental responsibility on a personal level. “The Lorax” is a fun movie with a good message, one that will hopefully be taken seriously.