I’m going to put myself out on a limb here. I’m not a Dr. Seuss’ fan. Throw green eggs and ham at me all day and I’m not going to change my mind. Not a fan. The only book I ever liked was “Are You My Mother?” mainly because I was a mama’s girl. I don’t like Cheesecake either. So now that you know the kind of person I am let’s continue.
Having just said that my three kids are OBSESSED with all..not just a few but ALL of the Dr. Seuss’ books (you know there are more than 40, right?). My 3rd grader reads them to the younger two. When we go to the library we, ok not we but they, load up on Dr. Seuss’ books, to the point where I have to say “now come on we have that at home put it back..” or “we checked that out last time” and how about “where do you find all these books?”. We just returned The Lorax book today actually. And come to find out The Lorax is included in the “Educator’s All Time Top 20 List of Children’s Books.”
Children’s animation movies rarely captive my attention. You’ll see me get up, wander around, do some laundry (now you know I’m not interested). However, when I saw the previews for The Lorax something seemed different. Better, more interesting for me. Dare I say..”hold the laundry for later?” Humm… So here we go…
The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!
Now you know the plot of this fabulous movie find out what I think about it. Did I get up to do laundry? I trust your dying to know. For some reason I feel compelled to draw this out and make you read on and on forever to see if I’m holding up Dr. Seuss’ hand puppets and singing songs that rhyme. Then again you’ve got important things to do today, like laundry. But not while watching The Lorax folks. That’s right. Not one precious hand did chores during the viewing of this film. This is the “better is best” Dr. Seuss’ movie I’ve seen to date. In it’s entirety. Which speaks volumes as you’ve read so far. Vivid colors and animation prove this to be a favorite among little fans as well. And with Betty White as the voice of Grammy Norma, Ted’s grandma, your sure to be entertained as well. Oh, and Ted is the voice of Zac Efron, maybe you’ve heard of him. He’s pretty. I’m too old to say that but facts are facts. Ted’s love interest is Audrey, voice of Taylor Swift, and he is willing to do just about anything to impress her. While in full pursuit of the Truffula Tree (because that is what Audrey wants to see) Ted discovers the Lorax, which by the way is the voice of Danny DeVito. My kids favorite part is when the Lorax say’s “that’s a women?”. When Ted asks his mother and Grammy Norma where he can find a “real tree” unlike the mechanically made ones in town she tells him to go out of town to find the Once-ler. The Once-ler is the one who chopped down the first live tree. Opps. He tells Ted the story of the Lorax and how he spoke for the trees. Now, the villainous O’Hare does not want live trees around because he is the inventor of the mechanical trees and that would ruin his business. You’ll have to see how this adventure pans out and if one person can make a difference and save the trees. This film offers incentive for young ones to never give up and if they have a passion to stand up and make a change. I give this film two mommy thumbs up.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, Hop).
For more information, please visit www.theloraxmovie.com.
- MINI MOVIES
- Serenade — Two Bar-ba-loots — one love shy and the other suave and confident — battle for the heart of their would-be sweetheart with the help of a colorful cast of characters, including the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
- Wagon-Ho—Two Bar-ba-loots take The Once-ler’s wagon on a ride they won’t soon forget.
- Forces of Nature—Determined to scare The Once-ler out of Truffula Valley, The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature.
- MAKING OF THE MINI MOVIES—Go behind the scenes at Illumination Mac Guff to see the joys and challenges of continuing the characters’ stories in the dynamic format of the mini movie.
- DELETED SCENE
- SEUSS TO SCREEN—A fascinating look into the translation of Seuss’ iconic style from book into the big feature film canvas.
- SEUSS IT UP!— A great tutorial on how to draw the Lorax, a Humming-Fish and a Bar-ba-loot in the unique Seuss style.
- TRUFFULA RUN—The player moves left and right to avoid obstacles while attempting to pick up berries with modes for easy, medium and hard. As difficulty increases, the player will have more obstacles to avoid.
- “LET IT GROW” SING ALONG— Karaoke-style sing along to the end credit version of Let It Grow.
- FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-DIRECTORS CHRIS RENAUD & KYLE BALDA
- ONCE-LER’S WAGON— While the Once-ler is away peddling his wares, the curious forest creatures have fun with his belongings. Users can select an item for the creatures to mimic or play with and then watch the adorable antics of all the forest friends.
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