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Dr Seuss' The Lorax
Dr Seuss' The Lorax

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Danny DeVito, Ed Helms
Mar 02, 2012
PG, 1 hr. 27 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad, Joel Sweto, Michael Beattie
Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Rated: PG
Running Time: 1 hr. 27 min.
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Theater Release: Mar 02, 2012
DVD Release: Aug 07, 2012
Synopsis: The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. -- (C) Universal

Critic Reviews

  • Guy Lodge, Time Out
    About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss's visual wit.
  • Bruce Diones, New Yorker
    May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    Director Chris Renaud and his team have fun with these dithery, frenetic characters. The film is less special when it slows down and takes a breath of fresh air.
  • Richard Roeper, Richard
    This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors.
  • David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
    The badness of the picture is a shock.
  • Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
    Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm-for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successfully reproduce a humble artist's line.
  • Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
    Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial.
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
    "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" eschews [Seuss'] unique style in favor of less risky, more generic characters. It looks like something you've seen before.
  • Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    While the movie is funnier than the book, the drawback of this modernized version is that it loses the timeless quality of the story on the page.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    Where "The Lorax" succeeds, it's by letting its Seussian spirit shine through.
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