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From the creators of ‘Despicable Me’ comes a new laugh out loud spin on one of Dr. Suess’ classical stories ‘The Lorax.’ ‘Dr. Suess’ The Lorax’ stars the vocal talents of Ed Helms, Danny DeVito, Betty White, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. The story begins in a town called Thnedville where a young boy named Ted (Efron) lives with his mom and grandma (Betty White.) Ted has a major crush on his older neighbor Audrey (Swfit) who one day tells Ted about Truffla tree’s that no longer exist. Audrey wants nothing more than to see a real life tree and not the plastic blow up bushes that line the sidewalks of Thnedville. Ted decides he wants to find a real tree for Audrey’s birthday present and is informed by his grandma to go see The Once-ler (Helms.) As Ted makes his way far away from Thnedville he discovers The Once-ler who lives in seclusion from the world. Ted learns not only the truth about the disappearance of the trees but also about The Lorax (DeVito) who “speaks for the trees.”
Not only is this the first movie that offers orange 3D glasses but Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ is the highest debut film so far in 2012 earning 70.7 million dollars and it’s only its first weekend! This movie definitely lies under the same success and creativity with Ron Howard’s Dr. Seuss’ classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’ The previews of this movie leads the audience to believe Zac Efron’s character, Ted, is the main character of the movie (not including the Lorax) but to be honest Ted is only the resolution to the actual story. Danny DeVito is absolutely perfect as the Lorax I don’t think anyone else could pull this character off but surprisingly Ed Helms as the Once-ler without a doubt steals the movie.
One of my favorite parts is when you first see the truffla trees and all the pastel colors it is simply beautiful I felt like a little kid reading the book again for the first time. I especially loved how the creators paid so much attention to the story’s bright colors and details of the Truffla forest and animals. You can literally see how soft the Truffla treetops are. The goldfish and bears have the same similar humor and antics as the minions from ‘Despicable Me’ but the creators did a great job giving them their own type of humor and personalities despite the resemblance. They also have a huge love for marshmallows!
I didn’t know this movie had musical numbers (it’s not a complete musical, don’t worry) and even though the songs are aimed to entertain children I found myself enjoying them just as much as the ten year old sitting next to me. I found it difficult not to think of Ed Helms singing his ‘Tiger Song’ from ‘The Hangover’ when listening to him sing in this movie. He has a great singing voice and just has a way with intertwining comedy and music all in one. Zac Efron and Taylor Swift don’t sing a single song in this movie, which I thought was kind of weird but thankfully Betty White gets to join in the music. Who by the way plays an awesome grandma! I didn’t think I would like this movie as much as I did and it is a must see if you grew up with this classic story. Even though there is not very much Dr. Seuss dialogue, the story is still portrayed to it’s full potential and I couldn’t think of any one doing a better job than this. ‘Dr. Suess’ The Lorax’ is now playing in theaters!