Dr. Seuss is one of the most influential children’s authors of the 20th century, creating such memorable and fanciful characters as the Grinch, the Whos, the Cat in the Hat and Horton. Now, one of his lesser-known characters, the Lorax, is getting the royal treatment with a 3D CGI fully-animated feature film due to hit theaters March 2.
From the creators of “Despicable Me” and “Hop” comes “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.” Set in a not-too-distant future where organic is out and everything has been replaced with artificialm we meet Ted (Zac Efron) a young boy who has a crush on the neighborhood cutie, Audrey (Taylor Swift).
When Ted finds out that she dreams about seeing an organic tree — which are supposedly extinct — and he hears from his grandmother Norma (Betty White) that there might be someone who can help him, he goes on a journey outside the city compound to find a man known as The Once-ler (Ed Helms). Upon meeting him, Ted begins to earn his trust and starts to hear the tale about when The Once-ler first came to this land and met the Lorax (Danny Devito) — a creature that was a protector of the land and all of the beautiful plants and animals it supported.
The Once-ler entrusts Ted with the very last remaining tree seed and he must go on his own adventure to not only win over Audrey but to discover his own true potential.
We have eight short clips for you to see that show you a tiny part of Ted’s story, but focus mostly on the interactions of The Once-ler and the Lorax. First, we see Ted questioning his mother (Jenny Slate) and grandmother about where he could possibly find a tree, and then he travels to see the Once-ler who has a surprise for him
Now onto the important back-story, when the Once-ler discovers the enchanting world of the magnificent Truffula forest and its incredibly nice creatures. He is amazed, but the Lorax isn’t too happy about having a stranger move in and does his best to get him to leave. When that doesn’t work, they decide to let him know how it feels and all the forest creatures decide to invade his space.
When the Lorax and the Once-ler finally call a truce, they begin to get along and then the Once-ler’s family arrives and their major intrusion is too much for the Lorax to accept.
Many of Dr. Seuss’ books had underlying principals in them and for the tale of the Lorax it is obviously relating to our effects on the environment. That aside, I think these clips really show the beauty that this film possesses and also the type of humor it will have. Between the amazing Betty White, Danny DeVito and many others, I’m sure this will be a great movie for the whole family. Do you have any kids and if so will you be taking them to see this movie?
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” arrives in theaters March 2 and is rated PG for mild language.
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