There are few children’s authors more beloved than Dr. Seuss, but so far the film adaptations of his classic books have been very hit (“Horton Hears a Who”) or miss (“The Cat in the Hat”). Now another CGI Dr. Seuss film is on the way, and much like “Horton Hears a Who,” it looks more promising than the live action movies based on Seuss’ whimsical work.
In the environmental tale “The Lorax,” a boy named Ted (Zac Efron) lives in a world that has long been devoid of trees. He sets out to find one when he learns his dream girl, Audrey (Taylor Swift), longs to see a real, live tree. He encounters a mysterious man called the Once-ler (Ed Helms), who recounts his life before the trees became extinct.
When the Once-ler chops down a vibrant Truffula Tree, he is confronted by a small, orange creature called the Lorax (Danny DeVito). The Lorax says he “speaks for the trees,” and warns the Once-ler to let go of his greed and leave the trees be.
The fun, colorful trailer for “The Lorax” looks promising, and the fact that its creative team was behind “Despicable Me” only piques my interest further. I thought “Despicable Me” was unexpectedly charming and sweet. If “The Lorax” follows suit, it could be a winning family film.
“Dr. Seuss The Lorax” hits theaters March 2, 2012, on what would have been the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss himself.
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