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21 March 2012

The Lorax (2012)


Directed by: Chris Renaud


Starring: Danny De Vito, Zac 


Effron, Ed Helms


Genre: Animation, Family/Kids


Colour, 94 Minutes


I was not excited for this film, but I was reasonably interested to see what they done with this Dr. Seuss story. The first thing to say is I am disappointed as it easily could have been better. The animation was florescent and crisp, the story had a good heart, but the voice acting was a little off (excluding Danny De Vito) and the visual gags were at times too childish. But then again, it is for kids. The concept did not hold on to the human destruction concept enough, which was its fault, and you are best not wasting your time on this one.

We follow 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. 

One thing that was deeply annoying is how the titular character barely even has screen time. The film has a runtime of 90 minutes, and the film has two narratives, one with the Lorax present and one without. You’d expect this titular character to have more of a presence but no, he is barely even a main character, which was disappointing because Danny De Vito’s voice acting was great for this stubby and fuzzy moustached character.

The other voice actors however, felt very typical and unimpressive. Not to mention the side of the plot that involves the usual boy loves girl despite age difference shtick. This was one of the films big flaws, but the flashback scenes make up for it. Zac Effron was not terrible, but it just felt so typical and irritating.

The animation I quite liked and it is clear to see that it is imaginative. The animation was very smooth, with the Lorax’s high-res fur looking quite dazzling as we see every detail in movement as he moves. As an adaptation of Dr Seuss’s classic novel (Which I have not read I am afraid) the style is all over it. In comparison to the other Seuss films (Cat in the Hat, Horton hears a who), I think this film is slightly better.

Two things kept me watching this film: De Vito voice acting and the concept of someone damaging nature were they learn the outcomes. The human destruction and moral simplicity side of it should have had more emphasis and I was disappointed to know the Lorax only appeared in flashbacks. It was really the only fun part of the film. The film teaches kids that trees are good and greed is bad; it's that simple, but its sense of morality is what makes the film slightly appealing. There were plenty of childish jokes thrown in for the kids of course, but for adults they are quite irritating.

Did I mention the musical track? That will probably keep people distant knowing there are some songs in it. Well, they are not terrible but they are definitely foolish and annoying. The end song however, had great lyrics that reflected on the situation quite well. One thing I think the film should have done was extended its runtime. The film lasts 90 minutes, which is plenty for a kids animated film, but the story felt like it could have been 15 minutes longer. 

Verdict: The film has a promising idea that just might appeal a little to adults when they take their kids to see this film, but its focus on silly humour and the cliché plot (rather than the flashback’s with the Lorax), make it rather dull to watch.

Rating: 5/10

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Age Certificate: U
Country: USA
Language: English

1 comment:

  1. I can see why the critics were especially divided on this one. I would be happy if there was a straight adaptation of The Lorax retaining the story's message but all the product placement that I've seen seems to contradict the purpose of the story. Still, I'm mildly curious due to the extremely split reviews. Excellent review though!

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