Dr. Seuss' the Lorax

Rated PG 86 minutes 2012

It's not as entertaining as the last Dr. Seuss movie, Horton Hears a Who!, but Dr. Suess' The Lorax is still miles beyond The Cat in the Hat, so that's something. The book includes an environmental message that has sparked controversy several times over the years, and thanks to the Fox Business Channel, the movie now stands accused of "indoctrinating" children to all things green. The film doesn't quite go that far; the Once-ler, never seen in the book outside of his arms, is a pretty sympathetic character here (and is voiced quite ably by Ed Helms). Danny DeVito portrays the Lorax, who speaks for the trees, but he's more of a supporting character. Not short on songs, but short on good ones, The Lorax doesn't feel thoroughly consistent and may be trying to do a little too much.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.theloraxmovie.com

Director: Chris Renaud

Producer: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, Audrey Geisel, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul

Cast: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad, Joel Swetow, Michael Beattie, Dave Mitchell, Dempsey Pappion, Elmarie Wendel, Danny Cooksey, Stephen Tobolowsky and Chris Renaud


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