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The Lorax

The Lorax

Released 20 July 2012
Director Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Starring



Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad
Writer(s) Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Producer(s)

Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri
Origin United States
Running Time 86 minutes
Genre Animation, comedy
Rating G
65

Grows on you.

Animations can sometimes be a little difficult to get into, mainly because of the respective style and presentation one may use. Some can be visibly distracting, others annoyingly voiced, while the downright awful have the misfortune of being both. CGI animation has obviously become popularised in the last decade or more after the success of Toy Story and the like, but its appearance can often feel impersonal. While not perfect, The Lorax succeeds in creating a friendly guise while also conjuring up a rather charming end product for both the kids and family alike.

Adapted from the classic Dr. Seuss book, this adventure follows twelve year-old Ted's efforts to find and plant a real tree in a futuristic world where trees are computerised and oxygen is bottled for profit by a greedy mogul. In doing so, Ted might be able to win over the affection of the girl of his dreams but also help a now old man, whose fault it is for the absence of plant life, in his lonely search for redemption from the forest creature, Lorax.

In truth, for the first twenty minutes or so I was genuinely thinking that this was going to score pretty darn low. The scenes are so captivatingly bright that it almost takes a bit of time to get used to, much the same with the voices. The over dramatisation is off-putting but the longer the fantasy progresses the more it will become clear why it needed to be portrayed in that way. The leads Zac Efron, Danny DeVito and Ed Helms all portray their roles enthusiastically and, barring a few awful attempts at comedy sequences, the cast did appear to strike up a nice rapport.

There is nothing groundbreaking about this movie and it will neither earn too much praise nor be classified as a flop. There are funny moments and the songs play well but its defining glory is the fact that it grows steadily more enjoyable as it goes on and the message of hope defeating greed, while corny, is of good nature...so to speak. An innocent picture that is short and sweet, The Lorax should prove a hit with families both in the cinema and at home, particularly during the holidays.

- David Caulfield