Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a fabulous tale, one my kids quite enjoy. So to see their bedtime story come to life on the big screen is exciting. The colourful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss is one every child loves, and who can blame them? These books are so much fun. I remember reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish when I was growing up, and today I read the same story to my children.
My 6-year-old son really enjoyed watching The Lorax, and really understood the message that’s being delivered – that to make a difference in the world, no matter how small you think it may be, requires someone with passion and determination. It really got him thinking about the importance of trees and its role in making clean, fresh air for us to breathe.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is ever going to get better it’s not.” – Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
Bringing stories to life such as The Lorax, is another way to get children and their parents thinking about caring for something real, caring about a cause that matters. Whether it’s coming up with a way to solve world starvation or making a plan to plant more trees so that our children and our children’s children may have a healthy planet to live on, it’s about teaching our children that there’s more to life than video games. Let them get out there in the real world, give them the opportunity to open their eyes and their minds and make a difference.
The film adaptation was brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment, the brilliant minds behind the ever-popular Despicable Me (another favourite in my house). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me), the film is about an imaginative journey that starts in the town of Thneedville, where a boy goes on a search for the one thing he knows will win over the girl of his dreams – a real tree.
Finding a real tree takes Ted on a journey outside the safety of the walls of the town he’s always known and onto lands no one dares step foot on – not that they’re allowed to leave even if they wanted to. But Ted is a determined, young boy who will stop at nothing to find a real tree, so much that his Grammy sends him to visit the Once-ler, who holds the key to unraveling this mystery.
Through the Once-ler, Ted discovers the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of the Truffula Valley. “I speak for the trees,” says the Lorax, who appears to the Once-ler after a tree has been cut down. Eventually, greed gets the better of the Once-ler and one by one all the trees slowly disappear, until one day the Truffula Valley is no more.
Danny DeVito (Twins, L.A. Confidential) lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, with Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, The Office) as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School Musical, The Lucky One) as Ted, Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Big Miracle) as the villainous O’Hare, Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, SNL) as Ted’s protective mother, and five-time Emmy Award winner Betty White (The Proposal, Hot in Cleveland) as Ted’s wise and witty Grammy Norma.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment is available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack – both of which feature DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet so you can watch it anytime, anywhere. The Lorax is non-stop family fun that also includes three entertaining mini movies not shown on DVD and Digital Download.Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is available August 7th for $24.99 (SRP) at Toys R Us, Walmart, Best Buy, Future Shop, HMV and more.
To view the trailer of mini-movies watch below.