By TOMMY BOND
The Lorax is a wonderfully extravagant film about greedy consumerism, budding young love, singing fish, and a pudgy orange furball. It’s surprisingly charming and beautiful to look at, Dr. Seuss’ art translating extremely well to the computer-generated silver screen. The voice talents of Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Betty White, and Zac Efron lend to the story a great cast of lovable characters. The power of Seuss’ original book is muddled slightly here, with the addition of many new plot points to stretch the film to feature length, but the point is still made. Even Seuss purists, though, won’t be able to resist the fish humming the theme song to “Mission Impossible” while an army of cute cuddly bears send The Once-ler adrift on his bed. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax may not hit the gut as hard as the book, but it sure knows how to tickle the funny bone.
Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda.
Rated PG for brief mild language.
Running Time: 86 Minutes.
Released in theatres: March 2nd, 2012.