“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss
If you haven’t seen The Lorax, now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and 3D, add it to your must-watch list now. It is bright and colorful, wonderfully written and, of course, delivers a universally important message of conservation.
Although we planned to, we never got around to seeing The Lorax in the theater so this was our first chance to watch it. Since we have a 3D TV, we were able to enjoy the amazing 3D quality at home. (And it gave my daughter another chance to wear her 3D glasses.) Having read the book many, many, many times I was truly expecting the movie to follow along the exact story of The Lorax, much like the story of The Grinch. I was surprised that while the movie is true to the message of the original story, the screenplay is quite unique. Unique and WONDERFUL. Not only was my four year old entranced with the story, but so was I.
The story takes place in the future, long after the last truffula tree has been cut down in the town of Thneedville. While most of the residents of Thneedville are perfectly happy with a world made of plastic, one girl (Audrey – voiced by Taylor Swift) dreams of trees — real trees. Ted (Zac Effron) is determined to impress the girl and sets off on a mission laid out by his granny (Betty White) to learn all there is to know about trees from the Once-ler.
As Ted gets closer to his mission of finding a tree, Mr. O’Hare does everything he can to stop Ted from bringing back trees. You see Mr. O’Hare has made his fortune selling bottled air, and trees – they make clean air for free! (Gasp!) Through the Once-ler Ted learns the importance of the trees and becomes determined to plant a tree not only for Audrey but for everyone to see.
The addition of cute musical numbers and quirky forest creatures adds even more charm to this Dr. Seuss classic come to life.
- Serenade – Two Bar-ba-loots — one love shy and the other suave and confident — battle for the heart of their would-be sweetheart with the help of a colorful cast of characters, including the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
- Wagon-Ho – Two Bar-ba-loots take The Once-ler’s wagon on a ride they won’t soon forget.
- Forces of Nature – Determined to scare The Once-ler out of Truffula Valley, The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature
Serenade was my daughter’s favorite because of the singing and dancing, of course. I liked Wagon-Ho.
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Disclosure – I was provided a copy of the movie to facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.