Wednesday, 9 March 2016

400th Review! The Lorax













The Lorax


Release Date: 29th March 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Illumination Entertainment

Distribution 
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 86 minutes


Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: 
$348,840,316
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A 12-year old boy searches
for one thing that will enable
him to win the affection of
the girl of his dreams. To
find it he must discover the
story of the Lorax, the
grumpy yet charming
creature who fights to
protect his world.


Voice Cast
Ed Helms - The Once-ler 
Danny DeVito - The Lorax
Zac Efron - Ted Wiggins
Taylor Swift - Audrey
Rob Riggle - Aloysius O'Hare
Betty White - Grammy Norma
Jenny Slate - Ted's Mom
Nasim Pedrad - Once-ler's Mom
Stephen Tobolwsky - Uncle Ubb
Elmarie Wendel - Aunt Grizelda
Danny Cooksey - Bret and Chet

Crew
Director - Chris Renaud
Co-Director - Kyle Balda
Based on Book "The Lorax" - Dr. Seuss
Screenplay/Executive Producer/Songs - Cinco Paul
Screenplay/Executive
Producer - Ken Daurio
Executive Producer - Audrey Geisel
Producers - Janet Healy and Christopher Meledandri
Production Designer - Yarrow Cheney
Art Director/Character
Designer - Eric Guillon
Character Designer - Jeremie Moreau
Animation Director - Lionel Gallat
CGI Supervisors - Bruno Chauffard
and Simon Thomas
Film Editors - Claire Dodgson,
Steven Liu and Ken Schretzmann
Songs/Music - John Powell


Review
I have already been hurt and betrayed by the adaptation from the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss with HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (click here) which failed to deliver a worthy experience for me personally with the exception of the great Jim Carrey's hilarious and grouchy performance. I've decided not to watch another movie based on a book by Dr. Seuss after having been so disappointed by this movie. THE LORAX has been compared by critics as having similar messages to Disney/Pixar's WALL-E (click here). It was an animated musical adaptation from the same makers known to have created DESPICABLE ME (click here). THE LORAX is Illumination's second animation feature to date and it has that social message to teach children how to save the environment. It unfortunately destroys the complete ambiguity in the original book that carries its meaning.

I'm not exactly thrilled with some of the voice acting of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. I preferred Danny DeVito who has very expressive and charismatic vocal talents that defined the title character's personality. Unfortunately, he is no Jim Carrey and this lead to some of the movie's shortcomings. The feature adaptation's watch-ability is severely limited by dated pop-cultural references, lightheartedness, rushed plot and few added characters which are nothing more but a seemingly money grab at trying to convince audiences that it would be as great as the original source material. 

THE LORAX is not as bad as THE GRINCH or THE CAT IN THE HAT, the animation is colourfully and is true to the original vision of Dr Seuss's art style. Overall, this big-screen interpretation of the book may very well be average and is somewhat disappointing for readers of the original book. It could be recommended to the little ones who have yet to read more of Dr Seuss.

Star rating: (5/10) Average


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