Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Ken Daurio & Dr. Seuss
Chris Renaud & Kyle Balda
An adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the 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.
What a terrific film and with a message to boot! This adaptation of Dr. Seuss' tale of the Lorax, a guardian of the trees, is awesomely animated with terrific 3D and it carries an important environmental reminder that we should take care of the trees and our land.
We follow the story through the eyes of Ted (Zac Efron), a teen boy who has a crush on a girl named Audrey (Taylor Swift), and when he learns that she wants to see a real live tree for her birthday, he sets out to find a way to make it happen. The businessman of the town, Mr. O'Hare, wants to keep seeds and trees away so as to ensure that people will rely on his air for them to live. It's made him a nice little profit.
This movie contains a lot of slapstick and fantasy violence but clearly reveals how important friends are to travel the road with through the journey of life. The characters are memorable, the colors bright and you've never seen a character quite like the Lorax (Danny DeVito). We are pleased to award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this film for ages twelve plus, due to one utterance of a strong word. Let the adventures begin!
Content Description: Sex: A girl kisses a boy on the cheek. Language: D-1; Idiot-1; Meat Head-1; Greedy Dirt Bag-1 Violence: Teen falls over cliff on bike but is okay; boots on an automatic machine hits kid in rear; some blades come close to striking a kid in the head as he rides his motor bike; a contraption hits a character; the wind causes a fish to smack into a bear; a guitar player moves and smacks a character with the guitar; an adult character smacks Ted and tells him not to leave the town; a character is pelted with tomatoes; a fish is zapped by electricity; a character falls to the ground but is okay; a satellite dish smacks a bird; a robot cat is run over and destroyed; a few incidents of slapstick humor. Drugs: None Nudity: A few characters are seen in swimwear and a woman is seen in a bikini a couple of times. Other: Grammy lies and gets her daughter to fetch her false teeth which she has on her but she wants to talk to Ted alone for a moment; a character cuts down a tree and then denies it; a mother doubts her son will amount to anything; a mother tells a child he is her new favorite child; a business man sets out to stop a kid from planting a seed.