The Lorax Movie is also known as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and it is an American 3D computer animated musical fantasy comedy movie which was produced by Illumination Entertainment. The Lorax movie was distributed by Universal Pictures.
The second screen adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same name from 1971 following the 1972 animated television special. The Lorax movie was directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Kyle Balda.
Paul and Daurio penned the screenplay of the movie. The movie has builds on the book by expanding the plotline of the Lorax and Ted which was the previously unnamed boy who visits the Once-ler.
On 19th February 2012, The Lorax had its world premiere at Universal Pictures in Hollywood. the movie has received mixed reviews from critics and they praised it for its animation, musical score, and voice acting but criticised its characters as well as plotline.
What is the Plotline of the Lorax Movie?
12 years old Ted Wiggins lives in Thneedville which is a walled city and where all vegetation and plant life is artificial. Ted is infatuated with a teenage girl whose name is Audrey and decides to impress her with real tree.
Norma, his grandmother told him about once-ler who knows everything about what has happened to trees. Then Ted leaves the city and discovers that the outside world is barren, contaminated wasteland. He finds the Once-ler who agrees to tell Ted the story of the trees over plenty of visits.
When next time he leaves the town, Ted encounters town’s greedy mayor named Aloysius O’Hare whose company sells bottled oxygen.
Check out the trailer of The Lorax movie in given below video. By watching this video you will get a clear idea regarding the movie. So it will become easy for you to decide whether to watch this movie or not.
What is the Cast of the Lorax Movie?
Check out the list of The Lorax movie along with their characters below –
- Danny DeVitoas The Lorax, a mystical orange furry creature with a yellow moustache, who protects the truffula forest
- Ed Helmsas The Once-ler, a reclusive old man and former inventor
- Zac Efronas Ted Wiggins, an idealistic 12-year-old boy He is named after the author of the book, Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
- Taylor Swiftas Audrey, Ted’s love interest She is named after Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’s wife
- Rob Riggleas Aloysius O’Hare, the diminutive and greedy mayor of Thneedville and head of the “O’Hare Air” company that supplies fresh air to Thneedville residents
- Jenny Slate as Mrs. Wiggins, Ted’s neurotic mother and Grammy Norma’s daughter
- Betty White as Grammy Norma, Ted’s wise-cracking grandmother and Mrs. Wiggins’s mother
- Nasim Pedrad as Isabella, the Once-ler’s mother
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Uncle Ubb, the Once-ler’s uncle
- Elmarie Wendel as Aunt Grizelda, the Once-ler’s aunt. This was Wendel’s final film role before her death on July 21, 2018
- Danny Cooksey as Brett and Chet, the Once-ler’s twin brothers
- Joel Swetow as the 1st Marketing Guy
- Michael Beattie as the 2nd Marketing Guy
- Dave B. Mitchell as the 1st Commercial Guy
- Dempsey Pappion as the 2nd Commercial Guy
- Chris Renaud as assorted forest animals
What is the Release Date of the Lorax Movie?
The Lorax movie was released on 2nd March, 2012 in the United States as well as Canada and later on it was released on 27th July, 2012 in the United Kingdom. This was also the first movie to feature the current Universal Pictures logo along with a rearrangement version of the fanfare which was originally composed of Jerry Goldsmith and arranged by Brian Tyler. It was a part of the studio’s 100th anniversary.
What Are the Reviews for the Lorax Movie?
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator gave The Lorax movie 54% rating which is based on 157 reviews with an average rating of 5.9 out of 10. The website states for the movie that –
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.”
“This kind of studio 3-D feature animation is all wrong for the material,” he wrote. Demonstrating how the book’s text was used in the film in this excerpt from the review, Edelstein discusses Audrey describing the truffula trees to Ted:
The touch of their tufts was much softer than silk and they had the sweet smell of fresh butterfly milk – and [in the movie] Ted says, “Wow, what does that even mean?” and Audrey says, “I know, right?” So one of the only lines that is from the book, that does have Dr. Seuss’ sublime whimsy, is basically made fun of, or at least, dragged down to Earth.