‘The Lorax’ is a movie that says greed is bad, plus Iranian Oscar winner ‘A Separation.’
While Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was designed to entertain kids, the plot would make the Occupy Wall Street crowd jump for joy, along with environmentalists.
The inhabitants of Thneedville live in a totally artificial, plastic world with no plants or trees. This is a town where people pay for the air they breathe, a business controlled by a pint-sized villain named Mr. O’Hare (Rob Riggle).
Thneedville feels like an animated version of the world inhabited by Jim Carrey in The Truman Show. It isn’t quite real but nobody seems to care except Audrey (Taylor Swift), who knows that Thneedville was once filled with Trullula trees and her only desire is to see such a tree.
This quest inspires a 12-year-old named Ted (Zac Efron) to leave the city and find a hermit named Once-ler (Ed Helms) who knows all about the trees and what happened to them. Before long Ted, who has a crush on Audrey, is sneaking out of town (and the prying eyes of Mr. O’Hare) to talk with Once-ler and learn the secret of the lost trees and about the Lorax (Danny DeVito), the guardian of the forest.
As we learn about how Once-ler let greed ruin his life, the environment and his town, we also get to see a bunch of adorable forest critters including bears and singing fish.
When Ted obtains a Trullula tree seed, he is determined to plant it and that leads to a merry chase as O’Hare’s henchmen try to stop him.
The backstory about why trees are important and why greed is bad is fronted by a story that children can embrace, with plenty of screwball comedy and numerous chase scenes.
Created by the filmmakers behind Despicable Me, director Chris Renaud and animation layout supervisor Kyle Balda (who gets co-directing credit on The Lorax), Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an enjoyable children’s film.
Iranian Oscar winner
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