The Lorax (2012)

The Lorax (2012) Poster
I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.

Comments on Movie: The Lorax (2012)
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop." - Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter.

"From the opening song-and-dance production number introducing us to the plastic-loving population of Thneedville, to the adorably comic critters who live in the lush valley, this kid-pleasing movie packs a visual punch and a worthy message." - Linda Barnard, The Star.

"May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision." - Bruce Diones, The New Yorker.

"The Lorax certainly looks good, animation wise that is, and it has a message I can get behind. That being said, this is an incredibly dumb movie, and very, very boring. There’s very colorful animation popping on the screen and the story is as dull as dishwater." - Bill Thompson.

"This big screen outing takes the seeds of Seuss' book and expands too far upon the original text, drowning it in a series of lurid colours that lacks charm and a strong identity of its own." - Joe Walsh, CineVue.

"While this is a visionary film, I find this film undesirable because there are scores of shortcomings. It has a good message with minimal preaching, a good base of imagination but maybe not a very good screenplay." - Rosalyn Lim.

Comedy Family Dr. Seuss 3D Animation Animated Feature
The Lorax (2012) Trailer

The Lorax (2012) at a glance
The Lorax (2012) champions its Thneedville city, where everything is all plastic and fake. It is a city without any hints of nature, not even a small patch of grass can been seen as everything in this city is man-made. What's interesting is that its citizens are not concerned about it and are completely accustomed to that way of life; they love the way the city is as it is like living in a paradise. One day when Ted met Once-ler, previously a businessman who is overwhelmed by his own greed in money-making and completely destroyed the forest, Ted is determined to make a change.

The Lorax (2012) Synopsis
From the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss comes the 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, an adaptation of the classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old 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. 

Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic youth who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma.

Movie Review: The Lorax (2012)
The Lorax and Once-ler.

While this is a visionary film, I find this film undesirable because there are scores of shortcomings. It has a good message with minimal preaching, a good base of imagination but maybe not a very good screenplay. I suppose they wanted to make the characters and the whole film look humorous but well, I can't buy that. There are also many things that doesn't make sense; I know this is intended for children but it could been so much better. 

Ted and Audrey.

This film is colorful, visually pleasing but it seems to me that this film is mostly about the furry trees and there is nothing more to it. In brief, this film is a huge disappointment when compared to the other films from its own studio such as the Despicable Me where there are so many elements in it. It really could have been so much better.


So, it is sad to say that I do not recommend this film, pretty sure there are plenty of films more amusing, more interesting, more meaningful and more heartwarming to watch than this. 

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Perhaps people who would like to see Dr. Seuss works come to life and those who want to discover his works (but lazy to read) may give this film a try. Pro-environment people may like this film as it is able to instill environmental concerns, especially to children.

PS. This is a go-green and anti-business with low corporate responsibility film. 

Details of the movie
Director: Chris Renaud
Producer: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Story: Dr. Seuss
Screenplay: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: John Powell
Studio: Illumination Entertainment
Starring: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Betty White, Jenny Slate
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy Family
Running time: 86 mins
Budget: USD 70,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 348,840,316 est.

Official website(s)

Illumination Entertainment
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

The Lorax (2012) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character

The Lorax (2012) Movie Quotes
This is the shortest list of movie quotes I have so far.
  1. I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
  2. There's more to this story than what's on the page, so please pay attention while I set the stage.
  3. We open in Thneedville, a city they say that was plastic and fake, and they liked it that way! 
  4. A town without nature, not one living tree.
  5. In Thneedville, we manufacture our trees. Each one is made in factories and uses 96 batteries.
  6. In Thneedville, the air's not so clean so we buy it fresh It comes out this machine!
  7. In Thneedville, we don't want to know where the smog and trash and chemicals go.
  8. Aloysius O'Hare, the man who found a way to sell air and became a zillionaire.
  9. In Thneedville, we love living this way. It's like living in paradise. It's perfect!
  10. Love-the-life-we-lead-ville. Destined-to-succeed-ville. We-are-all-agreed-ville.
  11. People said that the touch of their tufts was softer than anything, even silk. And they smelled like butterfly milk! 
  12. What does that even mean? 
  13. What I want more than anything in the whole world is to see a real living tree growing in my backyard.
  14. I'd probably marry him on the spot. I bet that sounds crazy. Does that sound crazy?
  15. Ted, we already have a tree. It's the latest model.
  16. You would rather have some dirty, messy lump of wood that just sticks out of the ground?
  17. Look at what we've got. It's the Oak-amatic. The only tree with its own remote. Summer, autumn, winter, and disco!
  18. Would you be a dear and go get them for me?
  19. People used to say if you brought him 15 cents, a nail and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail, he would tell you everything.
  20. You really think people are stupid enough to buy this? 
  21. Our research shows that if you put something in a plastic bottle, people will buy it.
  22. If somehow your invention ends up a failure instead of a success, oh, it wouldn't surprise me at all!
  23. I'm going to prove you all wrong.
  24. I'm going to eat this, but I am highly offended by it.
  25. You got a beautiful town here, Ted. Lots of fun stuff to occupy your short attention span.
  26. Because when a guy does something stupid once, well, that's because he's a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, it's usually to impress some girl.
  27. I didn't mean you any harm. I just wanted to calmly float you away.
  28. This is a revolutionary product that will change the world as we know it.
  29. Well, fortunately, you are not the target market, weirdo.
  30. That's a woman?
  31. On behalf of the trees, get out!
  32. You're running a business now. You have to do what's best for the company, and your momma.
  33. How bad can I be?
  34. All the customers are buying, the money's multiplying, the PR people are lying and the lawyers are denying!
  35. Because unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
  36. Get out of my house now. This is outrageous.
  37. You're going to help me plant it right in the middle of town where everyone can see it.
  38. Come on! We know why you're really against trees. Because they produce fresh air. For free!


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