“ Genre: Children's DVDs - Animation / Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda / Actors: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White ... / DVD released 2012-08-07 at Universal Studios / Features of the DVD: Animated, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC „
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Since getting Now TV, me and my daughter have been enjoying films that we haven't had the chance of watching before but really wanted to watch, one of these is The Lorax.
Thneedville is a place where everything is fake, even the tree's! O'Hare is the most powerful man in town and even tries to bottle the air to sell, after all anything sold in a bottle makes money (apparently!). Ted, a young lad does all that he can to grab the attention of his crush, Audrey and when Audrey shows him the painting of the tree's on the back of her house, she lets him into a secret, her one and only wish is to see, touch and have a real tree. Trying to impress Audrey, Ted wants to find her a real tree and his granny helps him on his way and tells him about Once-Ler who lives outside of the towns walls but will be able to tell him all about real trees.
Ted manages to get out of town to visit Once-Ler in his spooky house and Once-Ler agrees to tell him the story of what happened to the trees. O'Hare finds out about Ted escaping the town and threatens him not to go back again. Ted obviously ignores him and finds out that Once-Ler was a poor peasant man and when coming across a field full of tree's, chops one down and comes up with his very own invention. Cutting down the tree brings Lorax to life, the protector of the tree's but Lorax can't stop Once-Ler from cutting them all down. Will Ted be able to impress Audrey with a real tree after all?
I hadn't read the Dr Seuss book of The Lorax but I have read some others and this film wasn't really what I was expecting. I think most people know that Dr Seuss has a good way with words and jumbling them up so I was expecting some of that to be included, even just little snippets but there isn't any included at all which was a shame. The crazy world is good, I love the way the artificial town is very plain looking with dark shadows cast over it a lot of the time, in contrast to that, the back story of the Lorax is so bright and colourful, the trees almost have a cotton wool lollipop look to them and the animals are comical.
I feel like the film was really dragged out, surely being the Lorax, it shouldn't of featured so much of Ted and O'Hare, sure, it was kind of needed for the whole story but these scenes didn't need to be quite so long. Even the Lorax story featured a lot of padding and I feel that the 82 minute running time could have been shortened by 10 minutes quite easily. My four year old daughter was quite bored watching this film and did get distracted on a few occasions.
The film features some musical numbers that I can't really remember apart from the opening song that was catchy and my daughter danced along too. The voice actors were brilliant, Danny DeVito did a brilliant job of voicing the Lorax and brought across the grumpiness of him really well. Zac Efron and Taylor Swift did an equally good job of voicing Ted and Audrey.
I wasn't hugely impressed with this film, I was expecting some kind of brilliant spectacle but it wasn't at all. The visuals, especially in the out of town scenes, were fantastic and the voices were well done but apart from that the film was a bit of a let down.
~*~*~ The Lorax ~*~*~
This is one of my sons favourite films, he's only two so does like to go between watching different things but he often asks to watch this as he loves the song at the beginning! He dances and sings and just gets so excited about it but then he will sit down with me and cuddle in to watch the rest of the film, that meaning I too have seen this film way too many times!
~ What is it? ~
This is a film based on Dr Seuss book The Lorax.
It begins with an introduction to the film by the Lorax and then opens into a musical beginning. The song is really upbeat and pretty much shows us the town - Thneedville that the film is set around. It's a town with no trees, where the residents have to buy fresh bottled air from Aloysius O'Hare who has become a Zillionaire from this!
As the film moves on we see Ted who wants to find out about trees and the story carries on from there with Ted defying Aloysius O'Hare to find out everything he can about trees.
~ My thoughts ~
This is quite an enjoyable film I will admit. It's nice and bright and has lots going on to keep you interested throughout, my son love the songs although my 10 year cringes now as soon as the Lorax starts to speak and exclaims with exasperation ' Not again!!!' (how does he think I feel!)
There's a little love story going on through the film and I just find it all really lovely.
I quite like this film, not as much as my son of course but it is a good watch.
It has a good star cast and you can tell as it comes across very well, it's well portrayed and well played out.
~ The cast ~
Zac Efron as Ted Wiggins
Danny DeVito as the Lorax
Ed Helms as the Once-ler
Taylor Swift as Audrey
Rob Riggle as Aloysius O'Hare
Betty White as Grammy Norma, Ted's grandmother
Jenny Slate as Mrs. Wiggins, Ted's mother
Nasim Pedrad as 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.
Danny Cooksey as Brett and Chet, the Once-ler's brothers.
Additional voices were provided by Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, John Cygan, Debi Derryberry, Bill Farmer, Jess Harnell, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Laraine Newman, Jan Rabson, Claira Nicole Titman, and Jim Ward
Everyone voices the parts very well and the characters come to life on the screen.
I enjoy it (sometimes)!
Thanks for reading :o) x