Bottom Line: The Lorax is better than one would expect for a Seuss adaptation, if extremely unfaithful to its source.
“A tree falls in the direction it leans. Watch the way you lean.” –Danny DeVito as The Lorax
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Starring: Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Zac Efron
Entertaining Seuss adaptation about a boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who has taken an interest in trees. His generation has been taken over by a cruel man by the name of Mr. O’Hare (voiced by Rob Riggle), a wealthy and insensitive businessman who is selling fresh air to people individually because no trees are left to provide this necessity. Ted is told by his grandmother (voiced by Betty White) that there is a man outside of town named the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who had at one point told about how to find trees. Ted visits the Once-ler, and is told of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito), a brightly colorful orange creature who “speaks for the trees” and is adamant of the environment. In this story, the Once-ler recalls his flaws in creating a business: distributing a universally convenient invention called a Thneed, which involves chopping down every Truffula tree. Eventually, he informs Ted of how to replenish the Truffula tree population, but meanwhile, O’Hare’s evil government is using hidden cameras to spy on Ted and interfere with his wholesome plan.