The Lorax is another addition to animated films that emerged from the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. The Lorax came to theaters on March 2nd 2012 and starred the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White. The Lorax received many and different reviews from critics all over the country. Let’s take a look at two movie reviews featuring The Lorax.
The Lorax: How Dr. Seuss Interprets His Views About The Environment
“Thirty years before Al Gore was demonized for telling the truth about global warming, Dr. Seuss was chastised for promoting environmentalism in his book The Lorax. Even before its publication in 1970, global deforestation was a major problem, and it continues to this day, especially in tropical regions. I will not provide the statistics here; there’s more than enough quality information on the net for you to research. I will say that deforestation is widely agreed amongst the world’s best environmental experts to be a major contributing factor in the extinction of species, the displacement of populations, soil erosion, and changes to climactic conditions. Amazing, how perfectly one of Seuss’ rhyming passages sums up the solution: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
This message is not lost in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a 3D computer animated adaptation of the book. Some have already pigeonholed the film as liberal indoctrination, which I think is sad and woefully ignorant. The environment is an issue that is neither liberal nor conservative. It affects each and every one of us.
Countless studies have proven this to be true. This movie does not promote a political position; it merely comments on what I believe to be well documented scientific facts. If you take the environment and science out of the equation altogether, it will still deliver a positive life message, one that I think people of all persuasions can agree on: Actions have consequences. Therefore, be sure to think things through and know exactly what you’re doing before moving forward.”
Full article at The Examiner
Another film critic has a different take on The Lorax, Here’s a movie review from Stephen Whitty:
A Different Take On Dr. Seuss The Lorax Movie
“This week’s new kid cartoon is called “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” and I guess that’s a good thing. Because without the author’s name in the title, you might wonder where it came from.
It’s not that it’s a dreadful cartoon. It just feels like every other middling cartoon. (If you want to appreciate how good Pixar and Dreamworks can be, sit through some animated movies they didn’t make.)
Of course, the source material isn’t that great to begin with.
“The Lorax” came out the year after the first Earth Day, and during Dr. Seuss’ preachiest period; whimsical charm definitely took a backseat to pointed lessons about recycling and reforestation.
Well, okay. If we absolutely have to have a message, personally I’d prefer the one-tiny-size-fits-all lesson of “Horton Hears a Who.” But as a rule, outside of the lunatic fringe, I think we can all agree that trees are a good thing, and pollution is a bad one.
But there’s not that much more to the original book than that message. And there’s even less here.
At least, the real Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” had, well, Dr. Seuss, and his wonderful art. But this “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” eschews his unique style in favor of less risky, more generic characters. It looks like something you’ve seen before.”
Read the rest of the review at nj.com