Chris Renaud, the codirector of Despicable Me, turns the 1971 Dr. Seuss book into The Lorax, a candy-colored feel-good anticonsumerist musical. It’s got a winningly whimsical Seussian spirit, though it could have used a pinch of his doggerel-driven anarchy. (Seuss’ brilliantly playful language? Not there.) Zac Efron nicely voices Ted, a boy who wonders why there are no trees in Thneedville. His foray outside the city walls leads him to the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a hipster who found a paradise of trees that look like furry lollipops, then cut them all down to get rich. The movie is like a less original WALL?E, but it’s still vibrant and touching. B+
TREE TOPS Another Dr. Seuss book comes to life in The Lorax (Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment)
Genre: Animation; Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift; Director: Chris Renaud; Release Date Wide: 03/02/2012; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Universal Pictures
Posted August 1 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Lena Dunham's mother was critical of her 'Scandal' performance
- Brie Larson and Jimmy Fallon play 'The Whisper Challenge' on 'The Tonight Show'
- 'Scandal': Bellamy Young talks Fitz and Olivia's now-public affair
- Advocacy group criticizes 'The Martian' for changing Asian-American characters
- Julie Plec blogs the season 3 premiere of 'The Originals'
- Luke Evans, Henry Cavill join Nicholas Hoult in 'Sand Castle'
- This new preview of 'Room' will make you want to call your mom