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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' The LoraxChris Renaud, the codirector of Dr. Seuss' The LoraxAnimationPT94MPGChris Renaud, the codirector of 2012-08-01Universal Pictures
TREE TOPS Another Dr. Seuss book comes to life in The Lorax

TREE TOPS Another Dr. Seuss book comes to life in The Lorax (Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment)

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Genre: Animation; Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift; Director: Chris Renaud; Release Date Wide: 03/02/2012; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Universal Pictures

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+

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