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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) 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… 2012-03-02 PG PT94M Animation Danny DeVito Zac Efron Ed Helms Taylor Swift Universal Pictures
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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

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TREE TOPS Another Dr. Seuss book comes to life in The Lorax
Image credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment
TREE TOPS Another Dr. Seuss book comes to life in The Lorax

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The message and beautiful colors are enough to tame any of perceived violence. And if there's anywhere the language is not a problem, it's here in Dr. Seuss land. A.W.

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

The message and beautiful colors are enough to tame any of perceived violence. And if there's anywhere the language is not a problem, it's here in Dr. Seuss land.

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Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2012; Rated: PG; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms and Taylor Swift; 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+

Originally posted Feb 06, 2012 Published in issue #1197 Feb 09, 2012 Order article reprints
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