Dr. Seuss: The Lorax

Dr. Seuss: The Lorax
Dr. Seuss: The Lorax
  • UR
  • 25m
  • 2012
Rotten53%
Common Sense Media Iconage 5+
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The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Thus, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! And fate now rests in the hands of a caring child.
© 1972 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved. DR. SEUSS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten53%
Critics Consensus: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Rotten

It stinks.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Anton Bitel
Fresh

Amidst all the padding and razzle-dazzle 3D CGI, the Lorax himself and his grumpy admonitions are...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Guy Lodge
Rotten

About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Bruce Diones
Rotten

May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Outstanding 1970s parable about protecting nature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is not the 2012 theatrical version of The Lorax -- it's an early 1970s animated version of the Dr. Seuss book that tells a timeless story of humanity's relationship with the land, water, air, and animals that will appeal to kids. There are instances of cartoonish violence as the Truffula Trees are chopped down -- Seussian machines abound -- but the lesson imparted by the Lorax as he speaks for the trees and all of nature should spark positive discussions on what can be done to protect our planet.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:March 2, 2012
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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