Dr Seuss is one of the most adored authors of all-time, known for his absurd imagination that conjured up favourites such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. Alike so many films that are based on books, the latest to be brought to life is Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
The plot line sticks pretty solidly to the tale of the original book: a 12-year old boy, named Ted (Zac Efron), visits a secluded individual called the Once-ler (Ed Helms) and pleads with him to reveal why his world has no trees.
For its majority, The Lorax comprises of the Once-ler’s story’s visualisations, but it is the scenes focussing on Ted that cause the film to stray away from Dr Seuss’ tale. Ted’s motive for re-introducing trees is an ambitious attempt to impress Audrey (Taylor Swift), rather than for any environmental implications.
The corporate zillionaire Mr O’Hare (Rob Riggle) has already made his fortune selling bottled air to Thneedville’s public, to compensate for the lack of photosynthesis in the town, and it’s his desire to expand his power that complicates Ted’s quest.
So, you’re probably wondering where the Lorax (Danny DeVito) features. Well, the little orange, moustached creature appears in the Once-ler’s story to protect the forest, and attempts to prevent the storyteller from chopping down trees to use as material for the production of Thneeds – his multi-purpose invention that makes him extremely rich. However, the Once-ler ignores pleas from the Lorax and ultimately chops down every single tree. It’s now up to Ted to re-populate the town with greenery.
Here at Bring the Noise, we remember the story from childhood fondly, and it is refreshing to observe the unique mind, and witness the imagination, of Dr Seuss onscreen. The array of colours, previously only seen on paper, are brightened and enhanced in the film adaptation, and produce the stunning setting of Thneedville’s long-gone forest. Frighteningly, this is starkly contrasted with the dark and gloomy land where the Once-ler narrates his story. The casting is also faultless, with Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax’s grumpy, yet caring, nature with perfection.
With the major concerns of global warming, pollution and deforestation in contemporary society, Dr Seuss’ 1972 story could not possibly be more relevant today. Directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda obviously saw the opportunity to modernise the tale further, and include corporate greed, as well as a romantic pursuit, into the original tale; but thankfully it does not diminish the film’s credibility.
The Lorax is in cinemas now, and we recommend you go and see Dr Seuss’ imagination brought to life regardless of your age!
Written By: Matt Borucki