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Review: Dr. Suess’ The LORAX

February 9, 2012

We had the great opportunity to see a pre-screening of Dr. Suess’ The LORAX in 3D. I have to be honest though — I didn’t know much about the movie — only that my seven-year old daughter had seen the trailers and wanted to go. I’m alsways up for a movie though, so we packed up 4 kiddos (ages 4, 5, 6, and 7) and headed on out.

The movie is an adaptation of the classic tale, from the original 1971 book,  of a forest creature, The Lorax, who is an “ambassador” of the trees. The animated adventure follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams: a live tree. Because in his time, real trees don’t exist anymore and people buy bottled air because of the poor environment. To find a live tree he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Now — that sounds pretty heavy for a children’s audience, but I was both surprised and pleased how kid-friendly the message was! Delivered by bright, engaging 3-D graphics, the legacy of cute and unusual creatures made famous by Dr. Suess drives home a message of protecting the Earth’s natural resources. The main character isn’t a bad guy. In fact, he’s warm, funny and you really like him. But, he makes poor decisions that leads to a world with no trees. You find yourself rooting for the trees, with leaves like cotton candy, from the moment you see them! So, not to give too much away, not only is the message about the environment, it is also the story of redemption.

This 94-minute movie is rated PG for mild language, although honestly I heard nothing inappropriate. There is one mildly scary scene involving thunder and lightening — but that shouldn’t dissuade you from seeing it when it opens March 2nd. You can see lot’s of fun trailers here and the official movie site here. I’d highly recommend visiting the official movie site as they have lots of fun things like The Lorax ‘Stache, Lorax Green Cards, and more!

Important Info:
Rated PG
94 minutes long
Opens March 2nd
Official site

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