Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is based off the classic Dr. Seuss book about the magical tree creature who tries to protect the forest from the greedy Once-ler. The film centers around a young boy, Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) in search of a truffala tree after talking to Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift) about how all she wants for her birthday is to see a real life tree. Ted will stop at nothing to get the girl of his dreams her one birthday wish. He sets out on an adventure to find a tree and discovers more than he hoped for.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a beautiful children’s story. The film is told by The Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) and how his strange invention changed his life and his friend’s home and environment. It’s quite educational, about how trees give off oxygen and how people don’t have to spend money to breathe fresh air. One character, Mr. O’Hare (voiced by Rob Riggle) made a fortune on selling air and if Ted finds a tree, he will lose money on his expensive air in a bottle invention.
The voice acting in this film is terrific. Danny Devito is perfect for the role of The Lorax. He adds humor and compassion to the character. He’s a strong, yet tiny character. Zac Efron is adorable as Ted, fighting for affection from the girl of his dreams and to save his world from being swindled by the deceitful Mr. O’Hare. Ed Helms does a great job as The Once-ler, by almost disguising his voice as the character is older. It was unrecognizable which really makes the audience question if it is the same person or not. Betty White is hysterical as Grammy Norma. She is hip, fun and loving as Ted’s kooky grandmother. Taylor Swift was good too, the only disappointing element was that throughout the film there are a few musical numbers and Taylor Swift and Zac Efron don’t sing. It was upsetting since both actors, especially Swift, are known to sing, and sing really well. The entire time, throughout the songs I was just waiting for either of their characters to belt out a few verses, and it never occurred. I thought that the songs were the main reasons why the two of them were cast, but surprisingly not. They both were excellent besides that.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is highly recommended to children of all ages, and to anyone who enjoys film with humor, heart and the belief that one person can truly change the world for better, or for worse.