VIDEO: The Lorax (2012)

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Joey takes a look-
at a beloved book-
made into a movie-
that smells like dookie!

You see, this rhyming business is easy!

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  • Sofie Liv

    Dear lord does this movie annoy the hell out of me.

    As people can might imagine, I like the original story of the Lorax a lot, I think it’s a very strong piece, potentially doctor suess’ best. I don’t know, don’t take me up on that one, I only said potentially.

    And this movie just sucks the sarcastic tone as well as the genuine deep felt warmth straight out of it, just.. urgh..  Look kids! Birdies and colours! don’t think we have birdies and colours! I like a good loud exstravagant musical number, I even have genuine weakness’s towards them, but people CONTEXT!

    grumble grumble grumble

    • Joseph Tedesco

      You’re telling me! I doubt there would ever be a perfect adaptation of this book to full-length feature film. Though something similar been done in Wall-E, so there’s that… and an episode of “Spongebob” where Mr. Krabs runs a Jellyfish-jelly factory…

      I find it ironic when people tell me that “Horton Hears a Who” was padded out and that this wasn’t. There’s literally a scene which spends five minutes watching forrest animals eating marshmallows… no, that’s not padding! The marshmallow subplot was SOOOOO necessary… ugh.

      • Sofie Liv

         didn’t comment on the Horton video, but honestly.. I find that movie to be decent but not that good, it’s there, it fills out it’s time nicely, it was cosy company for while it lasted, but then it left and I am left thinking nothing much about it.

        This how-ever, annoys me very much.. oh yes, Marshmallow sub-plot, good thing they took time out to spend time on that, instead of showing us, oh I don’t know, the forest decaying and the animals having to leave one by one in a ever slow destruction until nothing is left. Hah no, we’ll handle that in one single scene MARSHMALLOWS!

        • Joseph Tedesco

          With “Horton Hears a Who” the ending didn’t disappoint and left me incredibly invested; even when I already knew what was going to happen. When you take Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks out of the equation; it’s one of the best computer animated movies i’ve seen from another studio. Mainly since there was real integrity to adapting a Dr. Seuss story while keeping the message in tact. But again… that’s just me!

  • Thomas Stockel

    I enjoyed the original cartoon for the reasons you pointed out; with it’s ambiguous ending combined with the fact that the Wunztler is portrayed as not being wholly evil it is a very adult children’s story.  The Wunztler points out he is employing thousands of factory workers and stopping his operation hurts them.  And the Lorax has no easy answer.

    I’m glad I didn’t see this train wreck of a movie.

    • Joseph Tedesco

      There really isn’t a point to seeing this movie, especially since there were so many better animated movies to come out this year (Wreck it Ralph and Paranorman to name a few!). 

      That’s what I like about Dr. Seuss. Rather than having to read too deep for a message, the good doctor manages to make it subtle. BTW he wrote the teleplay for the original short!

  • Cheshire Cat

    I never got into Dr Suess because, even as a kid, I HATED Cat in The Hat. In the end, he got away with all his destruction. There were no consequences to anything he did. Since then I have gotten over myself a bit, but I still can’t bring myself to pick up anything Suess.

    • Joseph Tedesco

      When you mention when “he” got away from the destruction, you’re referring to “The Once-ler” or Dr. Seuss. 

      Because that was my biggest problem. The movie shouldn’t tell us that things will get better when he gives Ted the seed. He’s given a choice between being thinking of himself or others. It was treated poorly and turned into a run-of-the-mill kids movie.

      • Cheshire Cat

        The Once-ler, of course. And Cat in The Hat. They just get away with everything. I respect Dr Suess, he was (is?) a great storyteller. I just can’t read him. Shame really.

        • Joseph Tedesco

          As far as children books go, my favorites were anything Chris Van Allsburg worked on. His books always felt big and epic! It was latter in life that I appreciated Dr. Seuss more from a cartoonist perspective.