Tweleve year old Ted has a crush on the neighbor girl, and will do anything to impress her - even brave the scary outside world to find the Truffula Tree she so badly wants. This journey sounds easier than it really is, as there are no trees left in this fake world mankind has built up, only outrageous plastic sanitized versions. There is no dirt, no grass, no natural nothing in the town of Thneedville. Even the food is overly processed blobs. So Ted gathers up fifteen cents, a nail, and the shell of a great-great-great grandfather snail to take to the secluded Once-ler to learn where to find a Truffula Tree. Not only does he learn the story of the Lorax, he also must fend off the greedy town owner who even sells air. Will he find the tree and get the girl of his dreams?
One of the best Dr. Seuss stories ever, The Lorax is more than timely in today's throwaway society where trees are being chopped down faster than the blink of an eye. The original story was written back in 1972, and it's almost as though Dr. Seuss knew what was on the horizon for our world. :( My daughter adored this movie, and even my DH was laughing in stitches throughout most of it! One can only hope that the majority of the folks who view this movie walk away learning the message that is in it. (As this is a movie review, and not a rant on the world today, I'll leave it at that) The colors in this movie are AMAZING.
While the movie is rated PG for mild language, nothing too obnoxious really stood out and caught my attention as a parent. (I've heard worse in "G" movies, sadly) The story is safe for all ages. Here's the trailer for the movie:
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Available in two disc combo pack with Blu-Ray, DVD, and an UltraViolet plus digital copy, as well as 3D Blu-Ray Combo packages, both sets include three all new mini movies: Serenade, Wagon-Ho, and Forces of Nature. The two disc combo pack also includes several featurettes including "The Making of the Mini-Movies", "Seuss to Screen", as well as a short drawing tutorial called "Suess It Up!". There is a deleted scene, a "Let It Grow!" sing-a-long video, some feature commentary with co-directors Chris Renaud and Kyla Balda, as well as a couple of remote games "Truffula Run", "Get Out Of Town", and "Once-ler's Wagon". It also contains Pocket-Blu, as app for smartphone and tablet viewing of this movie.
You can also download an activity sheet here, but hurry, as it's only available for a limited time:
The Lorax will be released tomorrow, Tuesday August 7th 2012, on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack (which features a DVD disc). Widescreen format, it is rated PG (see above), with a total running time of 87 minutes long. (Not including bonus features) The suggested retail price is $49.98, but Amazon has it available on pre-order for $27.99 as of this posting.
I received a copy of this Blu-Ray in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All personal opinions are my own.