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What to know: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.
Recommended age 5-12
86 minutes
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If you love nature and like to laugh this movie is a must see. This movie is about a 12-year-oldlittle boy who's searching for a gift for, a high school girl, who he has a crush on. In the search for the gift, Ted learns about nature and the Lorax. The Lorax is the guardian of the forest. The voice-overs are by Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny De Vito and Betty White. I like that the movie show you how we can protect the earth. This movie shows us how sometimes we forget that the earth needs caring. I give this movie 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for kids ages 6 to 18. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Do you speak for the trees? Well even if you do or you don't, you'll enjoy this film. Hi, this is Julianna Noone reporting for KIDS FIRST! Today I will be reviewing the film The Lorax, adapted from the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. This film is about a twelve year old boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who will do anything for his dream girl, Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift). All Audrey wants is a real tree and Ted is determined to get her one, even if that means discovering the story of the Lorax. My favorite characters are Grandma (voiced by Betty White) and Audrey. I like Grandma because she is really funny and even though she seems a little out of it, she always knows what Ted is up to and she is just willing to help Ted no matter what. Also Grandma is awesome with her tricks and skills on the snowboard. I also like Audrey because she is so nice and so sweet and all she really wants is a real tree. My favorite scene is when the fish are singing. The fish are just so cute and always happy and singing. They are just so adorable. The animation in this film is fantastic and the colors are so beautiful and vibrant. I love the soundtrack to this movie as the music is great and adds so much to each and every scene. As with most Dr. Seuss books/films, there is a great message in this film, to protect your environment and to not be so selfish and wasteful. We should all do what we can to not pollute and harm the world we live in. I rate this film five out of five stars 5 stars because not only is this a great film for the entire family, but it also teaches everyone a great lesson, while being fun and entertaining. Look for this film on DVD and BluRay everywhere. And remember, Unless someone like you cares to do anything, it's not going to get better. No, it's not. I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees. Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Universal's latest release of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an absolute hit with the younger crowd with whom I hung out this past weekend. If there is one thing I have learned as an adult, it's that I'm no longer a kid. I don't know how kids think - about movies in particular and life in general. And since I don't know, I ask them and observe their reactions first-hand. The Lorax opened this weekend to not such great reviews from the critics but, let me tell you - from the time I walked into my local Cineplex whose lobby was filled to the gill with parents and kids for the early afternoon screenings, I knew this film appealed to families in a big way. I took my ten-year-old grandson who pleaded with me to take him. The 3D screening was sold out so we did the 2D with the promise that we would come back if he loved it and see it in 3D. And, we will be doing exactly that. The storyline takes the 1971 De. Seuss Book, The Lorax and follows it, if not faithfully, certainly in spirit. Directed by Chris Renaud, co-director of Despicable Me, delivers a whimsical, charming, playfully silly story with the strong environmental message that comes straight from the book into the heart. In fact, so much that the entire theater, full of mostly kids, burst into applause at the end of our screening. I love it when kids take up the environmental cause! In true Seussian form, we are treated to vivid imagery of whimsical imaginary places and people narrated in rhyme. Zac Efron delivers a splendid voice as Ted, the protagonist whose childhood crush on the girl next door (Taylor Swift) leads him outside the city walls in search of the Once-ler (Ed Helms), to find the truth about what happened to all the trees. You see, the entire city is made of artificial this and that, down to bottled air! The whole story behind selling bottled air draws a corollary to our culture's obsession with bottled water. Ted is urged on by his spunky grandmother (Betty White) whose memories of life before the lack of trees fuels his quest. Once Ted locates the Once-ler, the story spills out and we learn about the Lorax (Danny DeVito) and how the Once-ler and his family destroyed all the trees in the pursuit of wealth and greed. The movie makes a point of what happens to the environment when you put consumerism above everything else. And, that in and of itself brings about yet another issue, not of the film but about the marketing of the film. Universal's marketing campaign has been criticized for its more than 70 merchandise tie-ins. For a film whose message is anti-consumerism, the studio has plunged head first into multi-consumerisms from IHOP pancakes to Mazda SUV promotions. Of course, from the day it was first published, The Lorax has been criticized for its anti-consumerism message, most recently on Fox News. Fortunately, for the most part, kids don't get dragged into the environmental vs. consumerism debate. They are all pro-environment. And, they should be. It's what they will inherit, no matter what. The world we are creating today will be theirs tomorrow. For me and my grandson, we loved it. From the fabulous soundtrack to the colorful animation to the storyline and the perfectly cast voice talent. We will be back for a second screening because, we loved it!
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Starring the voice talent of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Ed Helms. Rated PG for mild language.
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