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Dr Seuss' The Lorax


Year: 2012 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda 
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito (voices)  
An image from Dr Seuss' The Lorax

Dr Seuss' The Lorax is a brilliant animated film based on Dr. Seuss’ book of the same name. It is a story of a world where everything is made out of synthetic materials, nothing is natural. A young boy, Ted, sets out to find a real tree to show the girl of his dreams, Audrey. There follows an adventure to try and bring back trees to their world, battling the boss of a bottled oxygen company in the process.

Not only does the film have a typically brilliant story from childhood favorite, Dr. Seuss, but it was made by the same studio which made the surprisingly hilarious and all-round good film, Despicable Me. Just as sumptuous in style, Dr Seuss' The Lorax is a treat every single frame and for that alone it deserves a watch.

Dr. Seuss’ stories always contain a strong moral and The Lorax's seems never more appropriate than in our times. Underplayed and well done, the message doesn't come across as overbearing; there is certainly no pandering to the younger audiences here. Renaud and Balda have also done a brilliant job translating Dr. Seuss’ particular style to the screen and have enabled his well-loved characters to truly come alive.

With a truly great cast of voice actors, lead by the indomitable Danny DeVito, and the brilliant animation, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is sure to be a hit. If Dr. Seuss was a staple in your childhood, then you do not want to miss this lovely little film.

Megan Lee

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Screenings of this film:

2012/2013 Autumn Term (35mm)