No where in Thneedville are there any real trees, Ted's family even owns one that's battery operated and changes colors for the season. It's his dream girl Aubrey, who sparks his desire to find a real tree so he can impress her and like all movie heros, end up with the girl. His quest takes him outside of the wall and into the post apocalyptic looking countryside, where it's dark, eerie, and there are tree stumps as far as the eye can see. This is where Ted can find the one person who can help him, the mysterious character the Once-ler, who tells him the story of Truffala Valley deforestation and the lesson the Lorax tried to teach him.
Most adult viewers of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax will expect the environmental undertones, but may not expect the message to come in such a delightfully animated, cleverly written, smart and entertaining film. I've yet to see another character abandon his principals to such a big muscial number with a catchy tune! Plus the casting of Betty White as Ted's Grammy Norma was ingenious. The Lorax, while at times gruff and serious, also posesses enough wiseness and caring to make him the perfect foil to O'Hare and one who really does speak for the trees.
- Serenade: Two Bar-ba-loots -- one love shy and the other suave and confident -- battle for the heart of their would-be sweetheart with the help of a colorful cast of characters, including the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
- Wagon-Ho: Two Bar-ba-loots take The Once-ler’s wagon on a ride they won’t soon forget.
- Forces of Nature: Determined to scare The Once-ler out of Truffula The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature.
We received the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack to review, I love combo packs! We have a copy for the car and home plus a digital version we still need to download. I love that with new technology we have even more options for portability and can use our our netbook, tablet, or even smart phones - when I get one of those, I hope soon! This movie is perfect for family movie night! Be sure to download the activity sheet, linked above, and learn how to draw a humming fish with the video embedded below. Both would make fabulous activities to extend family time! (Subscribers may need to click over to the post to view.)
Disclosure: A complimentary review copy was provided. The experiences and opinion related within are personal and unbiased. No other compensation was received.