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Save the trees!
That is the message in this colorful, creative cartoon feature that makes a strong plea to future generations to protect the environment. While parents may find the message a bit overdone, hopefully the kids will understand the urgency of protecting our environment before it is too late.
Taken from the Dr. Seuss children's book, the hour and a half movie is partially in rhyme, with flashbacks as to how all the trees in Ted's town were cut down, turning Thneedville into a plastic environment. Without trees, the air became thin, giving the evil businessman the opening to sell bottled air.
Ted (voice of Zac Efron) wants to find a real tree to win the heart of Audrey (Taylor Swift). He escapes from the enclosed city to find the Once-ler and hear his story about how he chopped down all the trees, in spite of the warnings of the Lorax (Danny DeVito). If you want to get a bit mystical, you can compare the Lorax to a God-like figure who is warning his people about the dangers of not caring for their environment.
If you wish to spend the extra money for the 3D, it does add a bit to the very colorful film. There is also some good music, some borrowed and some new, including the big message song at the end, "Let It Grow.”
You'll recognize the voice of the wise grandmother as Betty White's. There are some cuddly bears and singing goldfish to add to the fun.
Adults will get the attacks on big business, including the reference to a company that is "too big to fail.” Hopefully, kids will get the message about saving our environment.
Rated PG, with nothing to worry about with kids of all ages.