With everything that happened last week a lot of people could use the simple joy of a good kid’s movie. And Earth Day just happened, so Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax seems all the more appropriate.
SPOILER ALER IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE OR READ THE CHILDREN’S BOOK
Like most movies based on children’s books, they had to add a lot of backstory and musical numbers to turn The Lorax into a full length movie. So they added Thneed-Ville, a town where the citizens all buy bottled air (A concept you laugh at as you take a sip from your bottled water). The boy from the book, Ted, is from this town. They also gave him a love interest (Taylor Swift), and a comic relief granny voiced by Betty White.
And as far as adding muscial numbers goes, this is by far the most absurdly catchy
As you can see Ed Helms brings a lot more character to the Once-ler, with his pimpin’ green suit and mad guitar skills. In the books you don’t even see the Once-ler’s face. The movie also shows a lot more of his family, revealing that they are a bunch of complete assholes (Seriously, there has not been a shittier family in a kid’s movie since Cinderella). The only better casting job than Ed Helms is Danny Devito as The Lorax. There hasn’t been a more perfect animated role for him since Philoctetes in Disney’s Hercules. Sometimes it takes a short lumpy man to voice a short lumpy character. But what makes this movie truly awesome is its blatant environmentally-friendly message.
I feel like it’s safe to assume that the next time you don’t recycle, Captain Planet and The Lorax will come and kick your ass.
Side Note: If you’ve ever wanted this classic children’s book read to you by a British man then here ya go: