I’m 51 years old and my most anticipated movie of the year has finally been released! DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX arrived yesterday (8/7/12) on both a Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (both sets featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™) from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Seem strange? It shouldn’t. Dr. Seuss was a brilliant writer and the worlds he created have been enjoyed for generations.
In this new animated film, Dr. Seuss’ world in created in a brilliant 3D world by an acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment, the same group who created Despicable Me. The film was directed by Chris Renaud from the adapted screenplay by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, HOP, Horton Hears a Who). The town of Thneedville, is the location of this animated adventure.
THE LORAX stars veteran actor, Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Twins, L.A. Confidential) as the voice of Lorax, and funnyman Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, “The Office”) provides the voice the the Lorax’s nemesis, the Once-ler. Also included in the cast is heartthrob Zac Efron (High School Musical, The Lucky One, 17 Again) as the idealistic 12-year-old Ted who’s searching for the Lorax; plus the lovely and talented Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as the girl of Ted’s dreams, Audrey; actor Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Big Miracle) provides the voice of the villainous O’Hare; comedian Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, “SNL”) plays Ted’s protective mother; and the incomparable funny lady Betty White (The Proposal, “Hot in Cleveland”) shares her brilliant talent as the wise Grammy Norma.
We received the 3D version and it brings the Lorax to life! The 3D Combo Pack includes three new mini-movies including:
- Serenade – The mini-movie stars two Bar-ba-loots, one love shy and the other smooth and self-assured. The duo battle for the heart of their prospective sweetheart with the aid of a vibrant cast of characters, which include the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
- Wagon-Ho – The Once-ler’s are taken on a wagon ride by two Bar-ba-loots. They who won’t soon forget this trip!
- Forces of Nature – The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature in a bid to scare the The Once-ler out of Truffula Valley for good!
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE BLU-RAYTM:
GET OUT OF TOWN GAME — Help Ted navigate through town on his scooter in order to make it to the Lerkim and meet the Once-ler. At the end of each level, Ted must solve an obstacle puzzle to advance to the next section. There are three levels and three puzzles to complete to win the game.
O’HARE TV— Watch the Lorax with hilarious commercial interruptions courtesy of O’Hare TV.
EXPEDITION TO TRUFFULA VALLEY—Explore and navigate within the Truffula Valley to learn more about how the characters and creatures come to life.
But how’s the movie? Everything I hoped for and more. It’s a sweet movie that I’ll admit to sharing a small tear for. The story is as good today as it was in the 70’s when I first read it. Dr. Seuss is timeless and the movie makers did a great job of recreating the look and feel of the original story.
Pick up THE LORAX – it’s available everywhere. Rated PG for reportedly mild language but it is indeed mild and went unnoticed by myself and two other viewers – we’d rate it G ourselves.