Dr Seuss' The Lorax

  • U
  • Chris Renaud (2012)
  • US
  • 82 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Having exhausted the most famous works of Dr Seuss (The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch), Hollywood has now turned to his lesser-known books to provide reliably quirky kids' fare. The citizens of Thneedville live in an entirely artificial world, but curious young Ted (voiced by a suitably perky Zac Efron) ventures outside the city limits to bring back a real tree for Audrey, the girl of his dreams. There, he encounters the hermit-like Once-ler (Ed Helms), who recounts how his actions destroyed the forest, despite the best efforts of woodland guardian the Lorax (a pleasantly cranky Danny DeVito). Will Ted be able to restore nature's balance? The eco-message of the book was ahead of its time when it was published in 1971, and here is tempered with cheerful good humour and psychedelic imagery. But stretching a short children's book out to feature length means the brilliant simplicity of the story is somewhat lost. Nevertheless, the catchy songs, personable characters and heartfelt message mean this is still a sweet and enjoyable concoction.

Plot Summary

Premiere. A boy leaves his urban home in search of a real tree, and meets the reclusive industrialist who first created the city. The hermit tells the story of a grumpy forest creature who tried to stop him destroying the trees, and inspires the youngster to undo the damage that has been done. Animated fantasy based on the children's book, with the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Ed Helms. Includes The Angelus at 6.00 and RTÉ News: Six One and Weather at 6.01.

Cast and crew


The Lorax
Danny DeVito
The Once-ler
Ed Helms
Ted Wiggins
Zac Efron
Taylor Swift
Aloysius O'Hare
Rob Riggle
Grammy Norma
Betty White
Ted's mom
Jenny Slate
Once-ler's mom
Nasim Pedrad


Chris Renaud
Kyle Balda

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 13 Jul 2012
Certificate U