Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a hilarious computer-animated musical comedy film based upon the beloved children’s book of the same name. The Lorax, which Theodore “Dr. Suess” named as his favorite work, was brought to life in stunning detail by Chris Meledrandri and his acclaimed film-making team at Illumination Entertainment. It is the third film created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, HOP).
The movie takes place in Thneedville, a city where all things are fake and made of plastic. Everything is new and manufactured, including the flowers and trees. Each plastic tree comes alive (lights up) using 96 batteries. The town is completely without nature and the community people like it that way. The water is toxic from all the chemicals, making anything that swims in it glow, and the air is so polluted it has to be bought from zillionaire Aloysius O’Hare. It is every environmentalist’s worst nightmare!
Ted Wiggins (voice of Zac Efron), a twelve-year-old boy who lives in Thneedville, sets out to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to win the affections of Audrey (voice of Taylor Swift) –the girl of his dreams. He gets advice from his spunky grandmother (Betty White) to visit the Once-ler (Ed Helms), the man that knows what happened to the real trees. On his journey to speak to the Once-ler, Ted discovers his town is closed off from the outside world, which happened to be nothing but a contaminated smelly wasteland. After hearing the Once-ler tell his story about why there is no trees, Ted learns of the Lorax (Danny DeVito) — the grumpy, yet charming, guardian of the forest who speaks for the trees!
My family received an advanced Blu-ray copy of the Lorax for review. We totally adored the film! It offers everything you could imagine a Dr. Seuss’ movie to have. The humorous rhymes, quirky songs, and breathtaking splashes of color—it is all there! The motion picture adaptation used some of the best quotes from the original book and the marvelous moral lesson not to waste precious resources and protect nature comes across in amazing visual detail. LOVED IT! It is a must see for all ages.
DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Combo Packs contain a Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android (or select online retailers), as well as UltraViolet. UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to computers, tablets and smart phones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAY COMBO PACK BONUS FEATURE EXCLUSIVES
- 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 Valley, The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature.
- MAKING OF THE MINI MOVIES—Go behind the scenes at Illumination Mac Guff to see the joys and challenges of continuing the characters’ stories in the dynamic format of the mini movie.
- DELETED SCENE
- SEUSS TO SCREEN—A fascinating look into the translation of Seuss’ iconic style from book into the big feature film canvas.
- SEUSS IT UP!— A great tutorial on how to draw the Lorax, a Humming-Fish and a Bar-ba-loot in the unique Seuss style.
- TRUFFULA RUN—The player moves left and right to avoid obstacles while attempting to pick up berries with modes for easy, medium and hard. As difficulty increases, the player will have more obstacles to avoid.
- “LET IT GROW” SING ALONG— Karaoke-style sing along to the end credit version of Let It Grow.
- FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-DIRECTORS CHRIS RENAUD & KYLE BALDA
- ONCE-LER’S WAGON— While the Once-ler is away peddling his wares, the curious forest creatures have fun with his belongings. Users can select an item for the creatures to mimic or play with and then watch the adorable antics of all the forest friends.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE BLU-RAY
- GET OUT OF TOWN—In this game, the player must 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.
ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIVE COMBO PACK FEATURES
ULTRAVIOLET™—The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.
DIGITAL COPY—Viewerscan redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
uHEAR: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
pocket BLU APP—The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad, Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
- Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
- Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
- Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
- Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
- Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
CAST AND FILMMAKERS
Cast: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White
Based on the Book by: Dr. Seuss
Screenplay By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Executive Producers: Audrey Geisel, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Produced By: Christopher Meledandri, Janet Healy
Directed By: Chris Renaud
Co-directed By: Kyle Balda
Music By: John Powell
Edited By: Ken Schretzmann ACE, Claire Dodgson, Steven Liu
Art Director: Eric Guillon
Production Designer: Yarrow Cheney
FREE Lorax Fun Activity Sheet!