Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Lorax: Fun For All Ages

The Lorax is a film based on the children's book by Dr. Seuss.  If you haven't read the book, then there is something terribly wrong with you.  It's a classic, even if iit seemed rather weird while reading it as a child.

Last night, I had the opportunity to take Chloe to see the film.I think she summed it up best as I was putting her in her carseat:  "That was fun, daddy!"

We get into the theater a few minutes early, so I chase Chloe and visa versa to burn off some of her energy.  As the movie's getting ready to start, she asks for "sunglasses."  We had tried taking her to The Lorax once before and it was in 3D, as was Beauty and the Beast, the last movie she saw.  Because we had waited so long to see it, the only showings left are normal.  Chloe's intuition proved to be right; this movie would have been even more fun in 3D.

If you've read the story, you know the plot of the movie.  They stuck to it pretty well, with a few enhancements to stretch the short children's novel into a full-length animated film.  Dr. Seuss's widow worked on the project, ensuring that it would stay true to her late husband's vision.  The two main characters in the movie were shout-outs to Mr. and Mrs. Seuss.

The movie was very entertaining.  There was plenty of singing to enthrall young kids, slapstick comedy reminiscent of the 3 Stooges to captivate older kids, and deeper humor (along with a few political messages) to keep adults laughing.  My favorite line (paraphrasing from memory):  "If a boy does something stupid once, well, he's a boy.  It's to be expected.  If he does the same stupid thing twice, then it's for a girl."

Yet throughout, it was able to maintain its cautious duel warning to safeguard our planet from overuse and that one person really can make a difference.  Its a fun yet sobering movie that I plan on one day owning.

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