Friday Flicks: Can Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Charm Kids and Grown-Ups Alike?

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Tagline: Meet The Original Force Of Nature

Dr. Seuss’ books are delightfully old-school. But in 2012, you’re nobody without harnessing the power of technology, and so Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax comes at us with all possible bells and whistles.

The movie is an adaptation of the classic tale of a young boy searching for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. And by uncovering the tale of the Lorax, a grumpy yet charming creature fighting to protect his world, our hero might just realize his ambitions.

Danny DeVito voices the mystical orange creature, and there’s some serious casting firepower at the younger end of the age scale with Zac Efron (Ted) and Taylor Swift (Audrey) rounding out the main players. In any case, the teenage and more senior audience seems a given, but what about the rest of us? Early indications are that it might be in the running for an Oscar nomination (Friday Flicks hopes that’s the official start of the 2013 awards season) though Pixar’s Brave must be considered the early favorite (See? Awards season is on). “Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously-rendered 3D-CG landscape, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop,” raves the Hollywood Reporter. And Slant notes that the director Chris Renaud “crafts his action with equal doses of surreal sweetness, silliness, and flair, and does so without ever feeling overly pushy and desperate to please.”

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