Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a nice little gift.
It’s voiced by actors Efron, Helms and Swift.
They are country stars Taylor, Zac and Ed,
and there are others but let’s put it to bed.
The story is the reason we’re having this fun.
It’s wonderfully Seussian from beginning to done.
Danny DeVito’s the Lorax and Helms’ Once-ler clash.
He cuts down the forest and all for some cash.
The dastardly Once-ler, that gawdawful cad.
Ruining the forest is so Grinchian bad.
Never miss a local story.
Flash backward to Thneedville. No vegetation or trees.
Artificial green, the substitute can’t really please.
The polluted walled city has a greedy tycoon.
Mr. O’Hare sells air and is a nasty buffoon.
But that’s not the point, not really you know.
It’s just the start of the story and then you’re into the flow.
Teenage Ted our hero has a crush so you see.
He loves her, he needs her, but it cannot be.
His crush is on Audrey who’s really too older.
But something about her makes him quite bolder.
One day Audrey says there’s something amiss.
Ted, show me a tree and I’ll give you a kiss.
Inspired, on fire, and ready you see,
Ted slips out of Thneedville in terrific 3D.
An encounter with the Once-ler gets the gist of the story,
its’ mean, and it’s ugly and Seussian gory.
The Once-ler, it seems, had a marketing plan.
And it made his Thneeds the hit of the land.
To make them and sell them, he cut down all the trees.
In spite of the Lorax saying that won’t meet your needs.
The Lorax’s job is to protect the forest, the trees and the plants;
animals included from bears to the ants.
Too late, too late the Once-ler sees his mistake.
But the Lorax and the animals won’t give him a break.
Chris Renaud of Despicable Me
Did Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in two dimensions or three.
The 3D adds much to a message not preachy,
Take care of the environment and everything’s peachy.
Purists may complain, and complain very loud.
But it’s wonderfully clever, and will please the crowd.
Those three singing fish and a cute little bear,
Are lovable, cuddly and you’ll really care.
Purists, oh, purists and your 15-minute read,
think the producers did the movie purely for greed.
Yes, the movie needed some padding to give it some length,
It didn’t make it weaker, it gave it some strength.
Yes, the romance pads and adds to the time,
As does the walled city, and the boss of all crime.
But you should not, no not even complain.
Or let the changes give you some pain.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the fourth of his books made into a movie.
The other three tried but weren’t that all that groovy.
The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a Who
Were long, and were boring and just didn’t do.
Along comes The Lorax, who’s saving the trees.
Recommending it to you is easy, maybe even a breeze.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, March 2 at Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
Rating: 4 out of 5
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.