Based on Dr. Seuss' 1971 classic book, this Chris Renaud-directed animated film serves up fun along with a heavy ecological message.
Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) is an energetic boy who has a crush on Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), a cute blond who lives down the street in the Town of Thneedville. She tells him that she would love to have a real truffula tree of her very own and before you can say "truffula", Ted takes off on his scooter to find one.
The town used to be beautiful with green grass, fresh air and trees that looked like tall wooden stalks topped with candy-colored fluff. Now, Thneedville has green painted concrete to imitate grass, phony-looking trees that change colors with a remote control and bottled air sold by the Town's greedy tycoon, because the air quality is so bad.
Ted finds a man outside of town named Once-ler (Ed Helms) who tells him a story about how he cut down all the trees long ago in a get-rich-quick scheme, and about the Lorax (Danny DeVito provides a gruff, yet authoritative voice), who guarded the forest. Although his prospects for finding a tree for Audrey are dim, Ted is determined to somehow deliver the goods.
There's a couple of good songs and the animation is very colorful and imaginative. Even though the message hits you over the head, younger children will love the cute Humming-Fish, adorable Bar-ba-loots and of course, The Lorax himself.