Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack — both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ so you can watch it anytime, anywhere — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters,available only on the Blu-ray™ Combo Packs. The film will also be available on DVD and Digital Download.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”– Dr. Seuss
The world in Lorax seems pretty bad. Thneed-ville is an artificial town, everything is plastic and you have to buy fresh air. But, there’s a boy, Ted (Zack Efron) who likes a girl Audrey (Taylor Swift) and this girl really wants to see a Truffula Tree. Now, Ted wants to impress Audrey and give her a tree but there’s a small problem. Trees are extinct thanks to the Once-ler (Ed Helms).
Ted’s Grammy Norma (Betty White) is way cool and remembers the days of real trees. She instructs Ted to find the Once-ler to learn what happened to the trees. Ted goes on his forbidden journey outside of Thneed-ville to the once beautiful Truffula Valley. He tracks down the Once-ler. The now hermit lives an area that is a wasteland. A small payment is enough for the Once-ler to tell his tale about the trees. The story speaks of adorable creatures, a Lorax, beautiful cotton candy styled trees and greed. If you know Dr. Seuss then I’m sure you can visualize the colorful, imaginary landscape. The Once-ler had ambitious dreams and created the once highly profitable Thneeds. The thing that no one really needed. He needed the Truffulas for his Thneeds and began cutting them down. His actions summoned the “Guardian of the Trees”, the Lorax (Danny DeVito). Lorax warns the Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the trees but of course, the Once-ler didn’t listen. You can only imagine what happens from there.
The Lorax is a popular Dr. Seuss book and the writers did a nice job transferring the story to the big screen. Corporate greed and environmental issues may go over some of the younger audiences heads but I’m sure they will enjoy the cute factor of the Bar-ba-loots bears and catchy tunes. Parents can discuss the film with their children and open up a dialogue about caring for the Earth and our neighbors. We’re never too young to learn about compassion and helping others. Hopefully our kids will care a whole awful lot to make this world a better place to live in and preserve the natural gifts around us. We enjoyed the movie and the 3D is stunning! There weren’t any scary scenes for my daughter. She was curious about the mysterious Once-ler and was happy to see him reveal himself at the end of the movie.
We love owning the combo packs of our favorite movies. The extras are awesome! Can’t get enough of the Truffula Valley characters? The Mini movies give you more Bar-ba-loots and Humming-Fish. Other bonus features include drawing tutorials, sing alongs and games!
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Rating: PG for brief mild language
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-RAYT 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.
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.
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Tee received a Blu-Ray Combo Pack from PR free of charge to facilitate this review. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.