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‘The Lorax’ rekindles childhood memories for all movie-goers

March 9, 2012

“The Lorax” was playing and my friends and I weren’t sure how we would like it, but we decided to give it a shot.

The movie was released into theaters on March 2, which was also the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss.

“The Lorax” movie was based on the story written by Dr. Seuss and it was about a 12-year-old boy named Ted, whose voice was provided by Zac Efron.

Ted went looking for information about trees and possibly even to find one for his crush, Audrey, whose voice was provided by Taylor Swift.

Ted had to leave his treeless world known as Thneedville and set out to find the Once-ler who was said to have information about where all the trees went.

Ed Helms provided the Once-ler’s voice. Thneedville is under the control of Mr. O’Hare, who is portrayed by Rob Riggle.

He sells oxygen and has lied to the citizens by telling them that trees are bad so he can continue to make money.

The Once-ler, who was at first very unfriendly decided to tell Ted the story about how he had destroyed all of the beautiful trees that once existed by cutting them down and using them for a product called a Thneed until all of the trees were gone.

The Lorax came into the story, as he was the spokesperson for the trees and tried to convince the Once-ler not to cut them down and to save the lives of the many animals that surrounded them.

Danny DeVito portrayed the voice of the Lorax and brought humor into this PGmovie. Throughout the movie, you learn how the Once-ler regretfully destroyed the trees and how Ted was determined to find a tree for Audrey.

With the help of Ted’s Grandma, who was portrayed by the humorous Betty White, Ted was finally given the last tree seed and was told by the Once-ler to plant it in the middle of town to convince the citizens of Thneedville that their city can get oxygen for free from the trees and that Mr. O’Hare is lying.

The ending to this movie was rather hilarious due to the characters, especially Betty White.

Overall this movie was unexpectedly funny and entertaining to watch. I thought the actors and actresses who portrayed the voices of “The Lorax” characters gave the movie depth and made it better than what I had thought it was going to be.

Although it had some slow moments, I found this 86- minute long movie a well worth my time experience. Not only is this movie kid friendly, but the humor that is added gives entertainment for adults as well.

Samantha Mayberry is a junior and is majoring in journalism. She is from Rochester, Minn., and loves to read, listen to music and take pictures.