Efron and Swift star in The Lorax

Efron and Swift star in The Lorax

Universal Pictures

Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” educates children on the terrible repercussion that can come with the abuse of the environment

Marielle Arostegui, Staff Writer

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” educates children on the terrible repercussion that can come with the abuse of the environment, and while the movie takes on a lighthearted tone with bright in-your-face scenery, talking furry animals, and numerous musical numbers, its main point discusses the heavy topic of today’s companies mistreating our world’s natural resources.

Set in the town of Thneed-Ville where plastic trees fill yards, artificial lights illuminate the day, and everyone buys bottled air, a girl named Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift) dreams of seeing a real, live tree. Luckily for Audrey, her neighbor Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) has a big crush on her, and he is willing to do anything just to impress her.

Ted’s quest to dazzle Audrey leads him to seek out the Once-ler, the only man that knows what happened to all the Trufulla trees. Through the Once-ler’s greediness, only one Truffalla seed remains, and Ted is determined to plant this seed despite the citizens of Thneed-Ville oppositions to trees.

The stand out factor of this film was the actors ability to give their animated characters life and a huge personality to fit this colorful film. Ed Helms, who lent his recognizable voice to the Once-ler, not only brought his charming personality to this somewhat villainous character but also his surprisingly wonderful singing voice. Scene after scene, Helms serenades the audience with his catchy songs and is able to hold even the youngest of viewers attention throughout the film.

In keeping with the style of Dr. Seuss, the movie is done in a very whimsical way: with bright colored trees and scenery, people of all shapes and sizes, and a multitude of rhymes and tongue twisters. Often movies are released in both 2D and 3D, but the 3D adds nothing but profit to the film. This is not the case for “The Lorax”, which came to life in the theater because of the 3D option. The rich colors and textures of the Truffula tress as well as the creatively animated citizens of Thneed-ville would have lost some of their “Seuss” like quailties had it not been 3D.

Though the topic is a controversial subject to discuss, “The Lorax” gets its point across in a creative way that ultimately leaves the whole audience humming along to its memorable songs, even after they leave the theater.