Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Universal Pictures

Directed by:

Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda


Voices of Danny DeVito as The Lorax; Ed Helms as The Once-ler; Zac Efron as Ted; Taylor Swift as Audrey; Betty White as Grammy Norma; Rob Riggle as Mr. O'Hare; Jenny Slate as Ted's Mom

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The Lorax

It's about a young lad who lives in a place 

Without trees or shrubs (a dismal disgrace) 

And goes out to look for a real live tree 

To give to a girl he'd much like to see. 

But the trees are all gone, or so says the Once-ler, 

He cut them all down, just like a dunce-ler. 

The Lorax warned him through his bushy mustache, 

But would Once-ler listen? No. He liked the cash. 

Based on the popular Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax’s main message is that trees are cool and need to be protected. And if someone were to cut down every last one, well, then he would be quite a fool. Ted searches far and wide for the last Truffula tree on earth, and shows us we can all make positive changes if we work hard enough.  

The film contains quite a bit of violence, most of which is directed towards the Truffula trees. The Lorax speaks for the trees, but The Once-ler listens to his family and gets caught up in greed. Some scenes show extreme deforestation and may be disturbing to young viewers. Ironically, all of the violence inflicted on the “human” characters is supposed to be silly. Slapstick violence is littered throughout the movie, including characters being kicked with a mechanical boot, falling down hills and being chased.  

At the very end of the film, when the Once-ler drops the last Truffula tree seed into Ted's hands, he says, "It's not what it is. It's about what it can become." It's important for us to protect the Earth and all of God’s creation, but we must not value trees and plants above human life. As it says in Genesis 1:26, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule . . . all the earth.” 

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