First things first – I’d like to make a few confessions before I delve into my review of The Lorax, the latest Dr. Seuss creation to hit the big screen. I plead with you not to judge me on this, as I am baring my soul here.
1.) I have NEVER read The Lorax.
2.) I had never HEARD of The Lorax before last week.
3.) My children have never been read The Lorax.
I hear you. How is that possible, right? Well to answer that question, I am not really sure how it is possible, but it is very true. With that said, I do want to share that I was lucky enough to attend the Toronto premiere of The Lorax, thanks to Seventh Generation, with my husband and two sons. To put it mildly, the film did not disappoint.
The Lorax was presented in 3D, and this was my very first 3D experience as well. The four of us were handed our 3D glasses (a cool geek-chic frame!), and we headed up a few escalators to the main event. We got seats up close with plenty of room, and what a relief it is in a kids movie to not worry about your child being loud, because you know they will be one of many.
When the film began, I knew it was going to be amazing. The colours, the music, everything was engaging.
For those who have read the book, you know the storyline of The Lorax, but for those who do not, I’ll share a bit. The storyline features a “perfect” town called Thneedville where air is bottled and sold. Beyond the walls of the town lies rolling hills as far as the eye can see, with dead tree stumps spread about. It is dark, and dreary, and lifeless. Through the film you hear the story unfold and meet the keeper of the trees, The Lorax. There are great songs (LOVE Ed Helms), clever writing, and children are taught why trees are important.
I was shocked at the content of the film, because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can tell you that I definitely shed a few tears. Simply the idea of children enacting change did it for me. Two thumbs up for The Lorax, and for Seventh Generation for helping to teach a new generation that they can change the world.
The Lorax hits theatres across North America on March 2, 2012!
Thank you to Seventh Generation & The Lorax for inviting us and sponsoring this premiere green carpet event!