Lorax leaps to life

Undated Film Still Handout from The Lorax. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/UPI Media. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from The Lorax. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/UPI Media. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Based on the book by Dr Seuss, The Lorax is an environmentally conscious story of one boy’s noble quest to restore balance between avaricious mankind and Mother Nature.

Twelve-year-old Ted Wiggins (voiced by Zac Efron) lives in the carefully controlled utopia of Thneed-ville with his mother and feisty grandmother Norma (Betty White).

Town mayor Aloysius O’Hare provides the residents with all they need including blissful sunshine – everything except for real plants, which are manufactured in a factory.

Ted pines for the girl next door, Audrey (Taylor Swift), who tells him dreamily, “What I want to see more than anything in the whole world is a real-life tree growing in my backyard.”

So the smitten lad seeks out a hermit called the Once-ler, who apparently knows why all of the Truffula trees disappeared from Thneed-ville.

In exchange for 15 cents, a nail and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail, the Once-ler recounts to Ted how he inadvertently devastated the lush landscape for generations to come and “summoned the legendary and slightly annoying guardian of the forest” known as The Lorax (DeVito).

Aware of the perils that lay ahead, Ted resolves to bring green back to Thneed-ville and win Audrey’s heart.