The Lorax (2012)
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The Lorax is a 2012 animated film based on the classic book of the same name.
- The movie goes against the original book by turning the story into a light-hearted film with comedy elements instead of a dark and interesting tale with a good message like the original book and Friz Freleng special.
- Pointless subplot involving Ted and his attempt to impress Audrey which is hardly seen due to the fact that the Lorax flashback takes up a good chunk of the film.
- O'Hare is a weak and overly cartoonish villain. On top of this, none of the stuff involving him was necessary and only exists so the writers could find an excuse to make the book into a film.
- Incorrect casting choices: Both Ted and Audrey (the latter of whom is voiced by Taylor Swift of all people) are miscast as they sound way too old for their ages.
- Hypocritical message: The film has messages about how greed is bad and how protecting the environment is good yet the film has many advertising materials attached to it including polluting cars and disposable diapers.
- All of the forest animals are made into obnoxious Minions-like comic reliefs, which once again goes against what the book was trying to convey.
- On that topic, there is even an unnecessary cameo of one of the minions in one of the scenes of this film.
- Similar to other Illumination films, the characters are cliched: Ted is a generic boy who falls for a girl and tries to impress her and Audrey is as stale as a bread love interest.
- This film's infamous portrayal of the Once-Ler. Here, he's an obnoxious, loud pretty boy which once again goes against the original tone of the book since the Once-Ler was meant to be mysterious and foreboding.
- The Once-Ler's family are unlikable, as they didn't care about the Once-Ler until he became rich, then later in the film when his company went bankrupt, they abandoned the Once-Ler and took his money and were never seen again in the film after that. That could have been a good idea, but the execution is bad, with the family being cartoonish and annoying.
- Most of the songs are unnecessary and annoying, like the song in the opening.
- The Lorax is an absolute downgrade from his normal self in this movie, as he's made into a pointless comic relief character like the other animals, despite his attempts to save the forest.
- Unnecessary pop culture references like how the Once-Ler mentioned Donkey Kong.
- This film had the chance to be timeless with an ambiguous ending, but instead decided to go with the happy ending. The scene that should have been the end can be pinpointed. After the Once-Ler gives Ted the seed and says his lines, Ted drives off, leaving the ending a mystery.
- The songs can be good at times. "Let it Grow", for example, is admittedly catchy.
- "How Bad Can I Be?" is also pretty good as well, despite being a depiction.
- The art style is pretty faithful to the book, especially the buildings and some of the character designs.
- ￼The animation is well-made compared to the rest of the Illumination films.
- Despite Ted and Audrey being miscast, the voice acting is at least decent.
- There are some good funny moments here and there, such as Ted getting hit in the rear from a boot contraction when at the Once-ler's house.
- It spawned lots of memes, such as the "You Greedy Dirtbag!!!" line and the "Let It Grow" song.
- When the film has a dark tone (particularly when Ted is driving outside Thneedville), it is a nice touch
- This film was the first to use the current Universal Pictures logo.