Monday, May 07, 2012

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss

(hb; 1971: children's book)

Review:

When a young man visits the mysterious Once-ler, he hears a cautionary and timely tale about the Once-ler's past, and his role in the destruction of the cotton candy-like Truffula Trees.

Great children's verseworks read - fun, with a strong/positive and increasinglyly important message.  Worth owning, this, as are most Dr. Seuss books.

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This book resulted in two movies.

The first, a twenty-five minute, animated television film short, aired stateside on February 14, 1972.

Eddie Albert voiced The Narrator.  Bob Holt voiced The Lorax and The Once-ler.  Athena Lorde voiced Mrs. Schmunsler.  Harlan Carraher voiced "The Boy".  An uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft voiced the "Bass Singer".

Hawley Pratt directed the short, from a teleplay by book author Dr. Seuss.

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The second version, a CGI'd Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, was released stateside on March 2, 2012.

Danny DeVito voiced The Lorax.  Ed Helms voiced the Once-ler.  Zac Efron voiced Ted.  Taylor Swift voiced Audrey. 

Betty White voiced Grammy Norma.  Rob Riggle voiced Mr. O'Hare.  Jenny Slate voiced "Ted's Mom".  Stephen Tobolowsky voiced Uncle Ubb.

Joel Swetow voiced "1st Marketing Guy".  Michael Beattie voiced "2nd Marketing Guy".  Laraine Newman provided one of the "Additional Voices".

This second film was co-directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, from a script by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

1 comment:

Me said...

Dr. Seuss books are one of the biggest perks of parenthood. :)

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