Many classic Dr. Seuss tales have important lessons for children to take in – such as, “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” from “Horton Hears a Who” – but perhaps no Seuss story is so full of teachable passion than “The Lorax,” with its dramatic storyline of environmental recklessness.
While I have long appreciated the important message of conservation and respect for the natural world in “The Lorax,” (more on that in an upcoming post), I have to admit that when I learned the details of the new film version of The Lorax, which comes out on March 2, it was something else about it that made me decide pretty quickly that this was one children’s movie I’d be taking my own offspring to see.
Five somethings, actually.
In my experience as a mom, while there are lots of things that end up making an animated kids’ movie fly or flop, the most important of these is the actors handling the animated characters’ roles. I mean, who could have done Woody and Buzz Lightyear other than Tom Hanks and Tim Allen?
Five performers who will be bringing their own interpretations of these iconic Seuss characters’ roles to the new film.
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Betty White 1 of 5Okay, who doesn't love Betty White? While she's enjoyed a career renaissance in recent years, I remain her fan primarily due to her brilliant portrayal of the ultimate frenemy - Sue Ann Nivens - on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Danny DeVito 2 of 5My favorite Danny DeVito role is definitely not one that's kid-friendly. It's his turn as the sleazy divorce lawyer in "The War of the Roses." But I'm looking forward to finding out how he decided to play The Lorax, who is kind of a mournful downer of a creature in the original book.
Taylor Swift 3 of 5I loooooove Taylor Swift, and not only because my kids love her. I listen to Tay Tay even when I'm all by my lonesome. I've yet to see her act, so I am looking forward to checking out her Lorax voice role.
Zac Efron 4 of 5High School Musical. That. Is. All.
Ed Helms 5 of 5I laugh when I look at PHOTOS of Ed Helms. And I mean this in the nicest sort of way. His Lorax role is a toughie; he will be the "Once-ler," a faceless villain in the original book. How will Helms bring something new to that? Not sure, but I'm looking forward to finding out. He's a fascinating casting choice.
Given the way most people revere classic Seuss illustration and story-telling, I am sure there will be some grumbling about the fact that this movie appears to be a completely fresh interpretation of the original – including new artwork and even new characters. But with the Seuss family involved in making the movie, and a message that is important enough to get an updated retelling for my own kids’ generation, I’m counting on something that will win over even skeptical old-school Seuss Fans.
What’s your favorite Seuss book? What do you love about it? What’s your favorite Seuss movie adaptation?
Tell me in the comments below.
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