I love Dr. Seuss. But you all already knew that, right?
I took Angeline to see Dr. Seuss at the theaters and I cried like a little baby half of the time – the other half of the time, I was laughing like crazy! I couldn’t wait for The Lorax to come out on Blu-ray and DVD, and when it did, I got a copy right away!
Now, this isn’t just any old copy of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax – it’s a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy digital download and if you have a 3D television? They have a 3D version as well!
The Lorax was a beautiful movie, full of sweet, hilarious and moving moments.
You follow along as young Ted goes off to find a real tree – something the girl of his dreams wants desperately! As the story progresses, young Ted leaves Thneedville to visit The Once-ler to find out how he can get a real tree. Before he agrees to tell Ted where he can find a tree, The Once-ler tells his story of how Thneedville came to be what it is today.
This is where the movie really starts to get interesting! The Once-ler came to Truffula Valley looking for the perfect material for his thneed, and that is where he met The Lorax.
The Lorax is a mystical creature who speaks for the trees – those trees that The Once-ler wanted to chop down to use for his thneeds! We watch the Once-ler change from a nice, charming fellow who wants to start a business to an evil, greedy man who destroys all of the Truffula trees. That is why Thneedville became so plastic – there was no clean air after all of the trees were cut down!
After learning about The Once-ler’s devastation of Truffula Valley and about The Lorax, Ted takes the last remaining Truffula seed to the center of town and plants it…
I just love a happy ending, don’t you?
The Blu-ray™ and 3D Combo Pack also includes three brand new mini-movies including:
- Serenade – Two Bar-ba-loots — one love shy and the other suave and confident — battle for the heart of their would-be sweetheart with the help of a colorful cast of characters, including the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
- Wagon-Ho – Two Bar-ba-loots take The Once-ler’s wagon on a ride they won’t soon forget.
- Forces of Nature – Determined to scare The Once-ler out of Truffula Valley, The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature.
They were so cute! They were reason enough to buy The Lorax, and your children will love them! Of course, that isn’t all that was included in the awesome Blu-ray and 3D combo packs!
BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK BONUS FEATURE EXCLUSIVES
- Mini Movies listed above & making of the mini movies – Go behind the scenes at Illumination Mac Guff to see the joys and challenges of continuing the characters’ stories in the dynamic format of the mini movie.
- Deleted scenes
- Seuss to Screen – fascinating look into the translation of Seuss’ iconic style from book into the big feature film canvas.
- Seuss it up! – A great tutorial on how to draw the Lorax, a Humming-Fish and a Bar-ba-loot in the unique Seuss style.
- Truffula Run – The player moves left and right to avoid obstacles while attempting to pick up berries with modes for easy, medium and hard. As difficulty increases, the player will have more obstacles to avoid.
- Let it Gros Sing Along – Karaoke-style sing along to the end credit version of Let It Grow.
- Feature commentary with co-directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda
- Once-ler’s Wagong – While the Once-ler is away peddling his wares, the curious forest creatures have fun with his belongings. Users can select an item for the creatures to mimic or play with and then watch the adorable antics of all the forest friends.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE BLU-RAY:
- Get Out of Town – In this game, the player must help Ted navigate through town on his scooter in order to make it to the Lerkim and meet the Once-ler. At the end of each level, Ted must solve an obstacle puzzle to advance to the next section. There are three levels and three puzzles to complete to win the game.
- O’hare TV – Watch the Lorax with hilarious commercial interruptions courtesy of O’Hare TV.
- Expedition to Truffula Valley – Explore and navigate within the Truffula Valley to learn more about how the characters and creatures come to life.
- Digital Copy – Viewerscan redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
- uHEAR: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
- pocket BLU™ APP—The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
- Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
- Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
- Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
- Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
- Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
The only issue I had with the movie is that it is rated PG – and while it was rated as PG for harsh language, there wasn’t actually any harsh language. I think the movie’s message of greed and apathy for the sake of success is what really led to that PG rating. There was no violence, there were no curse words, no one died or got hurt, though the animals of Truffula Valley did have to leave their homes because of pollution and lack of natural resources.
I think that Dr. Seuss presented a message that children NEED to learn…and wrapping this important lesson up in beautiful colors, with incredible animation, funny voices (thanks, Danny Devito!) and catchy songs? It was a smart move.
What are you waiting for?
Go buy Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!
I received a media sample to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own. I love Dr. Seuss!