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The Lorax Blu-ray Review

Title: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Combo Pack (Two Discs: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

Universal Studios Home Entertainment brought The Lorax to Blu-ray/DVD on August 7th, 2012. Based on Dr. Seuss’s 1971 cautionary tale about saving the earth, the 2012 film speaks to a new generation about how to preserve our resources. 12-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) lives in the town of Thneedville, which is run by Mr. O’Hare (Rob Riggle), a scheming little man who would do anything to keep things in Thneedville artificial so that he can continue to cash in on his bottled and canned air. Ted is trying to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey (Taylor Swift), who longs for a certain type of tree that doesn’t exist in Thneedville. Ted goes off in search of Audrey’s tree, but in order to give Audrey her heart’s desire, he will have to listen to the story of the mysterious Once-ler (Ed Helms) and the Lorax (Danny Devito).

The Lorax is an enchanting combination of humor, magic, and wonderful storytelling. Prior to seeing this film, I was not familiar with this particular Seuss tale. I enjoyed it so much that I am planning on getting a copy of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s classic to share with my daughter. I’m also curious to compare the book to the film version, which I’m sure fleshes out all of the characters and perhaps even creates some new ones for the fantastic film experience.

I wasn’t sure how my daughter would react to this film; I’d been trying to get her to sit down and watch it with me for weeks. I finally just put it in so that I could watch it by myself, and she settled in to watch it as well. We were both drawn in by all of the vivid colors and textures in the animation; I wanted to reach out and touch those soft looking trees that existed on the outskirts of Thneedville. Once the film credits started to roll, my daughter told me she liked the movie, and even stuck around for a bit longer while I went through the bonus features and discovered the mini movies, which are exclusive to the combo packs only.

The Lorax presents a message that each and every one of us needs to listen to; we only have so many natural resources available to us, and if we destroy them all, we’ll make the earth a much less pleasant place to live. I’ll be thinking of this movie each time I separate our garbage into recyclables and regular trash. It’s only a small part of what I can do to become more eco-friendly, but this movie has made me want to seek out even more ways to be more friendly to the environment. This is a delightful film for both adults and children, and definitely offers some educational points for parents to discuss with their children.

Bonus Features:

Mini Movies The combo packs feature 3 mini movies that make some of the secondary characters into main characters. Get to know more about the cuddly Thneedville bears and the Lorax in stories that take in between the events of The Lorax.

Making of the Mini Movies The filmmakers discuss why they chose to make these movies, and what they add to the world of The Lorax.

Deleted Scene This deleted scene expands on the introduction of the Thneed to the world.

O’Hare TV Choose this way to view The Lorax with fun commercial interruptions related to O’Hare.

Expedition to Truffala Valley Delve even further into the world of the Lorax with this feature. Meet the characters and learn fun facts about them that aren’t included in the movie.

The Lorax is available on Blu-ray 3D combo pack and contains the DVD, Digital Copy,and UltraViolet so you can take it with you wherever you may go. Now available in stores everywhere!

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Jennifer

Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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