“We were optimistic when the first trailer for The Lorax popped up (what with the heartstring yanking tunes from The Polyphonic Spree and the decidedly Seussian village). But the latest trailer is simply the last straw.
This longer look at the adapted classic has “lifted away” any sort of morality or mood from the original book and replaced it with silly-looking CG villains. What happened to the hair-raising Suessian phrases about the Once-ler and his Whisper-ma-Phone which comes down “though a snergelly hose, and he sounds as if he had smallish bees up his nose.” Instead we get Taylor Swift and Zac Efron’s hot teen romance vomit. Save the Truffula Trees, they’ll get you laid!
We understand you have to fill out the story in order to turn it into a movie, but swapping The Lorax’s earnest pleadings with Danny DeVito’s gruff jokes almost strips this tale of all its humanity. The point is, you have to listen, you have to CARE! “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.” We don’t need a wise-cracking Lorax. And who the hell are all these new villains? Oh dear, dear, dear, dear, dear.”
-I agree, what the *hell* was that?