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Review: The Lorax, 2012, dir. Chris Renaud & Kyle Balda

Posted on: March 5, 2012

A Constant Visual Feast

I think in the realm of 3D animated children’s fare, The Lorax might be the first such movie to come out in years that really and truly plays for kids. Adults, despite the themes and issues in play here, will probably have a much harder time with it; it’s very simply broken down, plotted, and dictated, without that much by way of nuance or subtlety. It wears its environmentalist message on its big, bright sleeves, unashamedly so. Very rarely do Chris Renaud– one half of the directorial duo behind 2010’s Despicable Me— and his partner-in-crime for this project, Kyle Balda, wink at the parents who inevitably represent a portion of their audience. And maybe that’s not only wise but a sensibility that should be encouraged, because far too often pandering to the grown-ups can be unbalancing. Either way, it’s not the film’s narrow scope that proves to be problematic.

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