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Mar
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

I Speak for the Digital Trees: Danny DeVito (left) and Ed Helms face environmental calamity in THE LORAX.

I Speak for the Digital Trees: Danny DeVito (left) and Ed Helms face environmental calamity in THE LORAX.

Everybody needs a Thneed. The question is, does anybody need DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX, the feature-length, CG animated, 3D, big screen adaptation of the legendary children’s author’s environmental parable? Directed by DESPICABLE ME’s Chris Renaud, the film attempts to expand upon the simple tale of a humble forest guardian (voiced here by Danny Devito) trying to defend his home from an avaricious industrialist (Ed Helms) by ganging it to the tale of a young boy (Zac Efron) trying to save his plasticized town from the clutches of an even more avaricious industrialist (Rob Riggle).Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons braved the 3D onslaught of Seussian bric-a-brac and discuss whether the tale survives its trip through the lens of contemporary, pop-culture-referencing, family filmmaking, how faithful the producers have remained to the author’s intent, and whether throwing in a few minions would have been a good idea.

Also: Steve and Dan discuss the second part of the second season of THE WALKING DEAD. Plus: What’s coming to theaters and home video.

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