Dr. Seuss: The Lorax

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Outstanding 1970s parable about protecting nature.

NR 1972 25 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 6+

Lots of cigar smoking

This is a great movie except for the fact that one of the main characters, the Onceler, smokes cigars in basically every scene. Would not fly today as a kid’s movie.

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age 4+

Positive environmental message

Message re environment and need for trees is useful and even has a bit of science to it. Too much chasing and characters getting bopped around for my taste. Clever imagery and music a plus. Positive characters, but some "organized crime" stereotypes (for adult humor, I suppose).

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