Parents' Guide to

Dr. Seuss: The Lorax

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Outstanding 1970s parable about protecting nature.

Movie NR 1972 25 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 4+


DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE IT IS THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN. Every thing about it is terrible. Terrible story, terrible action, terrible characters. Watch Freddy Frogface instead.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Clearly a product of the ecological movements of the early 1970s, the message of this Dr. Seuss story continues to resonate today. Filled with songs, rhymes, and the distinctive style of Dr. Seuss' animation that has transcended generations, The Lorax is a fast-paced and highly creative parable on the perils of unchecked economic expansion and environmental damage.

Originally a TV special, The Lorax was re-released on DVD to coincide with the 2012 Zac Ephron and Taylor Swift version of the story. For parents, this could present an opportunity to compare and contrast the past and present, in how themes and adaptations of classic children's books are interpreted then and now. Regardless, this version of The Lorax is definitely worth seeing.

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