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Modern Message Blooms in ‘The Lorax’

Dr. Seuss’ environmental masterpiece comes to animated life.

It’s a deforestation fable about an industrialized society’s effects on the environment. And it’s a family film: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

Zac Efron is the voice of Ted, a 12-year-old living in a not-so-environmentally friendly world. He wants to get his sweetheart, Audrey (Taylor Swift), a real tree to win her over.

Ted sets out for the one person, or thing, that will help him out: an orange, mustachioed environmentalist known as the Lorax, an optimistic guardian of the forest who “speaks for the trees” and sounds suspiciously like Danny DeVito.

The supporting cast of voice actors counters the environmental gloom and doom. The colors are bright, the look is Seussian, and there is something to be said about the movie’s anti-greed message.

It's kind of absurd at times, but the common-sense philosophy that each one of us, in some small way, can change the world is pretty cool.

Sure, it's rambunctious and fanciful, but it's a film the entire family can go see.

So the flick-o-meter gives The Lorax four out of five. The Lorax barks up the right tree.

Dinner: International House of Pancakes

The restaurant chain, which has , is currently offering several dishes inspired by the latest Seuss film, from "The Lorax's Breakfast" to "Truffula Chip Pancakes."

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Ready to see The Lorax? Then head over to , 185 Metromont Road, Hiram. For more theater information and links to showtimes and pricing, or call 678-513-4400.

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