The Lorax did fine in theaters, but one always had the sense that this colorful film would only fully reach its potential on Blu-ray/DVD. The tale of The Once-ler takes us to a time when Humming Fish, Bar-ba-loots and Swomee Swanns roamed freely, and when The Lorax spoke for the trees, back when there were trees to be spoken for. The fluffy foliage of the Truffula pop and sway on the screen (the HD Blu-ray picture is crisp and clear), and the elaborate musical numbers stick in the brain long after the movie has ended.
And now the fun doesn’t have to stop when the movie’s over. The Lorax on both Blu-ray and DVD includes loads of special features that are perfect for families. Along with the typical deleted scenes and feature commentary by the director and co-director, viewers get a short “Seuss to the Screen” featurette with commentary from the filmmakers and actors, a sing-a-long version of “Let It Grow,” two video games, and three mini-movies that continue the woodland adventure.
The mini-movies, “Wagon-Ho,” “Forces of Nature,” and “‘Serenade,’” are perfect for kids. Not only are they brief — each runs no more than four minutes — they feature the antics of the goofy Bar-ba-loots as they get into trouble and even try out some new dance moves. Going the extra mile, the Blu-ray set also includes features detailing the making of the mini-movies, including commentary from the filmmakers that runs no longer than any of the minis themselves.
There’s also a very unique feature called “Seuss it Up!” that’s perfect for any kid interested in art and drawing. Watch and pay close attention as cartoonist Mark O’Hare teaches you how to draw some of the more beloved characters in the film, including the Bar-ba-loots and The Lorax himself. “Seuss It Up!” is a great, easy to follow introduction for anyone interested animation or learning how to draw.
The only downer is the “video games” — Once-ler’s Wagon and The Truffula Run. In our technologically advanced world, even young children will be bored by these attempts at entertainment, especially Once-ler’s Wagon, which is more of a click-and-show sort of thing than an interactive video game. The Truffula Run is much better, but the rules aren’t readily apparent and it still won’t keep anyone above the age of six interested for very long.
While the Blu-ray comes with even more bonus material, overall Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax provides an excellent viewing experience and offers families fun post-film features no matter which edition you choose.