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Color Dr. Seuss’s “earth-friendly” children’s book gloomy-green and Illumination Entertainment’s animated counterpart a blinding shade of pestled-pastels. (Consider sporting two pair of 3D specs.)

The environmental fable holds firm, only this time our young hero does it all to impress a chick. (If you are in it strictly for a message, you’d be better showing the kids Ferngully, the Last Rain Forest.)

Throwaway gags (Nemo can be found congealed in Jell-O) and anachronistic one-liners about disco and Pac Man are intended to help ease parents’ pain. Not even shooting range earmuffs can deaden the fearfully upbeat songs.

In his lifetime, Ted Geisel frowned upon his books being adapted to the big screen for fear that Hollywood would transform them into cuddly licences to print money. His widow, La Jolla philanthropist, Audrey Geisel, acts as executive producer and obviously sees nothing wrong with bowdlerizing her late husband’s work in order to sell Lorax dolls. Is an endorsement of corporate greed really a good message to impart to the youth of America?

Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda. Danny DeVito, Zac Effron, and Taylor Swift lend their voices.

Reader Rating: One Star

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Colonna March 3, 2012 @ 2:47 p.m.

My youngest daughter (age 8) asked if we could go see the film - I handed her the book and told her this is as close as we'll get to the theater.

She's trying to wear me down - I need help people.

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Colonna March 4, 2012 @ 5:35 a.m.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the outlook wasn't brillant for the Mudville nine that dayyyyy...

I'll show the 8 year old that one. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to show the 12 year old daughter the Walt Disney short you wrote about:

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Scott Marks March 4, 2012 @ 10:01 a.m.

I think I have Coach Ziemba's phone number if you need any advice.

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denfrank March 4, 2012 @ 8:06 p.m.

big bucks, no whammies. saving myself for the Secret World of Arrietty.

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Scott Marks March 4, 2012 @ 11:01 p.m.

Not me. Why is is that characters in anime must stop dead in their tracks to deliver a line of dialog? Bugs Bunny can walk and talk at the same time, why not Howl? Try as I might, with the exception of "Paprika" and "Steamboy," I cannot get into anime. I'll pass on "Arrietty."

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