The Lorax (2012) Parents Guide

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The Lorax (2012)

Title: The Lorax (2012)
Rated: PG for brief mild language

Studio: Universal

Release date: 8/7/2012

Actors: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift


The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

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Mommy Bear's Parent Review of Dr Suess' The Lorax


There is some comedic slapstick violence and scenes of peril.

Sexual Content

Some characters are seen in swimwear, but they are animated and their features aren't sensualized. A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy on the cheek. He dreams that they are about to kiss on the lips, but wakes up to find that he's kissing a cereal box.


There is one use of the word "damn."


A teenage boy in a plant-less community sets out to find an actual tree in order to impress a girl, embarking on a series of adventures teaching him the importance of caring for the environment. Based on the book by Dr. Suess.

Pros and Cons

Colorful and frequently hilarious, with terrific song and dance numbers, The Lorax is a blast for kids, teens, and parents. Some might object to the politicized themes (environmentalism is "all good" while entrepreneurship is "all bad"), but parents can talk their kids about it as they choose, and certainly no one will object to the general idea of caring for the planet. The vocal work is wonderful and the animation is impressive.

Discussion Points

Greed and selfishness can blind us to the needs of others. One courageous person can inspire others to action. Nature is a beautiful, wonderful thing.

Written by Jonathan Decker
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