By Owen Gleiberman
Updated August 01, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Chris Renaud, the codirector of Despicable Me, turns the 1971 Dr. Seuss book into The Lorax, a candy-colored feel-good anticonsumerist musical. It’s got a winningly whimsical Seussian spirit, though it could have used a pinch of his doggerel-driven anarchy. (Seuss’ brilliantly playful language? Not there.) Zac Efron nicely voices Ted, a boy who wonders why there are no trees in Thneedville. His foray outside the city walls leads him to the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a hipster who found a paradise of trees that look like furry lollipops, then cut them all down to get rich. The movie is like a less original WALL?E, but it’s still vibrant and touching. B+

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 94 minutes
  • Chris Renaud