The Lorax is both very good and very disappointing. Very good because it looks great, and has a lot of really fun moments. Disappointing because of its source material, a Dr. Seuss book with a serious message about the environment. This message gets glossed over, and I understand that, as this is a kid's movie, but still. The original book was pretty slight, so the story has been expanded to make it longer. Ted is a 12 year old boy living in Theedville, which is completely artificial, i.e. no trees. To win the affections of a girl, Ted goes to find out what happen to the trees, and from the Once-ler, learns the story. It involves the Once-ler's greed and a creature called The Lorax, who speaks for the trees. That's pretty much where the book ended, so you've got a bad guy trying to keep Ted from bringing the trees back. And that's where the movie runs into trouble. It's too afraid to be a pro-environment movie, so all of the overt political overtones of the book are dumbed down. It's hard not to compare it with Wall-E, which also had an environmental message, but wasn't afraid to tell the audience that it was their responsibility. Of course, this is a personal disappointment, so that might not bother you. It certainly won't bother your kids, who are going to love the colors and chases and voice work. Truth be told, if I hadn't known the story that well, I probably wouldn't have cared either. This is solid entertainment, but it's interesting that a movie that expands on a story isn't as good as where it came from.