I suppose I should get all worked up about the fact that Universal Pictures — who already gave us the dreadful Cat in the Hat — have decided to turn another of Dr. Seuss’ books into a movie. But, really: How upset could I possibly get that they are adapting The Lorax into a 3D CGI feature. The Lorax? Go for it.
It helps, actually, that it comes from Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who are writing the adaptation and co-directing with Chris Renaud. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script for Horton Hears a Who, which was a surprisingly decent adaptation that remained faithful to the spirit of the book (so far, it’s also the only full-length movie my kid has seen).
An adaptation of The Lorax is apparently timely, because of the green themes. It’s about a greedy entrepreneur who, despite warnings from the tree-loving Lorax, strips a forest of its stock of Truffula trees to manufacture clothing. The results are catastrophic as all the animals leave and nothing’s left. When it was released in 1971, the logging industry pitched a bitch-fit about it and tried to get it banned.
They should eschew the CGI and just get Wilfred Brimley to play the Lorax.