Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

10:15 AM 21st February 2020 Ulster Museum

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Adapted from the classic, at times controversial children's book by Dr Suess.

Welcome to the phony world of Thneedville where artificial trees are the norm. Flip a switch and they change colors for the seasons, and they even come in a disco version. The man-in-charge of this community is O'Hare (voiced by Rob Riggle), a short wheeler-dealer with a big ego who has made a fortune selling bottled water and air.

Ted (Zac Efron) is a smart 12 year old who has fallen in love with Audrey (Taylor Swift). When he learns that what she wants more than anything else on earth is a real tree, he decides to go on a quest to find one for her.

Ted gets a little help from his grandmother (Betty White) who gives him directions to Once-ler (Ed Helms), an exiled entrepreneur who tells the boy the sad story of his role in cutting down all the trees in a long-ago paradise called Truffula Valley outside Thneedville where the Lorax (Danny Devito) was the guardian of the trees. Now a recluse, Once-ler sees that Ted might just be the one to bring trees back to the city and to the wilderness.

Dir: Chris Renaud, USA, 2012, 86 mins, PG