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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Santa Clause 2′

8 December 2012 1:54 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Santa Clause 2

Directed by Michael Lembeck

Written by Don Rhymer, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Ed Decter, John J. Strauss

Starring Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, Spencer Breslin, David Krumholtz, Judge Reinhold, Eric Lloyd

Why wait eight years between the original Santa Clause and its follow-up, The Santa Clause 2? This is a question I’ve been asking myself over the last week, before I watched the film for our podcast, during our recording, and now. I didn’t bring it up on the show, because I imagine the question would’ve just floated out into virtual nothingness. But I wonder. The first film opened in November of 1994 to moderate critical acclaim and strong box office returns. I honestly don’t remember how “angry” I might’ve sounded on the podcast last year (Gabe described me as such in our discussion this week), but when my wife puts the original on, »

- Josh Spiegel

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DVD Review: The Lorax

13 November 2012 8:32 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Lorax

Review by LondonFilmFan

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White, Rob Riggle | Written by Ken Daurio | Directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

In 1971 Theodor Seuss Geisel published The Lorax, one of his many rhyming children’s books. In it he highlighted the destructive impact on the environment brought on by the greed of mankind. Now, over 40 years later, Dr Suess’ warning has been adapted into a full-length animated feature and the message rings louder than ever before. Produced by Illumination Entertainment, The Lorax feels familiar as it bears stylistic resemblances to its sister films, such as Despicable Me and Hop, but also largely due to being visually faithful to Dr Seuss’ creations.

True to the book, The Lorax frequently plays out via flashbacks, but Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul’s screenplay does an excellent job of, not only fleshing out the short story, but »

- Guest

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The First Trailer & Images Land for Despicable Me 2

31 October 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Due out in the height of Summer 2013, Despicable Me 2 is destined to be one of my favourite films of next year. The first film was one of the best animated films in recent memory, and I can’t wait for Gru to return.

We caught a great little teaser trailer earlier in the year, and now the first trailer has officially dropped over at Apple, and it’s naturally pretty brilliant.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Watch: More Minions Return in Halloween Trailer for 'Despicable Me 2'

31 October 2012 9:20 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The first teaser trailer for Despicable Me 2 gave the Minions the spotlight singing their gibberish version of the Beach Boys' hit Barbara Ann, and now they're still the star of a new Halloween themed teaser for the Universal and Illumination Entertainment sequel. Steve Carell returning as Gru is nowhere to be seen, but the trailer might hint at a villain for the sequel. Otherwise, this simply feels like an animated short you might see before a feature length film. It's still pretty cute and fans of the Minions will not be disappointed as they're operating at full silliness. It's timed right for the season, but we look forward to seeing the story. Here's the new trailer for Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 originally from Apple: Despicable Me 2 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, who all held the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ Comes Packed With Extras But Still Falls Short

14 August 2012 2:52 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – After it made a relative fortune at the box office (its number six on the year in terms of domestic gross and has made more than $300 million worldwide), I was eager to revisit “Dr. SeussThe Lorax” on Blu-ray to se if I missed anything in my initial 2.5-star review. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that day. Nope. The movie just doesn’t hold up on a storytelling level and it’s even more deeply flawed on repeat viewing. It’s only entertaining to littlest ones in your family and even they would be better served by a reading of the great source material. A trio of mini-movies on the Blu-ray help make the package more enticing but can’t dismiss the film’s flaws.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Watching “The Lorax” again on Blu-ray (and, to be fair, the HD transfer is strong, as it almost always is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – The Blu Review

8 August 2012 6:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Joe Vanourney

Dr. Seuss. .The Lorax. is now available to buy in both a 3D/Blu-Ray Combo Pack as well as a 2D/Blu-Ray Combo Pack.  Both sets include a standard DVD as well as Digital and Ultraviolet copies.

.The Lorax. transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and the film.s eco-friendly message is vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (.Despicable Me.). Directed by Chris Renaud (.Despicable Me.) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (.Despicable Me,. .Hop,. .Horton Hears a Who.) from the 1971 children.s classic, the film is an imaginative and colorful journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl.a Truffula  tree. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, »

- Movie Geeks

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Eiff 2012 Review: The Lorax

22 June 2012 3:21 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Lorax

Review by LondonFilmFan

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White, Rob Riggle | Written by Ken Daurio | Directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

In 1971 Theodor Seuss Geisel published The Lorax, one of his many rhyming children’s books. In it he highlighted the destructive impact on the environment brought on by the greed of mankind. Now, over 40 years later, Dr Suess’ warning has been adapted into a full-length animated feature and the message rings louder than ever before. Produced by Illumination Entertainment, The Lorax feels familiar as it bears stylistic resemblances to its sister films, such as Despicable Me and Hop, but also largely due to being visually faithful to Dr Seuss’ creations.

True to the book, The Lorax frequently plays out via flashbacks, but Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul’s screenplay does an excellent job of, not only fleshing out the short story, but »

- Guest

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Eiff 2012: The Lorax Review

22 June 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ted (Zac Efron), a young boy living in Thneeville – a self contained town where everything is predominately artificial – dreams of winning Audrey’s (Taylor Swift) affection. So, when she declares she’d marry anyone who brought her a living “Truffula” tree, Ted is led to seek out the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a poor old businessman whose selfishness prompted the devastation of the land’s trees, and the only person who can guide Ted to his target of winning Audrey’s love and restoring the world’s beauty.

Adapted from Dr Seuss’ children’s classic, and brought to the screen by the team who came to fruition with last year’s runaway success Despicable Me, The Lorax hinges upon a culturally relevant battle between gluttony and the preservation of nature. However, for some reason, the screenwriters – Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul – have foolishly sandwiched this between Ted’s desire to win a young woman’s heart. »

- Jamie Neish

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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax On 3D Blu-ray And DVD August 7

5 June 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The colorful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the screen as never before on August 7, 2012 in the hilarious and captivating adventure, Dr. Seuss. The Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Available on Blu-ray. 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray. Combo Pack — both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet. so you can watch it anytime, anywhere — Dr. Seuss. The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters, available only on the Blu-ray. Combo Packs. The film will also be available on DVD and Digital Download.

Dr. Seuss. The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, Hop, Horton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children.s classic, »

- Michelle McCue

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Review: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

12 April 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Dr. SeussThe Lorax

Review by Dan Clark of Movie Revolt

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Betty White, Rob Riggle | Written by Ken Daurio | Directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda

Bringing Dr. Seuss’ stories to the big screen has been a mixed bag. There have been some successes but also some colossal failures. In fact the live-action version of The Cat in the Hat was so horrid it caused Dr. Seuss’s family to say, “Let’s just stick with animation”, which has helped yield better results. The latest adaptation is this year’s Dr. SeussThe Lorax. With any adaptation of a children’s book there is an inherited challenge of figuring out how to stretch the story to fit it to the feature length format. Without a fine hand the addition of the extra plot can come off as unnatural and forced. This is »

- Guest

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Exclusive: Hop a Look at Carlos and Phil Blu-ray Featurette

6 April 2012 1:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive featurette from Hop, which is currently available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, just in time for Easter this weekend. Hank Azaria provides the voices of both Carlos and Phil in this Universal Pictures comedy, and you can take a look at one of his recording sessions in this excerpt from the special features.

Hop Br/DVD - Exclusive A Look at Carlos and Phil

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

Combo Pack Exclusive Bonus Features:

Phil's Dance »

- MovieWeb

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Blu-ray Review: Goofy ‘Hop’ Wants Your Easter Bunny Money

2 April 2012 1:27 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – They don’t make too many Easter movies. There are tons of Christmas movies. Halloween has a genre. Even “Independence Day.” But Easter is under-served. Based on “Hop,” there’s a reason for that. The film isn’t as torturous as I was expecting, but it definitely misses its mark for all but the littlest ones. If you have a toddler looking for something new to watch this Easter, it might get the job done. Everyone else, wait for another holiday.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

James Marsden does his game best to keep up with a film in which he’s one of the few human actors. While we’re on the subject, I generally Hate movies with CGI creations and humans (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “The Smurfs”) and was, therefore, dreading “Hop.” Marsden has enough fun that it didn’t annoy me as much as I was expecting. Take that as faint praise. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Hop Phil's Dance Party Blu-ray Sneak Peek

20 March 2012 1:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released a sneak peek of the Phil's Dance Party mini-movie included on Hop's Blu-ray Combo Pack, which arrives March 23 along with the DVD release. Take a look at this 15-second teaser for this animated mini-movie featuring Phil, created exclusively for this Blu-ray release.

Hop DVD/Br: Phil's Dance Party Preview

He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rock star drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

Combo Pack Exclusive Bonus Features:

Phil's Dance Party - An All-New Mini-Movie starring fan-favorite chicks Phil and Carlos. Phil eats »

- MovieWeb

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 ‘Hop’ Blu-rays With Russell Brand From ‘Despicable Me’ Makers

12 March 2012 5:20 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest animated comedy/family edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Blu-ray, we have 5 Blu-rays up for grabs for the highly anticipated home entertainment release of “Hop” starring Russell Brand and Chelsea Handler from the makers of “Despicable Me”! Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing “Hop” to Blu-ray and DVD on March 23, 2012.

Hop” also stars James Marsden, Hugh Laurie, Hank Azaria, David Hasselhoff, Elizabeth Perkins, Kaley Cuoco, Gary Cole, Tiffany Espensen, Dustin Ybarra, Carlease Burke, Veronica Alicino and Jimmy Carter from director Tim Hill and writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.

To win your free “Hop” Blu-ray courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this Hookup and win are below.

Hop” comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 23, 2012.

Image credit: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Here is the synopsis for “Hop”:

From the makers of “Despicable Me »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Cinema With Sharlette: 'The Lorax'

5 March 2012 6:35 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Another Dr. Seuss classic is adapted for the silver screen by the producers that brought you Despicable Me and Horton Hears a Who!

In the 3D-cg version of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, we focus on Ted Wiggins, a 12-year-old boy in search of a living tree for the girl he adores. His search leads him to the outer parts of his hometown, Thneedville, where he meets the mysterious Once-ler.

It is here that Ted learns the story of the The Lorax and the facts behind why the outer land is in its desolate state. Living in Thneedville, a town where fake shrubbery and oxygen in plastic bottles are the norm, Ted discovers that planting a real tree may not only lead to getting the girl of his dreams, but a better future for the town.

The original story of The Lorax, which happened to be the late Dr. Seuss' favorite, is slightly »

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The Lorax review

4 March 2012 11:35 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dr Seuss' The Lorax gets the animated treatment, courtesy of the team behind Despicable Me. Here's Ron's review...

In the town of Thneedville, everything is artificial. From the cruddy manufactured food to the very world around them, there is nothing in Thneedville that isn't mass-produced, pre-packaged, or otherwise created by man. Even the trees in Thneedville are fake, and that's what troubles young Ted (Zac Efron). You see, he's got a crush on the lovely Audrey (Taylor Swift), and all Audrey wants is to see a real, living tree. Not a plastic tree with disco lights, but an actual truffula tree.

There's only one major problem with that. All the truffula trees have been chopped down. The one person who has a clue about the fate of the trees is the mysterious hermit-like Once-ler, who lives far outside of town. The Once-ler has quite a tale to tell, and »

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Film Review: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ Boasts Strong Voice Cast But Weak Storytelling

2 March 2012 11:04 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Chicago – “Dr. SeussThe Lorax” certainly isn’t an awful film by any stretch of the imagination. It features some solid voice work, a few lessons worth learning by the iGeneration, and some nifty visuals. It’s also pretty damn boring. Even the little ones at the family screening I attended seemed to lose interest in how this timeless story has been stretched to the demands of a modern family film. It just never quite connects in the way fans of this legendary character hope it would.

The Lorax” tells two stories, a majority of the film taking place in flashback. In the present, we are introduced to the hustling, bustling world of Thneedville through an opening song that is a tragic sign of things to come. Perhaps the worst element of “The Lorax” is the music by John Powell, a talented composer who can’t find the rhythm for this piece. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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How ‘The Lorax’ and All His Friends Came Back

2 March 2012 11:00 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Universal Pictures A scene from “The Lorax

In its first few attempts, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment struggled to digitize the 41-year-old environmentally-conscious and very orange Lorax.

“There were times when it looked creepy or weird,” said Ken Daurio, one of the writers of the film. “Pictures don’t have to walk or have profiles, our Lorax did,” he added.

The animation modelers caught a break when Illumination Entertainment president Christopher Meledandri stumbled upon a bronze sculpture of the creature in Audrey Geisel’s garden. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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'The Lorax': The Reviews Are In!

2 March 2012 1:16 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Latest Dr. Seuss adaptation isn't winning over too many critics.

A scene from "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

Photo: Universal Studios

There are few authors whose oeuvre is as universally beloved as that of Dr. Seuss. The love for Dr. Seuss is so great that plenty of his stories are rife for big-screen treatment. We've seen movie versions of "The Cat in the Hat," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Horton Hears a Who," and now we have "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which hit theaters Friday (March 2).

Led by an all-star cast of voice talent including Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Betty White, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle, the story follows the journey of a young boy who fights to reintroduce endangered trees to the plastic-obsessed town of Thneedville in hopes of winning a girl's heart. Despite the warm-and-fuzzy sheen of the film, critics were not as wowed by the colorful adaptation. »

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[Review] The Lorax

1 March 2012 9:00 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I loved The Land Before Time when I was a kid. It was a cute story with memorable characters in a world full of dinosaurs that utterly fascinated me. I remember seeing it in the theatre, getting the plastic hand puppets from Pizza Hut, and eventually acquiring a VHS of the film through some other restaurant’s promotion. There was something about it that allowed for its message of friendship, love, and whatever else to come across without a shred of overt manipulation or gimmicks to reel in the ever-evolving minds of the children watching. Back then, if you weren’t Disney you didn’t even attempt to populate an animated film with song—at least until it came time to cash-in on sequels.

When Pixar showed family films with story could succeed, not even the Mouse House needed cute critters breaking out into song anymore. It appeared the era »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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