The Lorax appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Computer animated films tend to look good on Blu-ray, and Lorax followed that rule.
Sharpness was fine across the board. Across the board, the movie delivered satisfying definition, with no obvious softness on display.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, print flaws never manifested themselves.
Colors tended to be broad and bold, though the film opted more toward orange/teal than expected for an animated tale. Given the fact the title character is orange, this didn’t become a big surprise, though, and the hues still boasted nice range and impact.
Blacks were dark and deep, while low-light shots offered nice clarity and smoothness. This became an appealing visual presentation.
With Lorax, we got a DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack that offered a lively soundscape, especially during the action sequences. Those fleshed out the spectrum in an involving way and gave us many chances for movement.
This allowed the surrounds to play an active role. The track worked well enough in the early stages but it picked up more as it went, especially as the film neared its climax. The various channels got a good workout in this engrossing soundscape.
Audio quality seemed pleasing. Speech always sounded distinctive and concise, while music was peppy and rich.
Effects offered solid reproduction, with clean highs and deep lows. I liked this mix and thought it gave the movie life.
As we head to extras, we open with an audio commentary from director Chris Renaud and co-director Kyle Balda. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the source’s adaptation and story/characters, character, set and visual design, cast and performances, music, editing and related domains.
While Balda chimes in on occasion, Renaud dominates this track, and that’s fine with me, as he offers a simply outstanding view of the film. The commentary touches on a wide array of subjects and does so with depth and involvement. Expect a really good view of the film here.
A staple of Illumination releases, the disc provides three Mini-Movies. We find Wagon Ho! (3:10), Forces of Nature (2:14) and Serenade (3:19).
All three take place in the Lorax universe and they use original voice talent, which acts as a nice bonus. The mini-movies tend to focus on the film’s bear characters, and they’re moderately entertaining.
To look behind the scenes, we go to Making of the Mini-Movies. This three-minute, 31-second clip features Balda, producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.
As expected, “Making” gives us a few nuggets about the mini-movies. It’s far too short to tell us much.
One Deleted Scene lasts one minute, 31 seconds and actually offers an extended sequence. We see more of how the townsfolk embraced the thneed. It offers a mildly enjoyable addition.
Under O’Hare TV, we get an alternate way to view the feature film. With this activated, occasional interruptions disrupt the movie to show promotions from O’Hare Industries, and they add seven minutes, 42 seconds to the flick’s running time.
That’s a cute concept, but it doesn’t work. Though the O’Hare clips offer amusement, they destroy the movie’s flow and become more of a distraction than a bonus.
With Expedition of Truffula Valley, we get an interactive piece. It includes character bios, concept art/animation tests, and various videos.
In the latter domain, we see story artist Mark O’Hare teach us how to draw different characters as well as story reels and character-related comments from production designer Yarrow Cheney and actors Danny DeVito, Betty White, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle, and Taylor Swift.
Cumulatively, “Expedition” brings some decent tidbits, but the format feels clunky and awkward. It's not a bad addition to the set but it doesn’t work particularly well.
Next comes Seuss to Screen, a four-minute, 27-second reel with Efron, Swift, DeVito, Cheney, Balda, Meledandri, Renaud, computer graphics supervisor Bruno Chauffard, and actor Ed Helms.
“Screen” looks at various elements related to the movie’s adaptation. Though short, it gives us a decent view of these challenges and choices.
Another interactive component, Once-ler’s Wagon provides additional character animations. Click on any of the on-screen icons and you’ll see very short snippets with Lorax, the bar-ba-loots and others. It’s a pretty forgettable compilation.
A game called Get Out of Town uses a Mario-style side-scrolling format in which you move Ted to escape Thneedville. How much you enjoy it will depend on your tolerance for its clunky controls. It’s fun in theory but at least on my system, it didn’t play smoothly.
Another game, Truffula Run requires you to move the Lorax around the screen to collect plants and avoid tree stumps. It comes with three levels of difficulty, none of which make it especially engaging.
We follow with a Sing-Along for “Let It Grow”. This lasts three minutes, 42 seconds and accompanies the song with animal-related visuals. It lacks value.
One Easter Egg appears on the main screen. Click the Truffula seed on the main menu and it cues you to come back after you visit other aspects of the Blu-ray. Eventually the tree grows to full size.
The disc opens with ads for Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar, McKenna Shoots For the Stars, and Paranorman. No trailer for Lorax appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of the film. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
An adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax comes with a good cast and an admirable message. As a film, though, it lacks consistency and fails to coalesce into anything particularly effective. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals as well as very good audio and an inconsistent collection of supplements. While I like aspects of Lorax, the end result sputters somewhat.