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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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Interscope Album
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Songs Co-Composed by:
Cinco Paul

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Dave Metzger
Andrew Kinney
Rick Giovinazzo
Germaine Franco

Additional Music by:
Paul Mounsey
Beth Caucci
Victor Chaga

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(Score Album)
(March 6th, 2012)

Interscope Records
(Song Album)
(March 6th, 2012)
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Buy it... on the song-only album if you desire a direct souvenir of the film's major musical numbers by John Powell, none of which have much in common with the style of the composer's surrounding underscore.

Avoid it... on the score-only album if you demand to hear anything substantially new or spectacularly well-rendered by Powell in his friendly and occasionally majestic, but usually derivative orchestral work.
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WRITTEN 3/22/12
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: (John Powell/Various) No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it's impossible to argue that Dr. Seuss' 1971 story of "The Lorax" is not a blatant message about the ills of corporate relationships with the environment. When Universal adapted the tree-happy tale to the big screen in 2012, there was a predictable but still entertaining backlash against the picture from America's Fox News Channel and related conservative interests, and Universal prodded these detractors further by flooding the country with a massive marketing campaign for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax that included more than 70 product tie-ins. The advertising must have worked, because audiences defied mixed critical reviews by making the film an overwhelming fiscal success. Whenever adapting a short story into a full-fledged feature film, there is bound to be discontent, and The Lorax padded its length by shifting the focus away from the central interchanges between the Once-ler and the Lorax to the little boy at the beginning and end of the original story (and adding a love interest, his family, another town villain, and many more characters). The central pro-environment message is not only preserved, however, but rather bluntly applied through the help of a musical narrative format highlighted by the song "Let It Grow," one of the single most obnoxious socio-political packages for a children's film in quite some time. Returning with some of the other crew members from 2008's Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is composer John Powell (and his assistants), who not only was hired to provide the score for The Lorax, but also five or six songs to be featured as central parts of the story. Powell collaborated with one of the film's screenwriters, Cinco Paul, for these songs (the latter writing their lyrics), and the score's thematic material is partially connected to their melodies. Powell is a veteran of writing the orchestral scores for these types of projects, though hearing him adapt his ideas into the structure of a musical is relatively new. Unfortunately, while the underlying components of the songs are fine (translating into some of the score's most interesting moments), the actual rendering of the songs is truly horrendous. Ed Helms badly over-performs in the role of the villain during his three associated songs (and even the comedic "The Once-ler's Traveling Madness," struck mostly from the film, is insufferable), and the uppity, pop-infused "Thneedville" is merely bait for the teenage crowd. The aforementioned centerpiece of the musical, "Let It Grow," has the attitude of one of those celebrity-magnet world peace songs that is too wholesomely uniting for its own good.

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Audio Samples   ▼
Varèse Score Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:07
• 1. Ted, Audrey and the Trees (2:36)
• 2. Granny to the Edge (2:33)
• 3. Wasteland (2:17)
• 4. Truffula Valley Fantasy (featuring The Lorax Humming Fish) (5:00)
• 5. Onceler & Lorax Meet (2:35)
• 6. O'Hare Warns Ted (3:21)
• 7. The River Bed (4:03)
• 8. Houseguests (3:12)
• 9. Valley Exodus (4:54)
• 10. The Last Seed (4:54)
• 11. Thneedville Chase (5:04)
• 12. At the Park (3:12)
• 13. Funeral for a Tree (2:10)
Interscope Song Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 34:13

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The insert of the score album includes a list of performers, but neither product contains additional information about the soundtrack or film.
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