He is the Lorax. He speaks for the trees. She is Annie, 6, and he is Charlie, 4, and they speak for the audience.
"That was totally not like the book. No. No. No," said Annie, as she left the theater on a recent afternoon. And Annie knows the book. She borrowed the 1971 Dr. Seuss cautionary tale from the library and read it at least four times before she saw the movie.
To be fair, the animated movie was based on the book and remained true to the eye-popping color scheme and the general message, "to not waste the trees," as Annie put it. But alas, the wonderful, whimsical writing was chopped to pieces, just like the truffula trees in the story.
Annie was particularly annoyed by a character who was added to the movie, a greedy little man named O'Hare who sold bottled air.
"That man was bad," she said. "He was like a bully."
Still, Annie and Charlie found much to like in this animated flick.
"He cutted down the last tree," Charlie said. But "the good part was when they planted the new tree."