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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax by John Powell (Review)

posted Mar 7, 2012, 10:35 PM by Kaya Savas

If I had to rank John Powell's top 3 scores of all time it would be 1. How To Train Your Dragon, 2. Happy Feet and 3. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who. His score to Horton was so phenomenal, so emotional and was able to capture Dr. Seuss in the form of music. With a second animated adaption of a Seuss tale upon us it was only natural that the filmmakers would turn to John Powell to strike again. So, does master Powell capture lightning in a bottle once more? Yes and no. And that answer is only if you compare it to Horton Hears A Who.

The Lorax is a score you can take at face value. It is pure John Powell goodness and it goes down with ease. I enjoyed every moment of it from the classic Powellesque chords to some quirky moments that remind you this is the world of Dr. Seuss. The emotional side of the score can be described as sweet, and overall this is a purely sweet score. It will make you smile and the way he wraps everything up brings the themes full circle. The last track is especially touching. However it lacked that beautiful existential yearning heard in Horton Hears A Who. The music echoed so much in that film and the final act is emotionally arresting. If I had to compare then I would say The Lorax is that structure except just dialed down a notch. Overall, it's the pure Powell you know and love.

I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this score. It's sweet and has moments of gentle beauty. The long track times really let the music work over you and it sucks you in. I didn't have any tears rolling down my cheeks from this one though (I did for Horton) so don't expect anything grand. With another Ice Age coming up I can't imagine Powell will work wonders there either, but here's hoping he matches what he did in Ice Age 2. For now The Lorax will satisfy our Powell cravings for a few months.