How the Grinch Stole Christmas might still be the highest-grossing Dr. Seuss film, but The Lorax is a close second. Comcast‘s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Pictures gathered the voices of Danny Devito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift to remake the classic, whimsical, environmentalist book, and it was the first animated film in the year up to its release to gross more than $200 million in North America.
Despite its impressive numbers, not all fans were pleased with this take on the classic.
For starters, the film lacked the typical Dr. Seuss rhymes, and mocked them the few times they were used. On top of that, there were more than 70 product placements in the film, which viewers were especially critical of since they were aimed at children. Doing justice to any beloved children’s classic is naturally a challenge, but having it overflow with marketing definitely isn’t the path to success.
We hope the makers of Peanuts learn from these seven stumbling attempts at remakes, though, and that things go better when Snoopy & Co. hit the big screen.
As of this writing, Alyssa Oursler did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.