28th Feb 2012Posted in: News Comments Off
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio Bring The Lorax to LifeAs the screenwriters behind both The Lorax and 2008's Horton Hears a Who!, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have become the go-to guys for bringing Dr. Seuss to the silver screen. As such, they well know the unique challenges presented by adapting the works of one of the most beloved writers of all time. Not the least among these challenges is the pressure put upon them by legions of fans, not to mention the Seuss estate, to get the author's timeless and instantly recognizable stories right.
For Paul and Daurio, staying true to the whimsical-yet-cautionary tale of the Lorax, an environmental guardian ("I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.") who tries to protect his forest from the corporate greed of the Once-ler, is made at once easier and more difficult by the fact that they are themselves huge fans of Dr. Seuss. "[We] consider him a genius," notes Paul, "and didn't want to do anything to tarnish or water down what he's done."