Happy 109th birthday, Dr. Seuss! The legendary children's book author single-handedly transformed lil ones' bookshelves, writing more than 44 books that rhymed their way into kids' (and their parents') hearts. Now, he's transforming our iPhones and iPads with visually stunning apps that are entertaining and educating a new generation of Seuss fans. In honor of Theodor Geisel's birthday, and the release of The Lorax, Oceanhouse Media is putting most of their Dr. Seuss app collection on sale. Happy Birthday to You! on sale for just $3, and other games and books will be offered for free! Keep reading to see our celebratory picks!
From wild, red-haired, arrow-shooting princesses to tree-protecting mythical creatures, many endearing characters were introduced to our children on the big screen. Both zoo and prehistoric animals, pirates, video-game heroes, and even Jack Frost got in on the animated action this year, which was a great one for kids' movies. They taught our littlest ones important lessons about self-confidence and environmental responsibility, and, of course, made them laugh out loud over and over again. So what was your favorite animated film of 2012? Weigh in below!
According to a very informal survey of LilSugar editors, moms love The Lorax as much, if not more, than their kids. It's an opinion shared by mom-blogger Smita of The Party Wall, who dreamed up an imaginative, intricate, and fanciful party inspired by the book and film for her son's fifth birthday party. Full of characters and imagery from the book, upcycled decor, and eco-friendly activities, this party has an almost overwhelming amount of detail, most of which Smita created all by herself. A 12-page personalized invitation book, written by Smita in Seuss-speak, an insanely amazing cake, and some awesomely creative, thoughtful extras (kids had to bring five cents, a nail, and the shell of a great-grandfather snail, which Smita provided, to gain entry to the bash) make this one of our most-loved parties ever. Keep clicking to check out some of our favorite details.
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Stepping outside of the Twilight franchise, Robert Pattinson stars as Georges Duroy, a young soldier sleeping his way into the upper echelon of late 19th century Paris society. On his way to the top, Georges romances many women, including Madeleine (Uma Thurman), Clotilde (Christina Ricci), and Virginie (Kristen Scott Thomas). Despite a beautiful backdrop and cast, Pattinson's performance falls flat, along with the film. The DVD comes with interviews with the main cast and directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.
Danny DeVito voices the titular character from Dr. Seuss's classic children's book in this musical CGI retelling. Zac Efron also lends his vocals to the film as a boy searching for a Truffala tree to win the affections of his dream girl (Taylor Swift). While on his journey, he encounters The Lorax, a furry orange creature dedicated to preserving the once-bountiful land. The message may be pure, but the frenetically paced movie is muddled with too much action and music. Extras include three short films, sing-a-longs, featurettes, and deleted scenes.
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The Hunger Games held tight to its top spot at the box office this weekend, raking in $61.1 million in its second week across 4,137 screens nationwide. Wrath of the Titans came in second, earning a respectable $32.4 million in its debut. The Julia Roberts-led fairy tale Mirror Mirror opened with $19 million while 21 Jump Street brought in $15 million in its third week. The Lorax trailed in fifth with $8 million.
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It was an incredibly exciting weekend at the box office for The Hunger Games, which annihilated the competition with $155 million — the third highest opening weekend of all time! The film also set new records for the highest midnight opening for a non-sequel and the best opening day and weekend for a non-sequel. 21 Jump Street trailed in a very distant second with $21.3 million, pushing The Lorax down to third with $13.1 million. John Carter took fourth place with $5 million, and Act of Valor retained the number five spot with $2 million.
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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have proved to be a formidable comedic duo at the box office, as 21 Jump Street debuted at No. 1 with $35 million — that's Tatum's second number-one movie of 2012 (the first was The Vow). The Lorax slid to second with $22.8 million, while John Carter clung to third with $13.5 million. Project X trailed in fourth with $4 million, and A Thousand Years finished off the top five with $3.7 million. Will Ferrell's Casa de mi Padre opened in ninth with $2.2 million in limited release.
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Despite Taylor Kitsch's shirtless presence, John Carter wasn't able to top the box office in its first weekend of release — it came in second place with $30.6 million, ceding the No. 1 spot to last weekend's winner, The Lorax, which earned $39.1 million. In third place was Project X with $11.6 million, followed by the new horror release Silent House with $7,010,000 million. Nipping at its heels for the fourth spot was Act of Valor, with $7 million. New release A Thousand Words only reached sixth place with $6.4 million, while indie Friends With Kids opened at $2.2 million.
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Zac Efron was fresh faced for a photocall in Madrid today. He posed for The Lorax overseas with costar Danny DeVito after traveling to Spain yesterday. Zac had a layover at Heathrow Airport, where he sported his flashy zebra-stripe sunglasses and a hat while waiting for his next flight. Zac's been on the go doing press for the animated feature, including a stop on Conan to talk about his aggressive female fans. There's one lady he hasn't opened up about, though — his rumored girlfriend Lily Collins. She's been busy promoting her own project, Mirror Mirror, and while she didn't confirm their relationship, she did share that she's interested in "someone that's open to spontaneity and not close-minded — and makes you feel like being you is enough."
Family flicks proved to be lucrative once again at the box office, as The Lorax took in $70.7 million in its opening weekend. Not only is that the biggest debut from a Dr. Seuss film, but it's also the biggest opening weekend of 2012 so far. Trailing in second was Project X, which opened with $20.7 million. In third place was Act of Valor, which fell from the top spot and earned $13.7 million, followed by Safe House with $7.2 million. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds completed the top five with $7 million.
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