Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax scored big at the box office this weekend raking in 70 Million Dollars!
The staff here at Lunch Pig is very impressed with the comprehensive marketing efforts coming from Illumination Entertainment. Promotion is EVERYWHERE including at IHOP where our review (below) takes place. Wow!
March 2, 2012, would have been the 108th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, or as everyone remembers him, Dr Seuss.
To celebrate this day Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures are releasing Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax as a 3D movie in IMAX, starring Danny DeVito as the Lorax himself, Zac Efron is Ted, the boy in search of the forest, Ed Helms is the Once-ler and as his mom, SNL’s Nasim Pedrad. Rob Riggle plays the villain Mr O’Hare and Betty White is there as Grammy Norma, Ted’s grandmother. Last but not least and starring as Ted’s romantic interest, Taylor Swift as Audrey. The films soundtrack is by John Powell and Cinco Paul.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a tale of a young boy named Ted living in Thneed-ville. What makes Thneed-ville different is that except for it’s citizens, everything is artificial. Ted has his heart set on Audrey,the girl next door who’s only wish is to see a real live Truffula Tree. so to win her heart over, Ted plans on finding that tree for her. As he searches he discovers the truth about Thneed-ville and meets the Once-ler and finds out about the Lorax. It’s a wonderful story that teaches the lesson in being careful with your resources and even environmentalism. The original book was published in 1971 and has sold over 1.6 million copies with sales doubling each year as of 2003.
“Green Eggs and Ham, seriously?”
IHOP for a limited time will be offering a special menu for this release. With a menu straight from the movie, the Lorax “Green Eggs and Ham” meal consists of Scrambled eggs and creamed spinach, a slice of ham and hash browns. With the meal you get a choice of Truffula Chip Pancakes or a Rooty Tooty Bar-Ba-Looty Blueberry Cone Cake. For the less adventurous you can also substitute a regular stack of pancakes.
OLIVER: I have a 3 year old son and this has put things like Dr Seuss on my radar, so when I saw the coupon for IHOP and their special promotion for the Lorax I thought it would be a fun way to have breakfast. We arrived after 10am and the place was packed. We sat in their waiting area for a good 10 minutes, it was comfortable and the wait was not bad. After being seated we were given their special menus for the Lorax Meals. The main dish is Green Eggs and Ham. The green eggs are creamed spinach mixed with scrambled eggs. I thought these tasted very good and like usual, IHOP gets the eggs right. They were lightly seasoned and only required a little pepper to make it like I wanted. I had never had spinach with my eggs before, and that in itself is kind of odd, since I love eggs and I love spinach. Live and learn. I am definitely a fan of the combination and will be making these at home in the future.
“this is as sweet as anything you should dare eat”
I ordered the Rooty Tooty Bar-Ba-Looty Blueberry Cone Cake as my side. I love blueberry and jumped at the chance to try this. Unfortunately for Carl, Lunch Pig rules means he had to pick one of the other offerings. This is an unusual sort of side dish. It is literally a waffle cone with pancake batter inside and then a generous amount of blueberry compote and powdered sugar. It is tasty, but maybe a little too sweet, OK not maybe, this is as sweet as anything you should dare eat, but this is supposed to be a fun breakfast, and not what you eat each time you go out.
It’s a really fun way to start the day with the little ones and maybe even go see the movie. I wanted to try it for the sake of doing it. The spinach and eggs were delicious and I look forward to eating more of it. The ham was standard breakfast ham and was both good and had a nice texture to it.
One thing that makes it a little different is that instead of the typical cokes, we got coffee. The taste of coffee can be subjective, but I say their coffee is pretty good and they always made sure that our drinks and coffee pot were full. I have to say I really enjoyed the whole “Green Eggs and Ham” and Dr Seuss theme. I give them a solid 4 pigs for the good food and for reminding me it is OK to have fun.
I will try them.
You will see.Say!
I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!
So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!
I do so like
green eggs and ham!
CARL: IHOP is one of those restaurants I seem to visit while on vacation. I have fond memories of Big Bear California ski trips ending and starting with a trip to the Big Bear IHOP. Oddly I tend to gravitate toward smaller chains or independent restaurants when dining locally. The purpose of today’s visit was to try the Lorax Green Eggs and Ham and that’s exactly what I did. Oliver was planning to order his breakfast with the Rooty Tooty Bar-Ba-Looty Blueberry Cone Cake so I opted for the Truffula Chip Pancakes. The overall presentation was good and there was plenty of food. My eggs were a bit more runny than I like – most likely due to the moisture introduced from the creamed spinach. Both the eggs and the hash browns were mild and not very spicy. I probably should have spiced them up with some Tabasco or pepper. The HUGE slice of ham was pleasantly lean and tasty. Once I polished off the main course I turned my attention to the Truffula Chip Pancakes. One look at that stack of pancakes with the pink icing and the rainbow sprinkles and you know it is going to be very sweet. If you are over the age of 13 this will probably be too sweet for you. Overall a fun experience, good service and pleasant folks talking care of you. I give IHOP and the Lorax breakfast specials 4 Pigs – mostly for the fun factor.
In his honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday, March 2 is National Read Across America Day, as initiated by The National Education Association.
The IHOP Commercial
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The Movie Trailer
The Lorax Movie is Rated PG and running time is 1 hour, 35 minutes.