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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

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The Lorax (voice)
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The Once-ler (voice)
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Ted (voice)
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Audrey (voice)
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Grammy Norma (voice)
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Mr. O'Hare (voice)
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Ted's Mom (voice)
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Once-ler's Mom (voice)
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Dave B. Mitchell ...
1st Commercial Guy (voice) (as Dave Mitchell)
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Aunt Grizelda (voice)
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Brett / Chet (voice)
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Uncle Ubb (voice)
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In the walled city of Thneed-Ville, where everything is artificial and even the air is a commodity, a boy named Ted hopes to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey. When he learns of her wish to see a real tree, Ted seeks out the Once-ler, a ruined old businessman outside of town in a stark wasteland. Upon hearing of how the hermit gave into his greed for profits and devastated the land over the protests of the Lorax, Ted is inspired to undo the disaster. However, the greedy Mayor of Thneed-Ville, Aloysius O'Hare, has made his fortune exploiting the environmental collapse and is determined to stop the boy from undermining his business. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,217,070 (USA) (2 March 2012)

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$213,949,505 (USA) (20 July 2012)
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Unlike the original book, the Once-ler is shown fully in the story as a human. Executive producer Christopher Meledandri said of the change, "The minute you make the Once-ler a monster, you allow the audience to interpret that the problem is caused by somebody who is different from me, and it ceases to be a story that is about all of us. Then it's a story about, 'Oh I see, the person who led us into the predicament is not a person. It's somebody very, very different.' And so it takes you off the hook." See more »

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When the young once-ler is throwing things out of his wagon at the animals behind him, the big bear is seen in two shots. Then, when the camera widens to see the angry animals, the big bear is walking up and is surprised to see his friends so angry. See more »

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Once-ler: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.
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References Airplane! (1980) See more »

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These Trees
Written by John Powell, Cinco Paul
Performed by Ed Helms
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Another in a short list of quality films based on a Dr. Seuss book
24 November 2012 | by (Saratoga Springs,NY) – See all my reviews

After numerous attempts at live-action films, have animators finally found their groove when depicting a tale by the late, legendary Dr. Seuss? Or are the majority of professional reviewers correct in their belief that the subject matter is not expansive enough for a full-length feature?

Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) is a twelve year-old boy in the perfectly plastic metropolis of Thneedville. Everything in Thneedville is artificial and air itself is only available to those who pay for it. Ted (Efron), more than anything, wants to impress Audrey. Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift) wants to see a real tree, but all the ones in Thneedville are electric and powered by batteries. Some even come equipped with a disco function utilizing music and mirrored balls. Ted asks his family where he might find a tree and his grandmother (voiced by Betty White) says that if he wants to know about trees he'll have to venture outside of town and ask the Once-ler. The Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) is a hermit who never leaves his house and refuses to even speak to visitors until his very specific, very peculiar demands are met. Once they are, he begins to recount the epic tale of his arrival in the forest and eventual introduction to its protector and advocate The Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito).

In such politically-charged times, there'll no doubt be critics who decry this film as preachy or anti-business. Perhaps if I held beliefs similar to said critics, I might agree. As I don't hold such beliefs, what I saw was highly entertaining and even hilarious. I'm no fan of Zac Efron or Taylor Swift, but they were up to the task and while Danny DeVito might not have been the best choice, in my opinion, he managed. If you have young children, this film is a must-see that you might actually enjoy and if you don't have children, who knows? You might just enjoy it anyway. I did.


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