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The Lorax (2012)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  2 March 2012 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Lorax (voice)
The Once-ler (voice)
Ted (voice)
Audrey (voice)
Grammy Norma (voice)
Mr. O'Hare (voice)
Ted's Mom (voice)
Once-ler's Mom (voice)
Dave B. Mitchell ...
1st Commercial Guy (voice) (as Dave Mitchell)
Aunt Grizelda (voice)
Brett / Chet (voice)
Uncle Ubb (voice)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$213,949,505 (USA) (20 July 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Argentinian film producer Axel Kuschevatzky dubbed Mr. O'Hare on the Latin American Spanish speaking prints of the movie. See more »


After O'Hare is done telling Ted to never leave the city again, he gets in his car. When he gets in his car is on one side of the tunnel, and when he drives away, it's on the other side. See more »


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 Spaceballs (1987) See more »


Let It Grow (Celebrate the World)
Written by Christopher Stewart (as Christopher "Tricky" Stewart), Ester Dean, Cinco Paul, John Powell and Aaron Pearce
Produced by Christopher Stewart (as Christopher "Tricky" Stewart)
Performed by Ester Dean
Courtesy of Zone 4/Interscope Records
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User Reviews

Two Stories, One Vastly Superior
9 April 2014 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

All reviewers of this movie seem to either love it or hate it, and it's easy to see why.

As has been pointed out to death, the "modernized" Hollywood story added in of a celebrity-voiced kid trying to win a girl and overcome a two- dimensional villain in the process is thoroughly uninteresting, and will make older moviegoers angry at the lack of effort made in expanding the story.

The Once-ler's tale, on the other hand, is the story carried over from the book, one of unchecked ambition and carelessness. The Once-ler is morally gray and this is done very well, as he is likable, yet you're never sure- is he a villain? A misguided hero? Somewhere in between? Sure, it's padded out with cutesy animals, but knowing what becomes of them in the end makes it considerably less innocent. This story is where Seuss's message is, and it still makes it through.

The score by John Powell is epic and the animation and designs are gorgeous, which add great atmosphere in the darker parts of the movie. The environmental message is very un-subtle, and people who dislike that in other movies will dislike it here.

One need only listen to the cut song "Biggering" to see how powerful this story could have gotten. And they just didn't have the guts. But beauty does manage to seep through in places, and this is one movie that I'd highly recommend seeing only parts of.

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