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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?


When the Once-ler is walking to his office once he became rich, what appears to be a blow-up magazine cover is hanging on the wall. It is caption "Too big to fail", which is an colloquial term in economics to define an institution whose failure would bring catastrophic consequences to the economy. After the 2009 banking collapse, modern economists have said that institutions too big to fail are simply too big to exist. See more »


The second time Ted goes to see the Once-ler, he accelerates his scooter using the left handle; in the rest of the movie, the accelerator is in the (usual) right-hand handle. See more »


Mr. O'Hare: You gotta be kidding me! Do you really think people are stupid enough to buy this?
2nd Marketing Guy: Our research shows that if you put something in a plastic bottle, people will buy it!
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User Reviews

Sometimes change is a good thing...
4 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

...in this case, changes from the book/original TV short. A lot of people have been lamenting the "frame story" this movie adds in, as well as the idea of making the Once-ler a human character. As far as the frame goes, it's done pretty well. It's a bit flat but perfectly enjoyable for younger kids. Making the Once-ler human, though? BRILLIANT. Hear me out. The original Once-ler was a faceless force of destruction, a shadowy embodiment of greed. This Once-ler is just a stupid kid with a dream, a guy who wants to change the world. He's not evil, but he lets his success get to his head, and that brings about his own downfall and the destruction of the forest. That's FANTASTIC, and here's why: that's how the world really is! Companies don't sit around all day cackling about how much smog they're pumping into the atmosphere; it's a process, and something that happened gradually. Obliviousness is just as dangerous as maliciousness, and that's a really powerful lesson. This can happen to YOU if you're not careful; anybody can hurt the planet if they don't pay attention. That's a rare lesson, and one I'm really pleased to see in this movie.

So, is it silly and stupid sometimes? Yes, of course. But it's colorful and exuberant, and in a lot of ways I think it really captured the "Seuss-ness" that similar remakes have missed. There's nothing offensive about it (besides the miserable marketing) and my little brother enjoyed it as a fun movie. I enjoyed it for giving us a deeper--and in my opinion, very powerful--character type: the accidental villain, the everydude who makes a horrible mistake that the environment suffers for. So take that as you will...but overall, I found myself liking this a lot more than I expected. Definitely worth a watch.

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