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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 »


When Ted's mother escapes in her car, you can see the doll in the back seat. After that it disappears during the whole chase sequence, then appears again when she stops. 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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References Donkey Kong (1981) See more »


This Is the Place (Tricky Version)
Written by John Powell and Cinco Paul
Performed by Ed Helms
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User Reviews

Kids deserve better
4 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Look just because a movie is a kid's movie doesn't mean that the writer's should just slap some crap together and put it out there. I know that kids are easily entertained, but here's a thought, when you make a movie, HAVE A POINT! The Lorax meandered through it's thin storyline like a teenage girl through the mall on a Saturday afternoon, stopping everywhere just to "look at stuff". The best lines of the movie were blurted during all of the previews for weeks ahead of time, and they had no more. The main character wasn't interesting and I saw several children fast asleep clutching their soda or candy. The best thing about this movie will end up being the fact that harried parent's will be able to put it on at bedtime, guaranteed that their little one will indeed be asleep shortly.

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