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(2012)

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Danny DeVito reprised the voice of The Lorax for the Spanish, Russian, Italian and German dubbed versions.
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."
The film premiered on March 2, 2012 - Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday.
Whilst playing board games with the family, Grammy Norma can make the word "Lorax" with the scrabble balls she has.
The characters of Ted and Audrey are named after Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel) and his second wife Audrey Geisel.
This film is the first interpretation of the story to put a face to the Once-Ler. In the book and the original cartoon, the Once-Ler is only depicted from the arms down.
The original name of the town in the movie is Greenville (as can be seen in the scene where the Once-ler is selling his thneeds in the town center, "Greenville Circle") before the commercial success of the product changed the name to Thneedville.
After the success of Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Audrey Geisel, Dr Seuss' widow, approached Illumination's head Christopher Meledandri and said she wanted to do The Lorax next.
Ed Helms voices both the young and old versions of the Onceler.
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.
This is the first film to feature Universal's 100th Anniversary logo.
The film boasts more than 70 product integration deals, a rather high number considering the ecological message that the film imparts. One of the partnerships, with Mazda, was particularly singled out for being ill-judged.
As Ted gathers everything to see the Once-ler, there is a Minion, from Despicable Me (2010), figure in Ted's drawer.
When the characters are throwing money toward the Once-ler when they begin to love his invention, the money has the Mayor of Whoville's face on it.
In the original 1972 Cartoon version, The Once-Ler was never sympathetic to the Lorax before the last Truffula tree fell; differing from this film where Once-Ler and the Lorax were friends.
At the movie's premiere, Zac Efron dropped a condom on the ground during picture taking.
The first film from Illumination to be given an IMAX 3D release (or IMAX Tree-D as the publicity called it).
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When the Once-ler walks into his office, he sits down at his desk and there is a miniature model of Thneed-ville on his desk.
The second fully CGI animated film based on a Dr Seuss book, the first being Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
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The first Dr Seuss movie to be released in 3D.
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The logo on Ted's shoes say "Gru's Shoes" on the sides of them.
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Argentinian film producer Axel Kuschevatzky dubbed Mr. O'Hare on the Latin American Spanish speaking prints of the movie.
The 11th biggest grossing film of 2012.
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If O'hare was able to seal the door to the city how was Ted able to get back into the city after visiting the Onceler the third time.
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Although they go uncredited because they have no lines of dialogue at all in the movie, O'Hare's henchmen are called Buddy and Mcgirt, O'Hare calls them by name only once when he orders them to search Ted's room for the Truffula seed. Together they are named after retired champion boxer James Walter "Buddy" McGirt, who during his boxing career was the IBF light-welterweight champion and Lineal/WBC welterweight champion.
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Dr. Seuss's widow ended up loving what Illumination Entertainment had done so much that she gave the rights to them to continue making films based on the books.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The soundtrack reflects the natural vs. man-made nature of the scene. For example, the opening song "Thneedville" describes the thoroughly artificial town with completely electronic music. Meanwhile, the finale "Let It Grow" and the planting of an all-natural tree is made with almost all acoustic instruments. "Let It Grow" even includes a capella choral music, i.e. with no man-made instruments at all.
Taylor Swift, a singer, doesn't sing in the final song (Let it grow).

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