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The Lorax (2012)

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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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Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda (co-director)

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Dr. Seuss (based on the book by), Cinco Paul (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... The Lorax (voice)
Ed Helms ... The Once-ler (voice)
Zac Efron ... Ted (voice)
Taylor Swift ... Audrey (voice)
Betty White ... Grammy Norma (voice)
Rob Riggle ... Mr. O'Hare (voice)
Jenny Slate ... Ted's Mom (voice)
Nasim Pedrad ... Once-ler's Mom (voice)
Joel Swetow ... 1st Marketing Guy (voice)
Michael Beattie ... 2nd Marketing Guy (voice)
Dave B. Mitchell Dave B. Mitchell ... 1st Commercial Guy (voice) (as Dave Mitchell)
Dempsey Pappion ... 2nd Commercial Guy (voice)
Elmarie Wendel ... Aunt Grizelda (voice)
Danny Cooksey ... Brett / Chet (voice)
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Uncle Ubb (voice)
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,217,070, 4 March 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$214,030,500

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$348,840,316
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Ted's calendar in his room shows 35 days in October. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The logo of Illumination Entertainment features two Minions try to chop a truffula tree down with a chainsaw, but they are interrupted by a large, heavy Bar-ba-loot falling one of them. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Scissors (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

These Trees
Written by John Powell and Cinco Paul
Performed by Ed Helms
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Better than the cat in the hat, but not great
4 October 2015 | by Filvies144See all my reviews

Now before this film was bad they made 2 awful live-action adaptations, the Grinch, and the Cat in the hat. They were so bad that Dr. Suess's wife did not allow any more of them. Then they made Horton hears a who animated, which was decent. But now lets look at this one.

OK, lets start with the plot. The main plot is pretty weak because it's about a boy who lives in a town with no trees but fake designs that people like called thneedvile. He visits the onceler not because he was interested in nature. He gets in trouble by the mayor doing it, but he does it to receive a seed for a truffula tree, for a girl. Yep, that's all. But the good thing is that the plot of the original book with the Lorax and the onceler is pretty good. So the main story is not well written, but the books plot is.

The animation is pretty good. The character design has always been a weak point at illumination, but it is decent. The environment is very colorful and looks excellent. So you got to hand it to the animation.

The characters I like the most is the onceler . The onceler because he goes through development, and knows that what he did was wrong. Danny DeVito does good as the Lorax, but the Lorax doesn't get enough screen time, but is slightly annoying as the onceler said it best. The other characters are very one dimensional and the mayor would've been a better villain if he had been more sinister.

There are 4 surprise musical numbers. All of them are horrendous. With bad lyrics, bad tune, and are very surprising and annoying. They are only a little better than Rebecca Black's Friday, but that's not saying anything at all. These songs are horrid! So the verdict overall is that it's not any better than the just OK Horton hears a who movie. It's just not. The animation is pretty good, but I forgot to tell you that the jokes are pretty bad actually. With only 2 good characters but otherwise a one dimensional cast, a weak main story, and atrocious songs, it is an improvement of the live action films, but it is still just not good. It's just not.

Story: 4.5/10 Animation: 7.5/10 Characters: 4.5/10 Songs: 1.25/10 4/10


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