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Ed Helms: The Once-ler



  • Once-ler : Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.

  • Once-ler : It's a girl, isn't it?

    Ted : What? No!

    Once-ler : Really. Because when a guy does something stupid once, well, that's because he's guy. But he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl.

  • The Lorax : Which way does a tree fall?

    Once-ler : Uhhhh... down?

    The Lorax : A tree falls the way it leans. be careful which way you lean.

  • Ted : The last seed?

    Once-ler : It's not about what it is. It's about what it can become. Just like... you're not just a boy.

  • Once-ler : Why are you so interested in trees, anyway? Why aren't you like other kids? Breakdancing and wearing bellbottoms and playing the Donkey Kongs?

    Ted : [laughs]  Yeah. Right, right. I don't know. Uh, I just thought it might be kinda cool to have one.

    Once-ler : [knowingly]  Uh-huh. It's a girl, isn't it?

    Ted : [scoffs]  What? No!

    Once-ler : Really? Because when a guy does something stupid once, well that's because he's a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl.

    Ted : Hey, she is not just some girl! She's a woman. In high school. And she loves trees. And I'm gonna get her one.

    Once-ler : Awww. How nice to see someone so undeterred by things like reality.

    Ted : Thank you.

  • Once-ler : It all started a long time ago.

    Ted : Can we start not so long ago, maybe?

    Once-ler : Do you want a tree?

    Ted : Yes, yes.

    Once-ler : Then it all started a long, long time ago.

  • Once-ler : Whoa, whoa, whoa! You wouldn't hit a woman.

    The Lorax : Hoo! That's a woman?

  • Once-ler : You wanna know about trees? About what happened to them? They're gone.


    Once-ler : It's because of me.

    Ted : Huh?

    [a Whisper-ma-Phone chutes down to Ted. Ted leans in to hear] 

    Once-ler : [shouts]  IT'S BECAUSE OF ME!

  • Once-ler : Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, things aren't going to get better. They're not.

    Ted : You do know that you are talking in rhyme, don't you?

  • Once-ler : [whispers]  Thank you, Ted.

  • The Lorax : [first meets Once-ler]  Hey!

    [Once-ler screams and falls backwards] 

    The Lorax : Did you chop down this tree?

    Once-ler : Uhh... No.

    The Lorax : Who did it?

    Once-ler : [gasps]  What's that?

    [the Lorax looks back and Once-ler drops his ax on Pipsqueak the Bar-ba-loot] 

    Once-ler : I think he did it.

    The Lorax : [growls]  Leave! Vacate the premises! Take your ax and get out!

    Once-ler : And who are you?

    The Lorax : Hey, hey! I-I'm the Lorax! Guardian of the forest. I speak for the trees.

    [doesn't get a reaction from Once-ler] 

    The Lorax : So you're telling me, that you didn't see me magically appear out of that stump. With all the thunder and lightning. You didn't see any of that?

    Once-ler : No. But, that sounds amazing. Can I see some of that?

    The Lorax : Yeah, I could show you. But that's not how it works.

  • Once-ler : [admiring his first thneed]  Now that's a thneed! Nothing unmanly about knitting. No sir!

  • Once-ler : [after being pulled from the river and revived by the Lorax]  Now, I have a big day tomorrow, so I am going to get some sleep.

    [walks off, but comes back and walks in the opposite direction] 

    Once-ler : Once I find my bed.

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