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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.
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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."
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The characters of Ted and Audrey are named after Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel) and his second wife Audrey Geisel.
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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.
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Whilst playing board games with the family, Grammy Norma can make the word "Lorax" with the scrabble balls she has.
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The film premiered on March 2, 2012 - Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday.
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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.
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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 a 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.
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Ed Helms voices both the young, and old versions of the Once-ler.
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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.
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In the original 1972 animated 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.
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The film boasts more than seventy 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.
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This is the first film to feature Universal's 100th Anniversary logo.
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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.
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Dr. Seuss' 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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At the movie's premiere, Zac Efron dropped a condom on the ground during picture taking.
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As Ted gathers everything to see the Once-ler, there is a Minion figure from Despicable Me (2010) in Ted's drawer.
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The logo on Ted's shoes say "Gru's Shoes" on the sides of them.
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The first film from Illumination to be given an IMAX 3-D 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 Thneedville on his desk.
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The second fully CGI animated film based on a Dr. Seuss book, the first being Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
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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 and WBC welterweight champion.
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Jenny Slate and Rob Riggle's first animated film.
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The first Dr. Seuss movie to be released in 3-D.
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In Despicable Me (2010), Margo wore a Lorax shirt as a possible teaser to this film. A similar thing occurred in Despicable Me 3 (2017) where she wore a Grinch shirt as a teaser to another Dr. Seuss film from Illumation, The Grinch (2018).
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The eleventh biggest grossing film of 2012.
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Argentinian film Producer Axel Kuschevatzky dubbed Mr. O'Hare on the Latin American Spanish speaking prints of the movie.
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When Ted opens his bed side table, a mini minion figurine can be seen.
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This is Danny DeVito's fifth animated film, after My Little Pony: The Movie (1986), Look Who's Talking Now (1993), Space Jam (1996), and Hercules (1997).
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Rob Riggle voices the young and old versions of Mr. O'Hare.
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Illumination's third feature film.
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First Theatrically released CGI animated Dr. Seuss film to be Rated PG by the MPAA and the third theatrically released Dr. Seuss film to be Rated PG by the MPAA.
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Ed Helms 2nd Animated film, after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
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Illumination's only Dr. Seuss film that's not a reboot of a previous film.
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This is the first fully animated film starring Danny DeVito to be rated PG by the MPAA, and his second film doing voice over in to be rated PG by the MPAA, following Space Jam (1996).
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This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to be french animated feature created by Illumination Mac Guff.
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The second Dr. Seuss' animated film to star Experienced voice actor Bill Farmer, after Horton Hears a Who! (2008), which as well as also listing him under the Additional Voices had him being listed outside it as well.
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The pollution scene marks a connection to factories in the Industrial Revolution pollution controversy.
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From the Creators of "Despicable Me".
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This is Illumination's first musical film.
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Both Danny DeVito and Betty White voiced characters in Disney's Hercules (1997). Devito as Phil, and White as Hestia.
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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 (with no man-made instruments at all).
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Despite being a singer by trade, Taylor Swift doesn't sing in the final song (Let it grow).
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