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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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The Lorax (voice)
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The Once-ler (voice)
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Ted (voice)
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Audrey (voice)
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Grammy Norma (voice)
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Mr. O'Hare (voice)
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Ted's Mom (voice)
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Once-ler's Mom (voice)
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Dave B. Mitchell ...
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Aunt Grizelda (voice)
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Brett / Chet (voice)
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Uncle Ubb (voice)
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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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From the creators of Despicable Me.


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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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2 March 2012 (USA)  »

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,217,070 (USA) (2 March 2012)

Gross:

$213,949,505 (USA) (20 July 2012)
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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." See more »

Goofs

During the "How Bad Can I Be" song it is seen that the Once' Ler has his sunglasses on when he adds the Truffula tree to his shirt, and a few shots later he is shown putting his sunglasses on. See more »

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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.
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An enjoyable and touching film
3 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Allow me to start out by saying that this film is by no means a masterpiece in animation. Though what it lacks in animated finesse, it more than makes up for in character depth, storyline and moral. People will always say and i quote "it is forcing us to protect the environment and enforcing an opinion on us, one we don't wish to have". Others claim and once again i quote "It is brainwashing our kids minds". Those are quite arrogant and backward stances to take in my opinion. These days anything with heart and educational content and a moral that is important is considered a brainwashing tactic by Hollywood. And violence and depravity is considered ground breaking in cinema. Well everyone is entitled to an opinion i guess.

This film showcases real issues in a fictional but effective way. Greed, corruption, mindless following of authority figures, capitalism, environmental decay and degradation and its effect on wildlife and people too jaded to realize what is going on. The hard hitting truth. An attempt to awaken and educate a new generation but with fun and a beautifully told, very exciting story.

Now back to the film. If you have a preconceived prejudiced opinion or if you don't believe in environmental conservation and educating the kids who are the next generation then you probably won't enjoy it. If moral messages in film make you feel opinions are being shoved down your throat, it is not for you. However if you enjoy good fun animation, great songs, a good moral and a touching story that in the end may just have you in tears then i suggest you try it out. It is very worthwhile.

These days it is great to see educational and powerful messages being put into animated films since movies are the prime source of entertainment. It is a great way to get messages, educational and moral, out there since now reading books is even becoming a thing of the past among most youth. As i said: THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. And all in all is a fun film, that is meant to teach our kids, the next generation, that it starts with you. It has a grave and very factual message that some will not appreciate.

The cast and voice acting is wonderful. Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Ed Helms, Jenny Slate and Rob Riggle were really great in their respective voiced roles. The animation is really vivid and feels like an explosive burst of color. Very imaginative. Fun songs too. When i saw it in the cinema months ago, the girl next to me was even singing along. I think this was her second watch. I especially liked how the towns folk would always join in like a flashmob, singing and dancing. As i have said, great message and the last scene may have you tearing up. Fun, action packed, thrilling, great music and a great story. A 10/10 in my books. Though many shall disagree as it is certainly not for everyone.


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