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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (also known as The Lorax) is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment and based on Dr. Seuss's children's book of the same name. The film was released by Universal Pictures on March 2, 2012, on what it would be the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss.


Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville. Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree. To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature.

Why It Rocks[]

  1. Some of the songs are catchy, like Let It Grow and How Bad Can I Be.
  2. The voice acting is decent, except for Zac Efron as Ted.
  3. The humor is mildly funny.
  4. Very bright and colorful animation that fits the Dr. Seuss' style.
  5. The message is strong.
  6. The Lorax and The Once-ler, despite the latter being flanderized, are the only two likable characters with character development.
  7. Things that are from the book are well-adapted and very faithful to the book.
  8. The ending is pure heartwarming.
  9. The film's success lead to Audrey Geisel announcing CGI reboots for "The Cat in the Hat" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" for the Dr. Seuss Cinematic Universe. "The Lorax" was the first installment because of this.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. Things that are not from the book are just pointless, dumb, confusing, mediocre, and not very faithful to the book.
  2. Some of the characters are flanderized from their book counterparts. Ted is just a kid who seeks the Once-ler not because he's interested in nature, but to win the love of his crush, Audrey, and The Once-ler goes from the book's greedy capitalist into a wide-eyed innocent guy who was pushed by his family to cut down the trees instead of following his own desires.
  3. The Lorax doesn't appear on screen that much.
  4. The Bar-ba-loots and Humming Fish, while enjoyable in their own right, are just Minion cash-ins.
  5. Characters such as Audrey and O'Hare are not from the book.
  6. Incorrect casting choices: Both Ted and Audrey (the latter of whom is voiced by Taylor Swift of all people) are miscast as they sound way too old for their ages.


  • This is the first Illumination film composed by John Powell.
  • This is the first Illumination musical film, followed by Sing.
    • It is also Universal Pictures' sixth animated musical film, after An American TailJetsons: The MovieAn American Tail: Fievel Goes WestWe're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie.
  • This is the first computer animated film by Illumination Mac Guff.
  • This is the first Dr. Seuss animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA.
  • The second Universal's animated theatrical film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me.
  • Nasim Pedrad voices the Once-ler's mother. Pedrad will later voice Jillian in Despicable Me 2.
  • This is the first Dr. Seuss' film produced by Illumination. The second adaptation being The Grinch.
  • The film premiered on March 2, 2012 - Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday.
  • When playing board games with the family, Grammy Norma makes 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 is the only Illumination film to feature Universal's 100th Anniversary logo.
  • This was the 11th biggest grossing film of 2012.
  • Unlike the original book, the Once-ler is shown fully in the story as a human. According to Chris Meledandri, "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." [1]
  • While Ted gathers the items needed to see the Once-ler. A minion figurine can be briefly seen.
    • Also, Ted's sneakers brand are "Gru's Shoes", with a minion as the logo.
  • The second Illumination film to begin with the opening credits, after Hop.
  • This is the second Illumination film to use profanity after Hop which once O'Hare mutters "damn" during the chase scene near the end. This was the only noted reason for the film's PG rating from the MPAA. However, if there was no profanity being used in the film, then it would have been rated G.
  • Although they go uncredited because they had no lines of dialogue in the movie at all (though Morty says "Ooh." when he bumped into O'Hare with the O'Hare van), O'Hare's henchmen are named Morty and McGurk.
    • Also, O'Hare calls them by name only once, when he orders them to search Ted's room for the Truffula seed.