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Lorax Movie

Updated on March 28, 2012

The Lorax Animated Movie

Dr Seuss's The Lorax was released as a full-length 3D animation movie on the 2nd of March 2012. Here you can find out some information about the digitally animated Lorax movie including trailers, voice cast and creators.

The Lorax is Dr Seuss's story of consumerism versus environmentalism which pits the entrepreneurial Once-ler against conservation-minded Lorax. The Lorax Movie is a computer animated version of this story adapted from the book containing animation which attempts to be loyal to the original Dr Seuss illustrations and to capture the spirit of the book.

Whilst the Lorax movie is colourful, fun and full of energy, there is a very serious message in this story and in the past The Lorax has been a controversial character with those who perhaps share the philosophy of the Once-ler rather than The Lorax; perhaps this new Lorax movie will reignite the controversy?

Lorax Movie Trailer - Take A Look At What Is In The Movie!

Lorax 3D
Lorax 3D

Who Created The Lorax Movie?

The Lorax 3D movie is a joint project between Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment which uses computer generated animation to bring the famous Dr Seuss story to the big screen.

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax will be co-directed by Chris Renaud and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio; Paul & Daurio will write the script. Illumination's Chris Meledandri is named as producer of the Lorax movie, assisted by John Cohen and Janet Healy.

Chris Meledandri, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio were all involved in creating the Dr Seuss movie "Horton Hears A Who".

The good news is that Audrey Geisel, Dr Seuss's widow, is an executive producer; hopefully she will be able to ensure that a movie which captures the essence of the original will be made.

An interview with Chris Meledandri in which he discusses the Lorax movie can be seen here: Lorax Movie Interview.

Another interesting interview with the writers, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, can be read here - Lorax Movie Writer's Interview - in which they talk about how they will use 3D computer animation.

Reelz Channel has some funny suggestions for the casting of the Lorax movie.


The New Lorax

On the right is the digitally animated version of The Lorax, which is remarkably loyal to Dr Seuss's original version in the Lorax book.

The Lorax is voiced by Danny DeVito; a great choice as he is an actor whose voice has the right balance of gruffness and friendliness within it.

Some fans have complained that the appearance of the new, digitally animated, Lorax is too well groomed for the mossy old hermit, but to me this version is excellent - just the right colour and wonderful bushy moustache and eyebrows.

The Once-ler
The Once-ler

The Once-Ler

The Once-ler is the villain of the story, "The Lorax". Fans will know that in the book we never see his face but in the digitally animated movie we see the Once-ler from head to toe.

Many fans are not happy with this as it takes away the imaginative factor but the producers of the movie explain it by saying that they wanted to put the Once-ler into human form so that the audience realized that the environmental destruction wreaked by the Once-ler was directly connected to themselves. For my part I think this is a good idea.

In this still from the movie you can see the Once-ler in the process of cutting down a Truffula tree being watched by Bar-ba-loots and Swomee Swans.

Bar ba loots
Bar ba loots

The Bar-ba-Loots

In the book of the Lorax the Bar-ba-Loots are happy little bear-like creatures that inhabit the Truffula forest before its destruction. The digitally animated versions of the Bar-ba-Loots are great and really correspond to what they are like in the book. These playful little animals are cute and it is a sad moment when they are forced out of their homes.

Lorax Movie Promotional Poster available on
Lorax Movie Promotional Poster available on

The Lorax by Dr Seuss - The Cast

Characters from the book

The title role of The Lorax is taken by Danny DeVito.

The Once-ler is voiced by Ed Helms.

Young Ted is played by Zac Efron.

New characters

Ashley, Ted's love interest, is played by Taylor Swift.

O'Hare, a financial expert, is voiced by Rob Riggle.

Betty White plays Ted's Grandmother Norma.

Watch Another Lorax Movie Trailer Here

Is The Lorax Movie A Good Idea?

The Lorax
The Lorax

Do you think The Lorax should be adapted into a movie?

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Whilst those fans of The Lorax await the release of the Lorax Movie they can still enjoy the musical cartoon, made in 1972.

This cartoon is quite loyal to the original Dr Seuss illustrations and does an excellent job of capturing everything that the book was supposed to be; fun, colourful, rhyming and carrying a serious lesson. The entire story can be enjoyed on DVD and a clip can be seen here.

Lorax DVD

Dr. Seuss - The Lorax/Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano
Dr. Seuss - The Lorax/Pontoffel Pock & His Magic Piano

Watch The Lorax video again and again on your television with this DVD of The Lorax. This cartoon is a classic and can be enjoyed by the children at any time. A great story for watching as a family or, when the occasion arises, for keeping the children quite for a short time. This Lorax video on DVD is a great addition to your Dr Seuss collection.


Lorax Cartoon Video Clip

The Lorax Plush Toy

Dr Seuss Lorax 7 Inch Plush Stuffed Doll Toy
Dr Seuss Lorax 7 Inch Plush Stuffed Doll Toy

If you or the kids need a companion whilst watching The Lorax video then here is the perfect one; The Lorax himself! This Lorax plush toy is a cuddly soft friend for Lorax fans and will fit in nicely on the sofa when the children watch The Lorax DVD.

Dr Seuss Lensography
Dr Seuss Lensography

Dr Seuss Lensography

Read all my Dr Seuss lenses

This collection features all the Dr Seuss book lenses and product pages that my enthusiasm for Dr Seuss's creations has driven me to create: Dr Seuss Lensography.

I cannot remember when I had my first Dr Seuss book read to me by my parents as I was too young, but I can remember enjoying Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches, Hop On Pop and Horton Hatches The Egg over and over again as a young reader. As well as being great fun and having an amazing visual impact Dr Seuss stories have a message behind them; these things have all gone towards making the popularity of Dr Seuss's world such that there are still vibrant sales of his books and a huge range of products carrying his characters.

I hope you enjoyed watching The Lorax video clips and reading about the movie. If you have anything to say about the Lorax movie then please leave a comment here. Any other comments on this lens, the Lorax or Dr Seuss are also welcome.

What Do You Think About The Lorax Movie?

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    • Loulie LM profile image

      Loulie LM 

      7 years ago

      The Lorax movie gets a "thumbs up" from me. Though the crew took major liberties in introducing new plot elements, I do think the movie kept the original environmental message. I just published a lens about 7 parenting lessons that can be taken from The Lorax movie. I enjoyed your lens!

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      7 years ago

      When I first hear that this movie was coming out in 2012 a year or so ago, i was SO EXCITED! I told myself, about a year after Horton Hears a Who came out, that they were definitely going to make this movie because it was just to great for them not to! I Love this story and everything about it. My mom gets so annoyed when I was constantly singing the song while i did the dishes and everything. I just hope that the movie is as good as the cartoon that came out because I have very high hopes for this movie. I totally agree with you in that the rendering of the Lorax is spot on because i go to school for traditional and computer animation, and if i know anything about computer animation, which I simply hate doing, is that making him look less groomed would be mch harder. Also I do like that they also made the Once-ler human because as a human being, it's easier to relate to because we can see how we as a population is destroying the Earth as we know it. It was nice reading thing because I just adore the story, the cartoon, and I'm sure I'd love the movie.

    • danzuc76 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens, youve got some interesting stuff here. Thumbs up!


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