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Trivia for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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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.
  • Danny DeVito reprised the voice of The Lorax for the Spanish, Russian, Italian, and German dubbed versions.
  • This is the first film to feature Universal's 100th Anniversary logo.
  • 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."
  • The film premiered on March 2, 2012 - Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday.
  • Argentinian film Producer Axel Kuschevatzky dubbed Mr. O'Hare on the Latin American Spanish speaking prints of the movie.
  • Ed Helms voices both the young, and old versions of the Once-ler.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whilst playing board games with the family, Grammy Norma can make the word "Lorax" with the scrabble balls she has.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At the movie's premiere, Zac Efron dropped a condom on the ground during picture taking.
  • As Ted gathers everything to see the Once-ler, there is a Minion figure from Despicable Me (2010) in Ted's drawer.
  • The eleventh biggest grossing film of 2012.
  • The second fully CGI animated film based on a Dr. Seuss book, the first being Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
  • The first Dr. Seuss movie to be released in 3-D.
  • The first film from Illumination to be given an IMAX 3-D release (or IMAX Tree-D as the publicity called it).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The logo on Ted's shoes say "Gru's Shoes" on the sides of them.
  • If O'Hare was able to seal the door to the city, how was Ted able to get back into the city after visiting the Once-ler the third time?
  • 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.
  • This is Illumination's first musical film.
  • Jenny Slate and Rob Riggle's first animated film.
  • Rob Riggle voices the young and old versions of Mr. O'Hare.
  • This is Danny DeVito's fourth time voice acting in a theatrical film, after Look Who's Talking Now (1993), Space Jam (1996), and Hercules (1997).
  • When Ted opens his bed side table, a mini minion figurine can be seen.
  • Illumination's third feature film.
  • The pollution scene marks a connection to factories in the Industrial Revolution pollution controversy.
  • 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.
  • Ed Helms third Animated film, after Everyone's Hero (2006) and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
  • From the Creators of "Despicable Me".
  • Illumination's only Dr. Seuss film that's not a reboot of a previous film.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to be french animated feature created by Illumination Mac Guff.
  • 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 which also featured Jack Angel and John Cygan.
  • Both Danny DeVito and Betty White voiced characters in Disney's Hercules (1997). Devito as Phil, and White as Hestia.
  • The second Universal's animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010).
  • Jenny Slate's 2nd appearance in a theatrical film, after Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) released a year prior.
  • The third Illumination film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010) and Hop (2011).
  • General Lees horn from The Dukes of Hazzard, can be heard when the Once-lers family arrives at the Once-lers house.
  • This is the first Illumination film to feature Universal Pictures logo with "A Comcast Company".
  • John Cygan's only film from Illumination Entertainment outside the Despicable Me franchise.
  • The first theatrically animated film to star Rob Riggle, later he'd go onto voice Mr Skeleton in Hotel Transylvania (2012), an additional voice in Monsters University (2013), Bela the Bat Monster in Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015), Curt Myers in Hell and Back (2015), Ice Cream Emoji in The Emoji Movie (2017), and Bliff in Henchmen (2018).
  • The second and last Illumination film to use full opening and closing credits.
  • This is the first Illumination film to have a home media released in August.


  • 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).
  • Despite being a singer by trade, Taylor Swift doesn't sing in the final song (Let it grow).
  • The Once-ler, who cuts down all the trees, plays a guitar. Another word for guitar is an "axe".
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