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Oct 24th
07:21 pm
The Lorax is prob my fav Dr. Seuss story  
From USA Today:

The Once-ler is ready for his close-up.

Previously incarnated only as a pair of long green arms in Dr. Seuss' storybook The Lorax, this villain will appear in the flesh — or is it fur? — in the big-screen 3-D adaptation planned for release in March 2012.

The 1971 book revealed the Once-ler as a greedy creature who visits a colorful forest full of Truffala trees and begins chopping them down to harvest their tufts, only to wipe out every last one — and the frolicking Bar-ba-loots, Humming-fish and Swomee-Swans to boot.

The tale starts with a boy visiting the aged Once-ler as he recounts how he long ago ignored the preachy little Lorax, who appeared at the start of the reckless chopping to "speak for the trees."

The movie will begin the same way, says producer Chris Meledandri, head of Illumination Animation. "What he finds, just like in the book, is this wonderful set of arms emerging from this boarded-up window, with these yellow eyes," Meledandri says. "And then, at a pivotal moment, the character is revealed."

Seuss (real name Theodore Geisel) never drew what he thought the Once-ler really looked like, says the author's widow, Audrey, who is co-producing the film. "That was Ted, and that was wonderful: long spindly arm coming out of the Lerkim up there," she says, using the book's term for the Once-ler's lair.

Ed Helms of The Office will voice the Once-ler, and Danny DeVito will play the Lorax, described in the book as: "shortish. And oldish/And brownish. And mossy" who "spoke with a voice/ that was sharpish and bossy."

"The Lorax certainly has this very lofty mission, the protector of the trees and all things natural," Meledandri says. "But his personality is ... he's a bit gruff and grouchy. He should be. He's losing."

The film expands Seuss' story to give the curious unnamed boy more of a back story, dubbing him Ted (after the author) and giving him a grandmother (voiced by Betty White) who recalls the days when the world was clean and full of life. Zac Efron voices the boy.

"They live in an outrageously artificial world where all things natural have been replaced by plastic and steel. It's like living in Las Vegas," Meledandri jokes.

The movie becomes a quest as the boy first seeks out the Once-ler, then goes in search of the Lorax, who vanished after the last of the trees were destroyed. There may be hope yet in restoring what was lost — an idea the book suggested but left open-ended.

There may even be sympathy for the bad guy. "The character of the Once-ler really started out with very reasonable goals," Meledandri says. "He set out to make his mark, be successful. He had a dream he wanted to achieve. Then he became successful, but he got swept up and bitten by the bug of greed."

Helms will voice the Once-ler as the naive early businessman and the crooked, greedy monster slipped over to the dark side. "He goes from a young man to a much older man who wants redemption," Meledandri says.

Seuss gave The Lorax a very direct social message. "He wasn't a woodsman and wasn't a hunter, but his father had run the zoo in Springfield, Mass.," Audrey Geisel says. "And from that he began a lifelong interest in animals and preservation of their surroundings."

That's why this book, which urges children to take care of the environment, was particularly important to him. "We all go forth from what we had or knew when were children," she says, "whether we give credit or not."
 
 
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oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | squeezemetrocard on October 25th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
This is qt, I'm down. Counting down to March 2nd, 2012 I guess. Better add it to my iCal~
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 25th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
lol
Bee: Ah ha - Lion Kingjeezbee on October 25th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
I guess this is what it will look like in the movie:

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oh my god; that crazy bitch.: z | like 9 AM on a Tuesdaymetrocard on October 25th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Smokin'.
Terry Jo: rory laughnumbereleven on October 25th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Aww, cutie-pie! I would have picked him to look a bit more gruff and mangy, but maybe that happens over time.
IceGoddess: mmm dirty little secretccmskatechick on October 25th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Ed & Zef + Dr. Seuss = nothing but win :D

I can't tell you how many hours in college I spent studying at the Dr. Seuss memorial garden, so this is faboo to me for so many reasons.
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): booehs_wildcats on October 25th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
why?
Terry Jonumbereleven on October 25th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
I LOVE this book. And this sounds like it has the ability to be fleshed out really well. I adored Horton Hears a Who, and hope they look to that as a model for the art and general tone.

Love the people they cast, for real. I am just already anticipating all the bitching about it's MAJOR conservationalist overtones. People had a big enough problem with Happy Feet.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): booehs_wildcats on October 25th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
i can't wait for the anti-environmentalist bitching tbh. i love me a good fight.
jessica3311: Mauijessica3311 on October 25th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Betty White & Ed Helms...AWESOME!!!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators): booehs_wildcats on October 25th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
yeah i hope we get premiere pics of them together, lol... yk off in the future someday.
vilain_garcon on October 25th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
if he wants to stop being type casted he should not do this role.
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on October 25th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to hear Zac voice a character other than in in Robot Chicken! You go Zac Coco. You go!
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Zegersaudrey_za on October 25th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Same. I think this sounds cute. (Although I'll likely wait to see this once it's available on DVD.)

Have you ever heard his voice work in Disney's "The Replacements" (I think that was the name of the cartoon?) Where he played a lifeguard? It wasn't a major guest appearance, but jw.
xdecemberskiesxdecemberskies on October 27th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! That was ages ago though. I remember him being Riley's lifeguard boyfriend.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 25th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
lol audrey just reminded me i meant to reply to this.

but yeah ita. i've been waiting for a good animated film for him. and i am very happy it is the lorax because i love this story.
zacefronfan26 on November 3rd, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
This movie sounds amazing for Zac can't wait to hear his Voice in this.