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Jan 30th
11:47 am
Casting Zac as Ted and more 'Lorax' Promo  
A ton of sites have posted versions of a BTS interview for The Lorax today. Over at CinemaBlend's Going Behind The Scenes Of Dr. Suess' The Lorax article they seem to (maybe) have the most complete quote so far on Zac. Be sure to read all the BTS info, but this is the Zac-specific part:
To cast Zac [Efron], it’s funny when you start casting, when you set out to cast kids, there’s a real challenge at that age. First of all, their voices are at risk of changing overnight, which can be a production problem. And then a lot of kids today, at that age group, are trained to be TV actors. So you listen to hundreds of kids and they all kind of sound the same. They’re all pitched at the same place because that’s where the jobs are. So Chris Renaud was very interested in thinking older to get just some more substance in the voice, some more acting in the voice. And Zac Efron has this boyish quality to him, and it came through, it’s not only who he is – he’s very boyish as a person and it comes through in his voice. So with each one there’s a lot of discovery that happens. There’s a lot of reason why you are drawn to them and then there’s a lot of discovery along the way.

For fun, a couple of pics from Universal's Lorax party at Moomah in NYC (via TheLorax):

And I'm not sure (at all), but I feel like these are Universal viral stickers, given the quality. Either way it is awesome. I want to see them in my town. From Damnarbor.com:

And I wanted to note that, taking the petition from that Massachusetts elementary school class to heart, Universal did add some awesome green tips to their website. Ed Norton even gave them props for it, lol:

eta: btw we should be getting a new 'lorax' trailer this week i think, just fwiw.
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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 31st, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Those children and the marketing (sans those Banksy looking decals, sorry C!) is cute.
annabelle83 on January 31st, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
lol Of course they won't say they hired Zac for pubicity. But all is good because he's a talented voice actor and has a very nice voice.

By the way, I don't like when a child actor or a female voice actor voices a young boy charcter. I find a boy character much more appealing when he has a "manly"(but not too old)voice.
kleth on January 31st, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
"I find a boy character much more appealing when he has a "manly" (but not too old) voice"

The commplaint I've seen is that Zac's voice is too deep for the pre-pubescent character. The obvious solution was to hire Drew Seeley to overdub the voice track, but when I made that suggestion some guy in a beanie and shades threw a water bottle at me.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on January 31st, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
"he’s very boyish as a person"

Not sure what to make of that statement. Not sure how Zac (being a 24 year old man) feels about being thought of as being a boyish person.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 31st, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
It seems to be used here as a way to refer to youthful charm. Had they stated 'immature' 'stunted' or even 'green' I'd have interpreted it as a negative. It came across as a means to describe his general adolescent appeal that is attractive to both children and adults.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on January 31st, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't think of it as a negative comment. The wording just sounded odd to me.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on January 31st, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Gotcha- I assumed with the 2nd sentence/Zac's possible feelings on being described as boyish that you thought it was perhaps questionable depiction. No biggie!
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on January 31st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, kudos to Universal for giving recognition to Dr. Suess' The Lorax original meaning. Like Pooh, his philosophies can be applied daily.

And kudos, also, to Melendandri for casting Zac as the voice of Ted. I totally see his boyish charm and can hear it in his voice, too. Zac most certainly seems to have this excitable energy about himself..
Bee: The Loraxjeezbee on February 1st, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Idk why but I love that still of the Lorax and his friends playing cards.

And yeah for Uni turning a complaint into a positive marketing message.