The role of the passionate and curious 12-year-old named Ted went to Zac Efron, known to audiences for the High School Musical series and the hit musical Hairspray. Though the character is much younger than the actor, the filmmakers knew that Efron’s charm and youthful spirit would serve the character well. It was more important to cast someone who could bring life to the character in a unique and passionate way than it was to stay true to the literal age of Ted. Meledandri says: “Zac is a gifted actor and has a boyish charm that makes him irresistible. He is able to channel that charm in his voice performance.”
Efron vividly remembers his parents reading “The Lorax” to him as a child and credits the book as “planting the seed of an environmentalist” in him. Reflecting upon his character, he states: “Ted is a regular kid growing up who is hungry for adventure. He’s got a crush on this girl, and he has a crazy grandma and a mom who is too strict, so he wants his freedom. He lives in a world in which there is virtually no nature—no trees and no plants. Everything exists through technology, so it’s fun to see him navigating a similar family life that we have today.”
Voicing an animated character was a new experience for Efron. He notes that though the process of recording alone in a booth felt a bit awkward at times, he enjoyed the challenge. “I thought back to my childhood and put myself in these awkward, hilarious situations that this kid finds himself in. The variations between something being funny and something not quite fitting are so slight, but they can make all the difference. It’s fun to really let go, though I’m sure it looked ridiculous when I was in the sound booth.”
The small, yet powerful villain and financial king of Thneedville, Aloysius O’Hare, is voiced by comedic actor Rob Riggle. The character was created for the film, and he represents greed personified and control of all information in and out of Thneedville. Riggle describes his duplicitous, yet industrious character: “O’Hare is wise at times and unethical at others. He’s an industrialist who is trying to create a Thneedville that maybe others don’t want. It’s the Napoleon complex that gives him his rage and anger.”
Explains Efron about his on-screen nemesis’ motivation: “Ted has a strange vibe from him, from the very beginning. O’Hare looks like he’s three feet tall and has a weird bowl haircut. He walks around with these two huge bodyguards [Mooney and McGurk] and manipulates everyone. He doesn’t want any trees to come back because they’ll start producing the product he’s become rich off of: air.”
There is also interesting stuff on how the CGI was so crazy because of all the fur. They discuss the musical aspects of The Lorax too. That section does not specify if Zac (or Taylor for that matter) sings, but does say that Ed Helms has several songs. I'm super excited for that, lol.
They've been doing screenings this weekend for mom/dad bloggers. And giving them cool stuff like this (from here):
Jealous of the mustaches tbqh. And where are the screenings for Zefron bloggers??? lol.
It sounds like they are doing junket stuff tomorrow. So that's cool and fun :) I wonder if they'll do any interviews with costars. Ed and Zac would be so hilarious. Actually any of them together, I like everyone in this cast so you can't go wrong.
ETA: btw I'm not posting a picture of his shoes getting in a car, that's just silly.