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Here are the first stills from The Lorax including a good look at the villanious Once-ler

10.20.2011

While my favorite Dr. Seuss book is "To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street", I do have a spot in my heart for all the rest of them.

This includes the environmentally cautious tale of THE LORAX. The little orange guy with the big mustache protected ("I speak for the trees!") the trees against a greedy villain called the Once-ler. In the book, you never see the face of the Once-ler, only his rather long green arms. In these first stills from the film, you get to see him in the flesh. Yes, the flesh. The Once-ler is actually a sweet faced young man.

But why make him like that? Producer Christopher Meledandri explains, “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.”

Check out Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms) in the first image below.

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Source: EW

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5:44AM on 10/21/2011

Boooo....

Stop treating the audience like idiots please... I saw the cartoon when I was like 8 and I understood the message just fine the way it was. It made it's point without being insanely preachy about it. I loved the lorax book and cartoon, still do. I liked it's message. I do not like soap box preaching though. Putting the dude as a little human first of all, takes away the mystery of the once-ler. Two green arms and you never see his face... I don't know it left an impression on me. Second... It
Stop treating the audience like idiots please... I saw the cartoon when I was like 8 and I understood the message just fine the way it was. It made it's point without being insanely preachy about it. I loved the lorax book and cartoon, still do. I liked it's message. I do not like soap box preaching though. Putting the dude as a little human first of all, takes away the mystery of the once-ler. Two green arms and you never see his face... I don't know it left an impression on me. Second... It takes you out of the film cause now you feel you're being treated with a sermon rather than a message. This was my problem with Happy Feet. Good message, but be creative with it!!! Don't just abandon creativity and symbolism for a soap box.

That said, the movie still may be good... If they don't get too hamfisted with the message.
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5:10AM on 10/21/2011

An Inconvenient Suess

I can't wait to see the Lorax give a presentation on how our need for Thneeds is causing climate change near the pond of the Humming Fish.
I can't wait to see the Lorax give a presentation on how our need for Thneeds is causing climate change near the pond of the Humming Fish.
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2:44AM on 10/21/2011
I guess I agree about the directors Once-ler statement, but I hope they don't deviate too much From Seuss's book. He wrote it that way for a reason.
I guess I agree about the directors Once-ler statement, but I hope they don't deviate too much From Seuss's book. He wrote it that way for a reason.
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10:19PM on 10/20/2011
wilfred brimley was born to play the lorax, someone needs to make this happen
wilfred brimley was born to play the lorax, someone needs to make this happen
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8:08PM on 10/20/2011
I'd watch this movie on a dare. I'd watch this movie in my chair. I'd watch this movie anywhere.
I'd watch this movie on a dare. I'd watch this movie in my chair. I'd watch this movie anywhere.
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