The Lorax (film)

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The Lorax (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Lorax) is a 2002 American computer-animated 3-D musical comedy film based on Dr. Seuss' children's book of the same name. It was produced by Illumination Entertainment and was released by Universal Pictures on March 2, 2002, what would have been the 108th birthday of Seuss, who died at age 87 in the year 1991. To be clear, any quotes from the film version that are not taken directly from the book may not have been written by Dr. Seuss.

The Lorax[edit]

  • Who taught you guys how to steal a bed?
  • [notices Pipsqueak on the Once-ler’s bed] You got to be kidding me. [to another Bar-ba-loot] Can he swim? [the Bar-ba-loot shakes his head] Of course he can't swim! Hang on, Pipsqueak! I'm comin' to get ya!
  • Look, everyone here needs the trees and you're chopping them down! So, we've got a big problem,
  • [uses the Once-ler's toothbrush to comb his mustache] Why do you even own this? You don't have a mustache.
  • I'm starving! What's for breakfast? [looks into the fridge to find the big Bar-ba-loot eating entire cubes of butter] Breakfast is overrated.
  • [when the Once-ler shows the Thneed to him; laughs] You chopped down one of my trees to make that piece of garbage?
  • [To the Once-ler] A tree falls in the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
  • [when the last Truffula tree is chopped down] That's it. The very last one. That may stop you.


  • [Referring to her mural] Those are trees. Real ones. They used to grow all around here. And people said that the touch of their tufts was softer than anything, even silk. And they smelled like butterfly milk.
  • What I want more than anything in the whole world is to see a real living tree, growing in my backyard.

The Once-ler[edit]

  • [After the Lorax accuses him of harming Pipsqueak after almost hitting him with a hammer] What? No! I would never hit this little guy. You, on the other hand, I would gladly pound you and your mustache into the ground!
  • [admiring his first thneed] Now that's a thneed! Nothing unmanly about knitting. No sir!
  • [After surviving the waterfall incident] Now, I've got a big day tomorrow, and I'm gonna get some sleep. [walks away, then comes back] Right after I find my bed.
  • [Closing How Bad Can I Be] All the customers are buying, and the money's multiplying, and the PR people are lying, and the lawyers are denying. Who cares if a few trees are dying? This is all so gratifying! How bad, how bad can this possibly be?!
  • [To the Lorax] You know what? You can just shut your mustache! My conscience is clear. I have done nothing illegal, and I mean no harm. But I have my rights, and I intend to keep on biggering and biggering, and turning more Truffula trees in to Thneeds which everyone wants because everyone needs! And nothing, no, NOTHING is going to stop me!
  • [To Ted] Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better... It's not.
  • [To Ted; referring to the last Truffula seed] I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it's not about what it is, it's about what it can become. That's not just a seed... any more than you're just a boy.
  • [opens the window for the first time as he hears the city singing "Let it Grow" and is on the verge of tears] Thank you, Ted.

Aloysius O'Hare[edit]

  • [reffering to Ted] What?! Why is he leaving town? NO ONE EVER LEAVES TOWN! See what he's up to.
  • You listen to me, boy. Don't go poking around in things you don't understand, or I'll be your worst nightmare. I'm Frankenstein's head on a spider's body!
  • You've got a beautiful town here, Ted. Lots of fun stuff to occupy your short attention span. I can't think of any reason you'd ever wanna go outside of town again. Ever.
  • [to Mrs. Wiggins, after she comes up stairs and what's going on] THIS DOESN'T INVOLVE YOU! Get back downstairs!
  • Bring it on, Teddy! You don't have the guts!
  • [going after Ted and his girlfriend and grandma after the Truffula seed, through a megaphone] YOU WON'T GET AWAY WITH THIS, BOY! BAM!


Ted: So, anyway, let's just say, I need a tree. Where would I go? What do I do?
Grammy Norma: Oh, then you know what? You'd need to find the Once-ler.
Ted: Th-th-the what?
Mrs. Wiggins: Mom, it's not really the time for one of your, you know, magical fables, okay?
Grammy Norma: [laughs] That's right, I forgot. I'm old, and can't even remember to put my teeth in!
Mrs. Wiggins: Stand down. That's not what I meant.
Grammy Norma: No, really, I forgot my teeth. Would you be a dear and go get them for me?
Mrs. Wiggins: [sighs] Sure, Mom.

The Once-ler: You wanna know about trees, about what happened to them, (and) why they're all gone? [softly] It's because of me.
Ted: Wait, what? [A Whisper-ma-Phone chutes down to him. He leans in to hear.]
Once-ler: (shouts) IT'S BECAUSE OF ME! [Ted coughs]

Once-ler: (starting to explain what happened to the trees) It all started a long time ago.
Ted: Can we start not so long ago, maybe?
Once-ler: Do you want a tree?
Ted: Yes, yes.
Once-ler: Then it all started a long, LONG time ago. I was a young man leaving home.

Ted: [interrupting the story] Hey, hey, hey. Wait a minute.
Once-ler: Excuse me?
Ted: [chuckles] Yeah. That's awesome. You know, feeding junk food to forest animals? That's great. But, uh, is there a musical number where you show me how to get a tree? 'Cause I'd love to hear that one.
Once-ler: Oh, yes. Right after the musical number about the kid who kept interrupting the story and was never heard from ever again. Hmm?
Ted: Right. Got it. Proceed.

The Lorax: Did you chop down this tree?
Once-ler: Uhh... No. Who did it?ǃ [gasps] What's that? [the Lorax looks back and Once-ler drops his axe on Pipsqueak the Bar-ba-loot] I think he did it.
Lorax: [growls] Leave! Vacate the premises! Take your axe and get out!
Once-ler: And who are you? [pokes the Lorax]
Lorax: Hey, hey! I-I'm the Lorax, guardian of the forest. I speak for the trees. [The Once-ler stares at him] So, you're telling me, that you didn't see me magically appear out of that stump? With all the lightning and thunder and stuff. You didn't see any of that?
Once-ler: No, but that sounds amazing. Can I see some of that?
Lorax: Uhh, yeah, I could show you. But that's not how it works.

Once-ler: Why are you so interested in trees anyway? Why aren't you like other kids? Break-dancing and wearing bell-bottoms and playing the Donkey Kongs?
Ted: [laughs] Yeah. Right, right. I don't know. Uh, I just thought it might be kinda cool to have one, you know.
Once-ler: [knowingly] Aaah, it's a girl, isn't it?
Ted: [scoffs] What? No!
Once-ler: Really? 'Cause when a guy does something stupid once, well, that's because he's a guy, but if he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl.
Ted: Hey, she is not some girlǃ She's a woman… in high school… and she loves trees, and I'm gonna get her one.
Once-ler: Aww. How nice to see someone so undeterred by things like reality.
Ted: (sincerely) Thank you.

Once-ler: [has just been revived by the Lorax] I-I was heading into the light, and you pulled me right back, and here I am! [hugs the Lorax] You saved my life!
Lorax: Yeah, I did, but you know, it's not that big a deal.
Once-ler: It is a big deal! Look, I almost went over that waterfall! [realizes] Wait... On my bed. How did my bed get in the river?
Lorax: Uh, about that, uh... actually, um... [mumbles] I put your bed in the water. [The Once-ler drops him in shock]

Once-ler: [screams and wakes up, a screaming Lorax also screams and wakes up, punching his nose] Ow! Okay, what are you...? Question, what are they doing here? And follow up, if I may, what are YOU doing here?!
The Lorax: Well, after the incident last night, we found one of your socks and came here to return it. But when we got here, you were asleep.
Once-ler: What? Exactly. And sleeping is the body's way of telling other people to go away.
Lorax: I know, but you looked so cozy. And it was cold outside, and we just fell asleep. No harm done.
Once-ler: "No harm done"? "No harm done"? Okay. [sees fish bathing in soap] Okay, I put my lips on those. Well, I used to, anyway. [sees a bird laying an egg] Ew. Did you just...In my bowl?!
Lorax: [brushing his mustache with the Once-ler's toothbrush] Why do you have one of these? You don't even have a mustache.
Once-ler: Okay, that's it!
Lorax: What? I thought we made a deal last night.
Once-ler: Yes, we did. And I said I wouldn't chop down any more trees.
Lorax: And I said I was going to keep an eye on you. I'm starving. What's for breakfast? [opens a fridge door to find some bears eating whole packets of butter in their sleep] Breakfast is overrated.
Once-ler: [strains] You know what? I got work to do. [quickly changes outfit] Yep! I got to go into town and sell my Thneed!

Aunt Grizelda: [referring to the Lorax] So, who invited the giant furry peanut?
Lorax: You callin' me a peanut, huh? I'll go right up your nose!
Aunt Grizelda: Ha! [advances on him]
Once-ler: Whoa, whoa, whoa! You wouldn't hit a woman.
Lorax: [gasps] That's a woman...?ǃ

Audrey: [to Ted] I could just kiss you right now! [Ted and Audrey lean in to kiss, but Ted's mother stops them]
Mrs. Wiggins: We don't have time for that!
Ted: I dunno, we have a little time. [Audrey and his mom stare at him] You know what? Let's just go. Let's go. Forget about it.

About The Lorax (film)[edit]

  • One of the funny things that we discovered was that because they don't look like trees or animals that we understand or relate to directly, you have to create, based on Seuss' illustrations, something that's believable. Because the Truffula trees are beautiful -- they look like cotton candy. But, by the same token, you have to create something that the audience feels something for. So it can't just feel like Candy Land; you have to buy it as a real forest. So we looked at Birch trees and then figured out how to make those wonderful illustrations work in a 3-D movie. It's a real fantasy forest that you could relate to when it's being chopped down.
  • We had a design that was very city-like and very dense, which wasn't quite working. But we went back and looked at a little drawing in the upper corner of the page when the little boy is first coming to look at the Lorax. And we sort of used that as our basis: it's got these big, curvy roads and a couple of building shapes. In some ways, the easier choice would've been to create a Blade Runner-like dystopian future with smog. But of course we wanted to create something that was fun and entertaining, but in some way relates a little more about where we are today, with inflatable bushes and plastic flowers and fake nature that still has a sense of fun, much like Disneyland or Las Vegas or Dubai. So, in the movie that felt like a great way to go but also suggesting that you have to be careful to maintain balance with nature so it can be sustained.


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