Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is a 2012 American computer-animated 3D musical fantasy 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, 2012, the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss.
It is the second adaptation of the book, following the 1972 animated musical television special. It builds on the book by expanding the story of Ted, the previously unnamed boy who visits the Once-ler. The cast includes Zac Efron as Ted, Danny DeVito as the Lorax, and Ed Helms as the Once-ler. New characters introduced in the film are Audrey, who is voiced by Taylor Swift, Aloysius O’Hare, voiced by Rob Riggle, and Grammy Norma, voiced by Betty White. The film was a box office success, although it received mixed reviews.
- Zac Efron as Ted Wiggins, an idealistic 12-year-old boy. He is named after the author of the book, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel).
- Danny DeVito as the Lorax, a grumpy yet charming orange creature with a large moustache.
- Ed Helms as the Once-ler, a man who recounts how his discovery of the Truffula Forest as a younger man led to its depletion. In the film, he is portrayed as a tall, lanky human, while the original book and television special left his species ambiguous and his face hidden.
- Taylor Swift as Audrey, an older girl and Ted’s love interest. She is named after Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’ wife.
- Rob Riggle as Aloysius O’Hare, the mayor of Thneedville and head of the “O’Hare Air” company that supplies fresh air to Thneedville residents.
- Betty White as Grammy Norma, Ted’s grandmother
- Jenny Slate as Mrs. Wiggins, Ted’s mother
- Nasim Pedrad as the Once-ler’s mother.
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Uncle Ubb, the Once-ler’s uncle.
- Elmarie Wendel as Aunt Grizelda, the Once-ler’s aunt.
- Danny Cooksey as Brett and Chet, the Once-ler’s brothers.
- Additional voices were provided by Jack Angel, Bob Bergen, John Cygan, Debi Derryberry, Bill Farmer, Jess Harnell, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Mona Marshall, Mickie McGowan, Laraine Newman, Jan Rabson, Claira Nicole Titman, and Jim Ward