Danny DeVito is Dr. Seuss’ ‘Lorax’ (Plus More Cast Members)

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2012 at 1:25 pm,

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Just about every child grows up reading a classic children’s book written by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Who hasn’t read through One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham or the iconic Cat in the Hat?

Last year it was reported that Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment were teaming up to bring Dr. Seuss’ tale of environmental awareness The Lorax to screens as a CG animated 3D film. More than 12 months went by before any more information was released, but now courtesy of USA Today we have an update on the story, a list of voice actors and our first look at The Lorax himself.

The Lorax will be voiced by the talented Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) while Ed Helms (The Hangover 2) will voice the “bad guy” named the Once-ler who cuts down all the Truffula Trees to make his “Thneeds.” Zac Efron (High School Musical) adds his voice as the boy named Ted, who goes looking for the Once-ler and the Lorax, while the recently ultra-popular Betty White (Lake Placid) voices Ted’s grandmother.

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Two characters that weren’t in the original Dr. Seuss story of The Lorax will be introduced in the movie: O’Hare, voiced by Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), is an industrialist who sells canned fresh air to the inhabitants of the world the Once-ler has polluted and is trying to keep it that way (for profit of course). We’ll also get Audrey, a girl who dreams of one day seeing a real Truffula forest instead of the plastic ones she sees now. Audrey was the name of Dr. Seuss’ wife and in The Lorax she will be Ted’s love interest.

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DeVito, Helms, White, Efron, Riggle

Illumination Entertainment chief Chris Meledandri said this about choosing DeVito to voice the titular Lorax:

Danny has this wonderful ability to be acerbic and grouchy but at the same time absolutely lovable. It’s almost like Walter Matthau had. His comedic edge was very sharp, but he always maintained that warmth.

As for the all-important environmental message Dr. Seuss was trying to convey in The Lorax, DeVito added this statement:

Look, I don’t want to be gruff about it, but we’ve got to wake up and smell the oil burning. I’m hoping that the squeakiest wheel gets the least grease. I feel sometimes the only way to get things done is shake people up a little bit, and the Lorax is not a guy who pussyfoots around. He’s not a guy who uses kid gloves. No, no, the Lorax means business.

Universal has to be very careful with all the modifications they are making  to The Lorax lest they end up turning viewers off.  Adding two new characters to the classic story, one who is an additional industrial villain, and then having DeVito tell viewers they need to “wake up and smell the burning oil” reeks of a political agenda (groan).

I’m all for cleaning up the environment and teaching our kids to help keep things clean for future generations, but if the story gets too many of the usual Hollywood “tweaks” then some people may be turned off to it and the important environmental stewardship message Dr. Seuss was trying to convey will be lost – or worse, ignored.

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This was not forced perspective. Screen Rant writer Mike Eisenberg is just a giant among DeVitos.

The Lorax comes to clean up your theater in 3D March 2, 2012.

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  1. Never read the book but because it is about environmental awareness, I look forward to this film! Also because of the great cast!

  2. I think it’s spelled Efron not Effron.

  3. I actually have no problem with it having an agenda. Why is it so bad for it to say hey, we’re destroying the world and we should stop. That’s not a political agenda to me. That’s just common sense. The book teaches about being good to the environment so why shouldn’t the movie? I’m not an environment freak and I’m probably not the “greenest” person ever but the environment and global warming are big deals. It wouldn’t be such a bad thing for kids to learn something about respecting the environment. Honestly to me a political agenda is something like forcing the idea of going to war or not upon us or trying to make everyone a republican or democrat. Sorry but t me there’s nothing political here.
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    • My thoughts exactly.

  4. Ummm, the story is so loved and so memorable precisely it DOES have a very clear message. It is not political in the sense of drawn party lines; instead, it is political in that it definitively states that we should not put all of our faith in corporations and materialism…the Earth holds much more promise if we take responsibility for ourselves and remain aware of our place in and stewardship of it.

    I am VERY excited for this film to be made… :D

  5. “Two characters that weren’t in the original Dr. Seuss story of The Lorax will be introduced in the movie: O’Hare, voiced by Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), is an industrialist who sells canned fresh air to the inhabitants of the world the Once-ler has polluted and is trying to keep it that way (for profit of course).”

    Nope, nothing out of the ordinary there.

    Vic

    • Was I the only one who though of Spaceballs upon reading that?

  6. to Jose:
    You’re so right!! The cans of fresh air is straight out of Spaceballs! And Devito is perfect for this role. On a side noe: Whats with the Daniel Johnston Hi How Are You? record in the top pic with the Lorax?

    • Just some random picture of a Lorax I found and thought was humorous :)

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