A 12-year-old boy named Ted Wiggins lives in Thneedville, a walled city where all vegetation and plant life are artificial. Ted has a crush on Audrey, and decides to impress her with a “real tree”. His grandmother Norma tells him the legend of the Once-ler, who knows what happened to the trees. Leaving Thneedville in search of the Once-ler, Ted discovers that the outside world is a barren, contaminated wasteland. He finds the Once-ler, who agrees to tell him the story of the trees over multiple visits.
The Lorax was adapted from the environmental tale by Dr. Seuss. It features Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Betty White, and Danny DeVito as the title character. Taylor plays Audrey, the love interest of Zac Efron’s character Ted. Her character’s name in the film was named after Dr. Seuss’s wife, Audrey Geisel. Audrey and Ted both live in a walled city in which everything, plants included, is artificial, and Audrey dreams of seeing real trees with her own eyes.
The Lorax was released by Universal Pictures on March 2, 2012, on the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with the critical consensus saying, “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.”
The film also garnered some positive reviews from critics such as Richard Roeper, who called it a “solid piece of family entertainment”. Roger Moore of the Pittsburgh Tribune called the film “a feast of bright, Seuss colors, and wonderful Seuss design”, and supported its environmentalist message.
The Lorax has grossed $214 million in North America, and $134.8 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $348.8 million.