First Look at ‘The Lorax’

Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Betty White to offer their voices to the Dr. Seuss adaptation.

USA Today has released a first look at Dr. Seuss' The Lorax from the team that put together Despicable Me and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who.

The Lorax, voiced by Danny DeVito

The 3D adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss storybook centers on a stumpy little guy who stands on a tree stump deploring the destruction of a forest.

The Lorax will be voiced by Danny DeVito and the villains will be voiced by two alums of The Daily Show. Ed Helms will play The Once-ler - a shortsighted, greedy creature who chops down every tree he can find to make his Thneeds, which are "a thing everyone needs."

Rob Riggle is a new character: O'Hare, another industrialist who sells cans of fresh air to the polluted world the Once-ler creates and wants to keep it that way.

The movie will start much the same way as the 1971 storybook, with Zac Efron voicing a boy named Ted who goes in search of the Once-ler to find out how the world became so ugly.

Betty White will play Ted's grandmother, who tells him of the colorful world that used to be. Another new character is the girl Ted loves, Audrey (another homage, this one to the author's wife), who dreams someday to see a real forest, not just the fake plastic trees that dot their devastated landscape.

Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax was released March 2nd, 2012 and stars Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, Nasim Pedrad. The film is directed by Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda.

Sources: USA Today

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  1. Monkeyiron 2.0

    I never heard of The Lorax until 2 weeks ago but can someone tell mew wat this movie is about

    4 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  2. Major Tom

    @Daveactor7 Grinch wasn't TERRIBLE, but it could have bee A LOT better. I think casting Jim Carrey in any role even remotely serious is a mistake.

    4 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  3. MovieManiac

    I'm actually stoked for this movie.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  4. Daveactor7

    Dr. Seuss is incredible. But seriously they should remake cat in the hat and how the grinch stole christmas

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  5. Diaigma

    Agreed, @Josh - what Sony has done is enough to capture the Seuss-a-verse sue-ficiently :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  6. Major Tom

    AAAAHAHHHH! I knew they'd do the Lorax next! I'm so uncontainably excited! I love The Lorax. It's one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Danny DeVito isn't terrible, either. @Josh, I agree. Cat in the Hat? *gag*

    4 years agoby @movie-nutFlag

  7. Cripple

    This is my favorite Dr. Suess book. And Danny DeVito is perfect. I am looking forward to it.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  8. Josh

    This actually sounds good. Danny Devito is perfect for this. They should never again make a live action Dr. Seuss movie.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. Diaigma

    I've always enjoyed the Lorax, though teeming with environmentalist undertones, but the difference is that it doesn't propel you to feel guilty, but encourages responsibility. I will see this, but I hope that forced notion stays out of this adaptation.

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  10. JonSpidey07

    he's such a hippie :)
    but the cast looks silly
    Zac Efron? wow

    4 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  11. XSSIV

    That's not really 'Lorax', is it? isn't that the little creature that comes to tell/.narrate the story of the Lorax (who you never actually see in the book)?

    4 years agoby @xssivFlag

  12. Rufio

    hey look - it's... a... picture... of... Lorax. that's not a first look - it's a portrait. wanna see more.

    4 years agoby @rufioFlag

  13. Dan

    When I get home from work today, gonna put on my pajamas and watch some cartoons and eat cereal, and spill milk on the counter for old times' sake.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. Dan

    Yeah well, 24, single bachelor, no kids (except myself :D) so I'm still flying high with Peter Pan, suckah!

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. the Narrator

    Lol, life forced me off that island long ago @Supes. :(

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  16. Dan

    I enjoyed The Lorax story when I was younger, so I'll prob act like a big kid and see this. I will never grow up! Staying in Neverland! :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. The Soylent Green Monkey

    That made me happy. lol

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  18. ALor2

    hahaha @TheREALsupes

    4 years agoby @champ2Flag

  19. moviegeek

    Awwww :) This will sell tons of plush toys haha.

    4 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. Dan

    I can see Danny DeVito voicing the Lorax lol.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

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