The Lorax: The Trees! The Trees! The Voice Of The Trees!

Synopsis:
Genre: Animation, Short
Year:
2012
11 min
213 Views


Hello, everybody.

Thanks for coming.

I am the Lorax.

I speak for the trees.

And I'd like to say

a few words, if you please.

Regarding the story

that you're about to see

it actually happened.

Just take it from me.

But there's more to this story

than what's on the page,

so please pay attention

while I set the stage.

We open in Thneedville, a city

they say that was plastic and fake,

and they liked it that way!

A town without nature,

not one living tree.

So, what happened to them?

Cue the music! Let's see.

Buzz. Buzz.

In Thneedville,

it's a brand new dawn

With brand new cars

and houses and lawns

Here in

Got-all-that-we-need-ville

In Thneedville,

we manufacture our trees

Each one is made

in factories

And uses 96 batteries

In Thneedville,

the air's not so clean

So we buy it fresh

It comes out this machine!

In Satisfaction's-

guaranteed-ville

In Thneedville,

we don't want to know

Where the smog and trash

and chemicals go

I just went swimming,

and now I glow

In Thneedville,

we have fun year round

We surf and snowboard

right in town

We thank the Lord

for all we've got

Including this

brand new parking lot!

Parking lot!

Oh, look,

it's Aloysius O'Hare

Aloysius O'Hare

The man who found

a way to sell air

And became a zillionaire

Hip-hip-hooray!

In Thneedville,

we love living this way

It's like living in paradise

It's perfect!

And that's how it will stay

Oh, yeah!

Here in

Love-the-life-we-lead-ville

Destined-to-succeed-ville

We-are-all-agreed-ville

We love it here in...

Thneedville!

Yes!

Oh, hi, Ted.

Oh, hey, Audrey. Hi.

Did your ball land

in my backyard again?

What? No.

A model airplane,

this time.

Hey, do you want to

see something cool?

Come on.

Whoa!

Did you...

Did you paint this?

Do you like it?

What?

Are you kidding?

This is amazing!

What are those?

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!

Wow! What does

that even mean?

I know, right?

Oh, yeah.

What I want more than anything

in the whole world is to see

a real living tree

growing in my backyard.

So if, say... I'm just

thinking out loud here.

If a guy somehow

got you one...

I'd probably

marry him on the spot.

I bet that sounds crazy.

Does that sound crazy?

No! Not crazy.

Not crazy at all.

Ted, honey,

don't play with your food.

You, either, Mom.

So, Mom, do you happen to

know if there's any place

where I could

get a real tree?

Ted, we already have a

tree. It's the latest model.

Yeah, but I mean

a real one

that grows out of

the ground or whatever.

You know, a real tree.

Really?

You would rather

have some dirty, messy

lump of wood that just

sticks out of the ground?

And it does what? I don't

even know what it does.

What's its purpose?

Look at what we've got.

It's the Oak-amatic. The

only tree with its own remote.

Summer, autumn, winter,

and disco!

Mom? Come on, Ted. Get into it.

Dance with the tree.

Oh, it hurts, Mom.

Please stop.

So, anyway...

Let's just say

I need a tree.

Where would I go?

What do I do?

Then you know what? You

need to find the Once-ler.

The what?

Mom, it's not really the time for

one of your magical fables, okay?

That's right, I forgot.

I'm old and can't even

remember to put my teeth in.

Stand down.

That's not what I meant.

No, really,

I forgot my teeth.

Would you be a dear

and go get them for me?

Sure, Mom.

Okay, here's the deal.

The Once-ler is the man who

knows what happened to the trees.

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