When The Lorax arrives in theaters as a 3D animated movie, the voice of the one who speaks for the trees might sound a little familiar.  USA Today reports that Danny DeVito has been cast as the tree hugging Lorax, with Zac Efron as Ted, the young boy who learns of the way things used to be.

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.

I really like the previous animated version of the Lorax, and providing the studio remains true to the book, and doesn’t try to drastically change the story like they did with Horton Hears a Who, then all shall be well with the world.

via USA Today

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  1. October 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    Hasn’t been any Dr. Suess that’s been true to the book in the last 30 years. Just look at all those horrible live action monstrosities they made as soon as Geisel’s wife sold the rights to the highest bidder.

    “Ted”? Who’s that? And what’s his grandmother doing in this story? Audrey?

    And how does Danny Devito have a voice that’s, as the book says, “sharpish and bossy”?

    All I can think is that he’ll break into, “HEY, NARDO!”

  2. Crash
    October 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    I’m excited about this. This was easily my favorite Dr. Suess story growing up.

  3. October 26, 2010 at 4:42 am — Reply

    “The Lorax” special was an old favorite as a kid, but I’m not sure about this. Can you really be stretched into a full-length movie without adding more than they already have? And do I want to see the Lorax matching wits with Frank Reynolds?

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