Film Theory: The Lorax Movie LIED To You!

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We all know what the moral to The Lorax is, right? Respect the environment and conservation. Well guess what, you're WRONG! At least, you are wrong if we are talking about the 2012 movie version of The Lorax. You see, that movie made some... interesting changes to the story we all know and love. Changes that kind of ruin that message. In fact, it almost turns it on it's head and says the opposite. Yet, the movie STILL claims to be about environmentalism. Get ready, I am about to expose all of the LIES of The Lorax movie!
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Writer: Matthew Patrick and Justin Kuiper
Editor: Josh Langman and Danial "BanditRants" Keristoufi
Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
Sound Editor: Yosi Berman




  • Disclaimer: Film Theory is not responsible for any psychological trauma inflicted by the Onceler fandom.

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    • 🤬🤬FAKIG

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    • What is the onceler fandom

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    • @Why wait really

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    • Also I love I hopxD

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    • Lol yep

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  • Movie plot explained poorly: Teen boy saves nature by simping

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  • Y do u ruin everything

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  • 11:58 So team trees was for nothing...?

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  • Earth's oxygen most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants.

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  • 6:43 sorry it's not work in Thailand we cannot eat water from the sink we literally have to buy it

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  • Great video dude

    Steven TiptonSteven TiptonPirms 10 Stundām
  • You actually ruin my childhood

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  • What if they are all the bad guys what if this film just says humanity sucks

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  • *looks at social media*

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  • This seems like a pretty bad take overall. Not everyone can just vote with their dollar when they aren’t completely informed, if the company(ies) have almost complete control of the market, and if they rely on that product The customers just wanted the thenes. The Onceler should have listened to the Lorax and have been sustainable. It’s stupid and malicious. Money does corrupt in many cases. While some customers can make a sign and cite with their dollar, most of the time it doesn’t work on a large scale. Most people aren’t informed about the company’s inner workings and if they are doing harm. That’s what regulations are for.

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  • the oncelers hot

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  • I don't think this goes deep enough

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  • MatPat: They totally negate the message of the original story. Me: THANK YOU!

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  • I hate bottled water... It tastes weird٫ so I drink filtered water in glass pickle jars. yeah

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  • you are rong

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  • This is a shallow neoliberal take on corporations. Disappointed

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  • The question is: Who is the VILLIAN of the Lorax?

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  • He could have just cut the top of the tree. Problem solved.

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  • AHAH!!!! 🔪💀😈😈☠️👻

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  • "We live, In a society."

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  • Matt drinks water from the tap

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  • I'd say that this a fantastic Analysis of how that a Free Market actually operates, whether or not one necessarily approves of said Economic System. Explaining Smithian Theory with a Dr. Seuss Movie. That's The Super Mario Effect, in Motion. Great Job, Man. Enjoyed the Video.

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  • Matpat: the onceler is not the bad guy Also what the onceler said: WHO CARES IF A FEW TREES ARE DIYIN’

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  • There is no product if there is no demand.

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  • Morale of the story: capitalism is OUR fault

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  • Where were all the Thneedvillians that don't believe in "trees"?

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  • Matpat: bottled water is technically useless It’s not like everyone lives near a river!

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    • I believe that he was referring to tap water. Germany is a great example of this. Tap water is the safest, most regulated substance in the country, but due to cultural reasons, which relate back to the East German communist regime of the Cold War, most Germans buy bottled water instead.

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  • Prolly one of the worst theories he’s put out in my opinion

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  • Oh, It's up to the consumer! despite the fact that most market is either a monopoly or a oligarchy, mean that the consumer either has no choice, or has to choose between equally bad companies. Also companies lies about their ethical practices. You will literally never a company admitting to use child labour for example. The only way for a consumer to know whether the product their buying is ethically produces, is for them to find out a company's suppliers, which I remind you, is not always public information.

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  • The movie clearly focuses on the animals as the beings that were affected the most. That's literally the whole point of the movie.

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  • I'm the lorax I speak for the trees respect nature or ill break your knees

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  • 🤬🤬FAKIG

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  • My main problem with tis video is that it ignores O'Hares' actions like to prevent the planting of trees and to pollute the earth to keep his customers demands up.He didn't cause the pollution but takes actions against the reversal of the pollution to keep making money

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  • Cool. You now understand advertising.

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  • this. this is my favorite movie! ill be dam if you say anything bad about it! >:( im kidding "^^

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  • I’m watching this in science class to learn about how trees grow.... for some reason

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  • 🤬

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  • 📘

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  • The lorax was one of my favorite movies growing up Thanks matpat, another one destroyed

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  • No one wants to hear my theory about them pumping novocain as "bottled air" and that's why people are so addicted to buying it. Novocain because everyone is always go happy and dancy.

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  • Pls Dr. Seuss' horton hears a who.

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  • so I guess this is just a video about Neoliberalism

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  • corporate simping

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  • It is important to keep in mind that while in the movie, the consumers are largely at fault, in the real world, unless you have money, you really don't have a choice. Like,, I need food and clothes and things, and I would love to make sure everything I consume is ethically sourced but I just can't afford it because half of my income is rent. I know I'm not the first one to point this out here, but I think it is really important that companies do hold a lot of power here

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  • I love your videos

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  • I ,Once-ler ,have a dream*guitar playing noise*

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  • I forgot about lorax

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  • This is very anthrocentric

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  • Anyone: No one can ruin the Lorax Film Theory: Hold my thinking cap

  • Ted is the og simp

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  • I'm am the lorax. I speak for the tree's. And some fucking reason. They speak Vietnameses

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  • I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. If you keep cutting them down , the bears will feast on ya knees

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  • How baddddddd can I be?

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  • Matt there eating jello again there eating JELLO

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  • Save the trees or lose your knees.

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  • 13:12 In the background it sounds like: "Hey! Stop! Stop! Stop!"

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  • Your final message falls flat on the fact companies are more than willing to invest millions of dollars in misinformation efforts to lie to their customers of the consequences. Or just hide the underlying consequences. Or just lobby against alternatives. Or just virtue signal when pressure is actually put.

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  • Mean while in a ulternate universe: ohear is selling smoke in a bottle and the human race is coming to a end

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  • .

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  • Disagree :) Both O'Hare and the Once-ler are immoral and environmentally irresponsible. The fact that they both had "good business" does not make them "good guys" because they put their needs before others (trees, the environment, the animals). They need to be ethical businesses, so yes, they're the villains.

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  • #Gametheory

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    • Check his other channel out too

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  • Reminder thag bad people can do good things (and vice versa)

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  • the antagonist is capitalism

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  • Great intro

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  • so the message is still screw capitalism... just not in that way

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  • “it’s not evil, just stupid and bad business.” 😃☝️

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  • Way to put a damper on the people who spent 20 million for a charity that was ultimately kinda pointless

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  • woken in a nutshell

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  • "He's a tall thin guitar playing nerd who wears vest loves marshmallows and has mommy issues" sounds like some I would fall in love with

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  • I have a music playlist on LVcrone and ig I accidentally put this in there and I was listening to a calm song and then suddenly, “hOW mAaAad wiLL yOu bE”

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  • Okay let's be honest, the Once-ler was flippin hot to us girls (and guys) when we first watched the movie 🤣. Imagine crushing on a cartoon character instead of a real human being that we can physically see and touch, cant imagine that- I blame you anime-

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  • Ya know if they would have just planted a seed for every tree they cut down it wouldn't even be a problem in the first place

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  • Still enjoy the movie

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  • Hey... the movie is actually really good...

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  • But they're the bad guys for manipulating the people into thinking they need to rely on them

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  • In the original 1972 adaptation of The Lorax, the Once-ler tells the Lorax that if he shuts down production of the Thneed factories which are destroying the Truffula trees, it will put hundreds of workers and family members out of a job and be detrimental to the economy. Even the Lorax concedes that this would be too drastic a solution

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  • also his mom

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  • This is a good way to show how teenagers shouldn’t act like they know how life, politics, and economics work

    Jacob HuntingtonJacob HuntingtonPirms 9 dienām
  • Consumers demanding something that's destroying the Earth. This is why we will die to climate change, not because we couldn't stop it from happening but because we demanded that it happen. So unless you can convince everyone to buy an electric car solar panels and batteries for the house and to go vegan.. well, if you think 2020 was bad you ain't said nothing yet. Because the next three decades will be just like it, the first third you don't see much of anything, The second third you see all the horrors and what is to come, and then the last it all comes and you're not ready.

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  • but how did o'hare make thneedville livable without trees? we can't live without trees and like mapat said he didn't produce enough oxygen with those jugs of air

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  • your next chanal shod be dino thery

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  • Any one on LVcrone watching this video do you know Mr.beast

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  • The intro tho lol

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  • Neither are to blame? Okay, no. I've seen the movie, I have eyes, ears, and I'm not an idiot. You're wrong. The short fellow is absolutely the villain. The Oncler was influenced by his family but he's still absolutely a terrible person that made bad decision. Another MatPat video that seems to be going in an interesting direction but ultimately spirals down a rabbit hole of nonsense.

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  • Is IHOP bad for the environment? Printers maybe. Definitely gas guzzling cars. I don't really know what com cast even is.

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  • I don't think it was necessarily corporate greed, just greed in general. It's a cautionary tale about balance and not taking too much. It's fine to take from the environment for yourself, but you need to learn to give back to Mother Earth. Because she's the only one we've got.

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  • Something that everyone loved ruined by greedy, corporate interest? Sounds like everything I've ever loved as of right now.

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  • Well, I wrote a comment about how you probably don't know that the movie negates the message of the story but if that's what this video is about then I have a little more respect for you, Matthew. I absolutely fucking hate the abortion that was the 2012 Lorax movie. They might as well have just filmed the production team taking turns literally shitting on Ted Geisel's grave because that's what the movie did figuratively.

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  • 11:09 that's not's just stupid

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  • Why couldn’t o hare sell water to?

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  • Ok

    Alyssa andersonAlyssa andersonPirms 10 dienām
  • lol I love that song in the beginning

    Max The BearMax The BearPirms 11 dienām
  • So what I always thought when I watched this movie, is that if humans adapted to be able to live in a polluted air environment with no repercussions by living off of air in bottles, I always thought that whole have been amazing for humans in the future. If humans continued on that path, humans could live on the moon and Mars just with the bottled air they had Ik this probably isn’t backed by science, I thought it when I was like 10

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  • I am the lorax and i speak for the trees and for some ******* reason there speaking Vietnamese

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  • Bothers me that he doesn’t mention the cut song Biggering and how the Onceler cared about nothing except his business growing. The one line that proves this is a phrase that was remade during the transformation from Corporate greed actually manifested into weird pop song. “Who cares if, Some Things Are DYING! I DONT WANT TO HEAR YOU *CRYING!”*

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  • The Once-ler: I'll chop down just one tree The Lorax: That's tree-son!

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  • i feel like we’re not the ones who “missed the point” if so many people think the same thing. This feels suspiciously neoliberal 🤨 (also did you never read the giver???)

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  • We get our water from a well and it’s the best water in the world

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