The Once-ler from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is Revealed At Last
In Dr. Seuss’ book The Lorax, it costs the boy 15 cents, a nail,
and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail to hear the story
of the Once-ler.
Suess never revealed who … or what the Once-ler was, but soon, you’ll
be able to see the face of the Thneed industrialist, courtesy of Hollywood:
That elderly, decrepit fellow was similarly depicted in the original
Seuss illustrations as a pair of eyes between the slats of a boarded
up window, and those scenes in the story provided the single strongest
piece of evidence that the seemingly furry-limbed villain was human.
Actually, it was his Snuvv that gave it away.
This rhyme explains it (as much as any Seussian nonsense verse
can.) It accompanied a drawing — seen below — of the Once-ler
accepting payment from the boy before telling his tale of woe.
Then he hides what you paid him
away in his Snuvv,
his secret strange hole
in his gruvvulous glove.
“If there was a clear sign this character was something other
than human, we would have abided by that,” says Meledandri. “But
okay, he’s wearing gloves. You’re not going to put gloves
on a monster.”
The Lorax producer Christopher Meledandri went on to explain the philosophical
underpinning of making the Once-ler a man instead of a monster. Read the
entire story at Entertainment Weekly’s Inside Movies: Link
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