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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FlygawneDezert Mage of Mind
Disclaimer: Film Theory is not responsible for any psychological trauma inflicted by the Onceler fandom.
David Velerajter
David Velerajter 3 days ago
JayBrant_ 101
JayBrant_ 101 7 days ago
What is the onceler fandom
Yoshikage _kira9
Yoshikage _kira9 13 days ago
@Why wait really
Wolfielester Ultima27
Also I love I hopxD
Wolfielester Ultima27
Lol yep
havahog 45 minutes ago
There's a line in the 1972 version that makes a point of how long it takes a tree to grow, that the Oncler is doing it all too fast. There's no ambiguity there, just his greed. Illumination's is messy in comparison.
Sheev Palpatine
Sheev Palpatine 4 hours ago
Movie plot explained poorly: Teen boy saves nature by simping
Franco 6 hours ago
Y do u ruin everything
ItsMeCODY 6 hours ago
11:58 So team trees was for nothing...?
Me me
Me me 11 hours ago
Earth's oxygen most (70%) of the oxygen in the atmosphere is produced by marine plants.
sangura sky
sangura sky 12 hours ago
6:43 sorry it's not work in Thailand we cannot eat water from the sink we literally have to buy it
Steven Tipton
Steven Tipton 14 hours ago
Great video dude
Monica Chin
Monica Chin 18 hours ago
You actually ruin my childhood
Am not Bothered.
Am not Bothered. 20 hours ago
What if they are all the bad guys what if this film just says humanity sucks
Dan John
Dan John 23 hours ago
*looks at social media*
The Void30
The Void30 Day ago
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.
Rylee Barclay
the oncelers hot
Alex Exley
Alex Exley Day ago
I don't think this goes deep enough
C-Note Day ago
MatPat: They totally negate the message of the original story. Me: THANK YOU!
Alayna Fick
Alayna Fick Day ago
I hate bottled water... It tastes weird٫ so I drink filtered water in glass pickle jars. yeah
stephanie dooher
you are rong
Enzo Coupat
Enzo Coupat Day ago
This is a shallow neoliberal take on corporations. Disappointed
Fladee Mhel Carreon
The question is: Who is the VILLIAN of the Lorax?
Shnobbs Studios
He could have just cut the top of the tree. Problem solved.
william delgado
AHAH!!!! 🔪💀😈😈☠️👻
Alan Calderon-Aguilar
"We live, In a society."
wolfn 24ze
wolfn 24ze 2 days ago
Matt drinks water from the tap
Austin The San-Antonian
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.
Leo Roman Mabiasen
Matpat: the onceler is not the bad guy Also what the onceler said: WHO CARES IF A FEW TREES ARE DIYIN’
Sir Raulo
Sir Raulo 2 days ago
There is no product if there is no demand.
LordVandor1 2 days ago
Morale of the story: capitalism is OUR fault
T B 2 days ago
Where were all the Thneedvillians that don't believe in "trees"?
Leo Roman Mabiasen
Matpat: bottled water is technically useless It’s not like everyone lives near a river!
Dan Al
Dan Al 2 days ago
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.
Isaiah Williams
Isaiah Williams 2 days ago
Prolly one of the worst theories he’s put out in my opinion
Libre Thai
Libre Thai 2 days ago
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.
Prawn King
Prawn King 2 days ago
The movie clearly focuses on the animals as the beings that were affected the most. That's literally the whole point of the movie.
shaunthegoat 3 days ago
I'm the lorax I speak for the trees respect nature or ill break your knees
David Velerajter
David Velerajter 3 days ago
Ellis Worcester
Ellis Worcester 3 days ago
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
Joshua Montgomery
Cool. You now understand advertising.
ChickBee 4 days ago
this. this is my favorite movie! ill be dam if you say anything bad about it! >:( im kidding "^^
Pop Culture Entertainment
I’m watching this in science class to learn about how trees grow.... for some reason
Logan Livingstone
Logan Livingstone
ash 4 days ago
The lorax was one of my favorite movies growing up Thanks matpat, another one destroyed
JusCallMeBea 4 days ago
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.
MOOZE Gamer15
MOOZE Gamer15 4 days ago
Pls Dr. Seuss' horton hears a who.
Jordan 4 days ago
so I guess this is just a video about Neoliberalism
Himedo15 5 days ago
corporate simping
Meghan Angela
Meghan Angela 5 days ago
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
Charles stick man Government
I love your videos
Manh Tran
Manh Tran 5 days ago
I ,Once-ler ,have a dream*guitar playing noise*
Jabari Chalas
Jabari Chalas 5 days ago
I forgot about lorax
Ferdinand Po
Ferdinand Po 5 days ago
This is very anthrocentric
RMGOTJAMS 5 days ago
Anyone: No one can ruin the Lorax Film Theory: Hold my thinking cap
Fot Thot
Fot Thot 5 days ago
Ted is the og simp
Pat Hamilton
Pat Hamilton 5 days ago
I'm am the lorax. I speak for the tree's. And some fucking reason. They speak Vietnameses
Jaron Froman
Jaron Froman 6 days ago
I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees. If you keep cutting them down , the bears will feast on ya knees
Finnegan fox
Finnegan fox 6 days ago
How baddddddd can I be?
Killua Zoldyck
Killua Zoldyck 6 days ago
Matt there eating jello again there eating JELLO
S y k o
S y k o 6 days ago
Save the trees or lose your knees.
Overlord 81
Overlord 81 7 days ago
13:12 In the background it sounds like: "Hey! Stop! Stop! Stop!"
Quantum Proton
Quantum Proton 7 days ago
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.
YoshiMagic 7 days ago
Mean while in a ulternate universe: ohear is selling smoke in a bottle and the human race is coming to a end
Finn Masterson
Finn Masterson 7 days ago
Leena A.
Leena A. 7 days ago
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.
RayRay 7 days ago
RayRay 7 days ago
Check his other channel out too
Pyper Pepper
Pyper Pepper 7 days ago
Reminder thag bad people can do good things (and vice versa)
Maxwell Mcellis
Maxwell Mcellis 7 days ago
the antagonist is capitalism
Beckett Smith
Beckett Smith 7 days ago
Great intro
eikcim 1728
eikcim 1728 8 days ago
so the message is still screw capitalism... just not in that way
eikcim 1728
eikcim 1728 8 days ago
“it’s not evil, just stupid and bad business.” 😃☝️
Darc Hart94
Darc Hart94 8 days ago
Way to put a damper on the people who spent 20 million for a charity that was ultimately kinda pointless
saftey master zach Mcpherson
woken in a nutshell
Avery Merva
Avery Merva 8 days ago
"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
Heda Quake
Heda Quake 8 days ago
I have a music playlist on RUvid and ig I accidentally put this in there and I was listening to a calm song and then suddenly, “hOW mAaAad wiLL yOu bE”
TimeIsSketch 8 days ago
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-
sorce 16
sorce 16 8 days ago
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
Lego007guy M
Lego007guy M 9 days ago
Still enjoy the movie
Lily Hanson
Lily Hanson 9 days ago
Hey... the movie is actually really good...
SilverDragon128 9 days ago
But they're the bad guys for manipulating the people into thinking they need to rely on them
Veronica Piccinini
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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Amber Rastogi
Amber Rastogi 9 days ago
also his mom
Jacob Huntington
Jacob Huntington 9 days ago
This is a good way to show how teenagers shouldn’t act like they know how life, politics, and economics work
Matthew Boyd
Matthew Boyd 9 days ago
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.
Junebug 10 days ago
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
Seth Grant
Seth Grant 10 days ago
your next chanal shod be dino thery
Sallyanne Gooch
Sallyanne Gooch 10 days ago
Any one on RUvid watching this video do you know Mr.beast
spider girl gamer
spider girl gamer 10 days ago
The intro tho lol
Anti-HyperLink 10 days ago
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.
Anti-HyperLink 10 days ago
Is IHOP bad for the environment? Printers maybe. Definitely gas guzzling cars. I don't really know what com cast even is.
Anti-HyperLink 10 days ago
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.
Anti-HyperLink 10 days ago
Something that everyone loved ruined by greedy, corporate interest? Sounds like everything I've ever loved as of right now.
Anti-HyperLink 10 days ago
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.
juke365 11 days ago
11:09 that's not evil...it's just stupid
Retro Xtero
Retro Xtero 11 days ago
Why couldn’t o hare sell water to?
Alyssa anderson
Alyssa anderson 11 days ago
Max The Bear
Max The Bear 11 days ago
lol I love that song in the beginning
Origami Ahsoka
Origami Ahsoka 11 days ago
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
Roblox Noob
Roblox Noob 11 days ago
I am the lorax and i speak for the trees and for some ******* reason there speaking Vietnamese
PopgoestheBendy 11 days ago
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!”*
Vecthur 11 days ago
The Once-ler: I'll chop down just one tree The Lorax: That's tree-son!
Ihaveno_bones 11 days ago
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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