- pic one: white water rapids of the river once-ler floats down
- pic 2: shore of the river once-ler floats down.
- pic 3: waterfall; do we see this exterior on screen? maybe in one shot i think.
- pic 4: once-ler’s kitchen~ i love his cute stove; with a pan on another stove? or oven?; seussian counter top; the jug of ale on that shelf is a nice touch lol
- pic 5: outside of his cottage; fire ring; cute lawn chair; laundry line with what looks like maybe green gloves ;) ; outhouse lol i think theres a heart on it; red flowers in the window sill;
- pic 6: wagon with melvin; from the front
- pic 7: back of wagon, not sure whats inside it
- pic 8: back of once-lers cottage; he has cable tv haha; i think thats a telescope on the top room; i like the sitting area with the umbrella on the side of the house; dunno what the room with the steam is but it looks really interesting!
- pic 9: once-ler in his office (as it appears in how bad can i be; i think its p obvious its not the real office); the high stair case is great. the chair is nice and tall!; LOOONG curtains and great wallpaper. reminds me of kuzco’s throne
- pic 10: his parents house; via the rv. this is a mobile home. crushing over trees; a sattelite dish; water slide and swimming pool. a tv antenna for one of the rooms; laundry line. i like the sitting area with the swing with what looks like a grill to me; a birdcage in a window lol; all the observation decks have a telescope in these scenery pics lol
Its not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.
ok the rest of the factory fell in a hole. case solved i guess
yeah, i always imagined that the ground was already weak and became even weaker over time under the weight of that giant factory, to the point where it finally gave way and basically created a ravine in its wake
a pretty fittingly destructive end, i guess
Or imagine if he was still inside when it was falling
and he gets out
eventually wondering why he ran out so quickly to save his life
why must you hurt me in this way
It would be really interesting to see a storyboard version of that: where he’s running out of the factory before it just… collapses…..
This was pleasant to find again
What if instead of a pair of arms in the original movie the onceler was just a pair of legs
Happy Belated Mother’s Day PT 2
Ugh I wasnt able to spend much time on this the past few days because mom was over.
But its done
It is finally done.
It is a tale, a tale of a man…………and a monster.
Okay seriously, I need to start working on my to do list. @A@
Inspired by “The Bells of Notre Dame”
no you dont get a fucking explanation this time around its been too long since phone thats my only reason
jesus christ it reached over 700 notes you guys are craaaaazy
I can’t stop staring at his freaking hair
half a year later we’re still staring at your hair
This whole animation sequence is just incredible. You can see his tailcoat fluttering behind him as his hair is thrown around in conjunction with the power that he’s using to knock down those trees. You can even see his guitar strap moving. And the zooming is perfect. You can see the lights, probably from his factory, behind him as he becomes a speck in the distance. It’s like… industry tearing down the natural world.
Just… man. I love this animation.
At the end of the credits, after seeing the valley all lush and alive with trees, animals, birds and fish you see the Lurkim sitting atop its hill…
All the windows are again boarded up.
Because by now the Once-ler is long since dead.
But his house is now surrounded by nature once more.
That is… really heart warming and heart breaking at the same time.
The confrontation scene dialogue or “Why Once-ler Really Just Needed A Hug”
This whole sequence assaults you with subtext. On the balcony you have the Lorax understating himself, calm and controlled and pretty much resigned by this point to having failed at his one task. Despite this situation being his worst nightmare, he never raises his voice or does anything forceful. He maintains being the voice of reason to the last, showing that you can’t force people to change. And in the office you have Once-ler, overdoing his protests out of guilt.
All of the Once-ler’s justifications come out in business-speak. No wonder the Lorax needles him on losing sight of “the man he used to be” - he’s become so devoured by the pursuit of business for the sake of business, it’s even taken over the way he phrases his defence - how he defines himself.
“I’ve done nothing illegal” is the first thing out of his mouth. It’s meaningless. Rich people can bend the rules. Rich people can avoid the consequences. He founded an entire city; by this point he probably makes the laws. “I have my rights,” he claims. The most privileged guy in the world. Apparently the original residents of the land don’t get any. When the Lorax doesn’t use his magical powers on demand, he calls him a fraud - as in someone who doesn’t perform as advertised. Someone who didn’t do enough to protect the forest. He’s blaming the Lorax for what has happened, because he obviously didn’t try hard enough. But the saddest part of his rant is this:
“If you have a problem with what I’m doing, why haven’t you used your ‘powers’ to stop me?”
It’s nothing but a cry for help. He knows, underneath everything, that he’s angry at the wrong person for the wrong reason. He keeps saying things to try and justify it to himself. If what he was doing really WAS bad, someone would’ve done something, wouldn’t they? If it was THAT important, somebody would step in, right? It’s a special kind of fallacy, continuing his spree from How Bad Can I Be, which hinges on his lack of self-worth. He wanted to change the world. Nobody else believed he could, and by extension neither did he, not to apocalyptic extremes. His self-doubt reaches down so far he really can’t see himself as others see him - a rampaging maniac bent on destruction. All he sees is someone who tries his best but never makes it big, not quite yet, he’s still not there. He’s not satisfied with himself, because he’s defined his success by the terms of those who were never satisfied in him.
It’s a flat-out refusal to change, because he’s not strong enough to make that decision. If the Lorax wanted him to stop, he should have forced him. He’s the dangerously indulgent instinct we all have - to keep doing something we like as much as possible until someone makes us stop. Kids may have parents to stop them from eating an entire chocolate cake, but when we grow up we’re supposed to develop our own sense of moderation. Influence plays a major part in Once-ler’s character, from providing half his motivation via his family’s expectations to the imprints of capitalism and entrepreneurial mentality on his psyche. And the story would work, of course, without these emotional influences, but they’re there to humanise him further, to stop us from seeing him as some villain figure who we can disregard as being wicked and bad and refuse to identify with. People don’t do bad things in a vacuum. There’s always a reason, in the real world most things are tied up in emotions. Once-ler didn’t just want a rich and easy life where he didn’t worry about getting by - he never even worried about that when he lived in a tent. He was buying into the culture of greatness and wanting to be someone who rose above the rest and proved their worth as a human being. He was swept up in that celebrity ideal of becoming a shining example to others - because the lack of genuine affection in his closest family left an emotional abyss he tried to fill with the devotion of thousands.
“Did you fill that hole deep down inside you? Or do you still need more?”
It’s a surprisingly direct and aware thing for the Lorax to say. But he’s allowed, that’s what he does, points out uncomfortable truths and doesn’t give a shit. And the Once-ler gets outraged because he’s in denial about it. It’s even a bit of a cliché.
But that’s why he couldn’t stop. His family were only with him for his money, and if he became conscientious, they’d go. It was greed that put him on this path in the first place, but like it’s stated in Biggering, it’s pride that makes him unable to stop. Admitting the Lorax is right at any point would mean admitting he didn’t deserve what he had achieved, and admitting the failings in his product, and acknowledging that he was in the wrong - and with every passing day as the damage got greater, it became harder to do.
There is nobody in his life who can actually fill that hole. He cast the Lorax aside and he has to work diligently every day for the money that keeps his family by his side. Even his oldest friend, his pet mule, only ever displays negative feelings for him. What he needs, instead of this argument, is to have an emotional breakdown with someone who would understand. But there isn’t anyone, not a single character, who liked him for who he is. He had no way of knowing he was worth more than his ability to generate income.
If there’d been someone who cared, maybe they could have helped him realise what he was blind to on his own. Maybe he still would’ve been doomed by his priorities. This in no way excuses his actions, it just means he needed a hug. I think that’s why he shut himself away from the world afterwards. Everyone he knew had deserted him, and he respected their decisions, but on the other hand, he was just as alone as he’d always been.
I’m not sure if anyone went over the details on the factory yet but
Pink: Valley Exodus scene takes place
Blue: Most likely his chair
Purple: Obviously stairs
Green: Most likely his Lerkim
I don’t think this needs a five paragraph essay and I’m not good as some people who do that anyway