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My daughter is obsessed with The Lorax (2012), so I've watched a few times in the past week, and there's one thing that bugs me: what is the age of the characters of the movie? And in particular, the Once-ler, Aloysius O'Hare, and Grammy.

  • The Once-ler builds his company and destroys the trees in his youth;
  • Shortly after (although this may arguable) the last tree is destroyed, we see a young Aloysius O'Hare cleaning in Thneedille along with other janitor
  • That janitor can be seen in present-time with white hair.
  • Grammy claims that she remembers when the trees were everywhere.

In the Seuss Wikia, it suggests that the Once-ler could be 21-years-old at the beginning of the movie (although it's not for certain), and no age is suggested for the time of the events in the movie.

Aloysius O'Hare should be around the same age as the Once-ler, the other janitor should be older (?) than them, and Grammy should be younger or the same age too... but that seems inconsistent with the storyline.

At least in theory, many other people should remember trees, but they don't seem to. The story appears to happen in a future in which people forgot completely about real trees (Ted is 12 and he has no clue), but there are plenty of people around who actually should. So how long has it been since the last tree was chopped? And how old is the Once-ler, O'Hare, and Grammy?

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    I think you're focusing on the wrong question. Their ages are irrelevant if what you really want to understand is the timeline. – Catija Nov 28 '16 at 3:54
  • Are you sure you're remembering this movie correctly? I'm almost positive trees do exist, they're just plastic or something. As for why or why not a memory would exist, it depends on circumstances. If they were all miserable in a horrible concentration camp-type place, they'd very much remember the joys of their youths. If they were all happy, they might forget the original trees because they were substituted with something similar. I have pets from my youth I barely remember, and had completely forgotten, actually, until I started writing this comment. – Johnny Bones Nov 28 '16 at 12:51
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    Yes, they do have plastic trees (with 96 batteries), and they know the concept of tree (Ted's mom has the model with disco mode)... but they seem oblivious about real trees: Ted didn't know when he saw them painted, and Audrey talks about them almost as if they were legendary. You could say they are kids and don't know much, but in the final scene act, when Audrey mentions photosynthesis no one, young or adult, seems to know what she is talking about (as O'Hare conveniently discards it as a made-up word). But you are right, maybe they are so happy that they forgot or chose to ignore real trees – Alvaro Montoro Nov 28 '16 at 13:49
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    @Alvaro Montoro, Dude, you're nailing it here in comments, put it down as an answer, that would be nice. – natural Mar 31 '17 at 0:55
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I believe it is because they never knew the trees were there in the first place because the president or mayor only permitted artificial plants.


As you saw in the movie, people pumping up balloon hedges and in the parks they had ceramic or just hard false grass because when they finally defeated they mayor (the boy who found the man who cut down the trees) they smashed the fake grass and found real dirt underneath and planted a tree.


When you see ths, you see a bunch of people surrounding then in wonder, and there is only one reason why...


Because the people never knew that there were trees in the first place because they weren't allowed to know there was any left. That is why the town was situated so far away from the nearest forest, just to be sure and for security of the lie.

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