Christopher Meledandri

‘Dr. Seuss' the Lorax’ Once-ler Villain Revealed

Entertainment Weekly has our first look at The Once-ler, the villain in Dr. Seuss's original children's book The Lorax, as he will appear in Illumination Entertainment's upcoming CGI adaptation. Check out these new photos, along with further information about this once-mysterious cretin, below.

In the original book The Lorax, the Once-ler was seen as just a pair of green arms, and the character has remained a mystery to Dr. Seuss fans until this very minute. In the upcoming big screen outing, The Once-ler is revealed to be a young, fresh face man voiced by Ed Helms, who is scalded by The Lorax, voiced by Danny DeVito, for cutting down his forest. The story found in the film is described as a fable about making bad choices, and then making amends.

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‘Pluto’ Heads to Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment

Tezuka Productions and Christopher Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment are partnering to bring Pluto to life as a live- action/CG hybrid film. Pluto, which has sold over 8.5 million copies in Japan, results from the union of the most beloved character in Japanese culture with the most contemporary Japanese writer, Naoki Urasawa. Meledandri's international hits have amassed over $2 billion WBO including: Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who and The Simpsons Movie. Most recently, his new banner, Illumination Entertainment, released the film Despicable Me which has become the 10th highest grossing animated film of all time in the US.

Urasawa's Pluto, which he collaborated with Takashi Nagasaki, updates the characters from the legendary Astro Boy series, created by Osamu Tezuka (known as the"God of Manga"), brings an action-filled saga set in a world populated by giant robots and cybernetic citizens. The manga series is characterized by Urasawa and Nagasaki's signature brand of storytelling. The combined creative genius of Urasawa, Meledandri and Tezuka guarantees an imaginative, exciting and visually stunning event film executive produced by Macoto Tezka.

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