The Once-ler was Ebony's ideal man
The film will have an entirely new ending.The Lorax will not leave for the last time, but stay and fight the Once-ler's actions once and for all, somehow!
...or, it will preserve the original ending, but tack the new one on after it.The Lorax leaves and in the present day, Ted is given the last Truffula seed from the Once-ler... but this time, Ted actually DOES plant the seed, and eventually, enough small trees grow to the extent that the Lorax returns with seeds elsewhere, and together, they both plant a new forest.
As a punishment for screwing over the forest, the Once-ler was turned into a Lorax-like creature.It would explain how Old Man Once-ler looks in the trailer.
Ted will become the Once-lerThen use his machines to go back in time to try and stop himself.
The Once-ler is Ted's father or relativeThey look a lot alike and this troper is not the only person on the web to think this. Admit it it sounds like a good theory. Maybe the Once-ler was so ashamed at what he did he left and went into solitude. If Ted finds out this news in the film perhaps Ted would go into total shock. There could be a nightmare sequence in which Ted sees the destruction of the trees, or he could be the Once-ler in the dream and has the Lorax yell at him causing him to wake up. The film could end with the Once-ler being redeemed by his son or the Lorax telling Ted he redeemed his family by replanting the trees.
Why the Once-ler wont care about the environment
The Once-ler will be redeemed at the end of the movie
The Once-ler founded the corrupt government seen in the second trailer.] And possibly the leader is his son or one of his many many relatives (though that part's not necessary for the WMG). Oncey saw the error of his ways as an old man but the leader exiled him to stay in power and prevent people from finding out. If the leader's his relative, he disgustedly disowns the old man for going back on the things he'd ingrained in the relative as good and true.
The Once-ler becomes an embittered, cynical shut in disease and ravaged by the pollution he created.It would explain why we see his face as young guy and not as an old man, since the original purpose was to take away his humanity so he could be a symbol instead. I haven't read the book or seen the animated short in a long time so I don't remember if this already happened in them. I think the Once-ler was coughing and in wheelchair at one point in the short though, supporting the idea.
O'Hare will be an Anti-Villain
The Once-ler's family deliberately sabotaged his business.Why? Good ol' Envy and Tall Poppy Syndrome. His achievements benefitted them, but because it was him, they were jealous and wanted to see him fail. Hence his mother's manipulation and the insanely self-destructive policies they pushed.
Audrey and Ted won't get together.She's a good 4 or 5 years older than him, which is a big difference due to them being kids. Plus, while Ted is striving to make her fall in love with him, Audrey likes him more as a close friend- she was speaking half-heartedly when saying she would "marry him on the spot" if a guy found a tree for her. Once they discover it was a May-December Romance, Ted will realize it won't really work out.
Whimsy WordsWhen the Truffula tree's were compared to being softer then silk and like honey, neither Ted nor Audrey understood it. Why? Because everything in the city is artificial. Silk and honey are both naturally occurring events.
The Once-ler actually did have a decent life.Perhaps after his business failed, he didn't become a shut-in right away, and instead lives his life for a while, making friends and playing music (as young people do). Eventually his guilt did consume him and forced him into hermitude, but that doesn't mean he couldn't have actually had a life beforehand. It's heartbreaking to imagine he became a recluse immediately after he "learned his lesson", and never gets a second chance before he was already in his golden years.
Brett and Chet are inbred.They are arguably dumber and more Seuss-like (non realistic) in appearance than any other character in the film. We never see their (or the Once-ler's, if this WMG is true) father. This might explain why the only family members the Once-ler invites to help with the business are the ones we saw him living with before. They're the only ones who'll still talk to them after the Once-ler's mom gave birth to the results of an incestuous union.
Brett and Chet are not The Once-ler's brothers.Come on, they're the spitting image of Uncle Ubb, only taller.
Book!Once-ler's motivations might have stemmed, not only from his greed, but from his father.When the Lorax came back for the third(?) time in the book and scolds him for what he's done to the fish and birds, the Once-ler outbursts with the phrase "Now listen here, dad!", going on a tangent on how he's telling him not to do this, and that, and you're hurting others, and blah blah blah. He also tells him that he'll keep doing what he's doing, whether the Lorax likes it or not. His trying to make a big buisness in manufacturing Thneeds could be a way of trying to prove his dissaproving dad wrong; he'd be rich, successful, with people benefiting from his actions, everything his dad said he wouldn't.
The Once-ler was hit by a falling tree.The Lorax says that a tree falls the way it leans. The first tree he cuts down leans over him. Make of that what you will.
The Once-ler isn't Camp Straight.He seems very girly:
O'Hare's goons are Brett and Chet
The moral of the Lorax is also the same one as "The Princess and the Frog"About needing instead of wanting, Once-ler wanted his family's love and his success, what he *needed* was to take care of the environment...unfortunately he learns that to late. Ted wanted Audrey as his girlfriend, what he needed was to care about the trees, only when they get taken "Part of the way." do they get what they need instead of what they want. Its how the Lorax's magic works, his magic can only take you part of the way, you have to find your own happily ever after.
The people who made Once-ler's character design from the animated were sexually attracted to him.The animators obviously put in a lot of specific non-sexual kinks into the character that give his movements and design a really really slight but still present sexual turn to them. For example, his regular suit and green suit: both have a very obvious, to those who are familiar with it, suit fetish. From the plain vest/dress shirt/trilby combo to the full on tailcoat, which is very very popular with suit fetishists and the care given with the way the coat moved. Also, his posing and movements also have enough attention and affection in them to make him likable despite destroying the environment and being the bad guy. The camera angles that make him menacing, combined with his lankiness is enough to give him a really really appealing look to him. His nice movements are very smooth and relatable when he does anything silly or sad, looking often like a kicked puppy or a happy puppy, but he gets very adult and authoritative when he goes into megalomaniac Once-ler. This is why the Once-ler fandom-within-a-fandom even exists; because the Once-ler's creators made him sexually appealing and the audience is picking up on it.
Ted's grandma was the girl to receive the first thneed.She mentions being around the see the trees, and it seems like the only people who spent any time in the forest were the Once-ler, his family, and the mob of people wanting to buy thneeds.
The proper name for a baby bar-ba-loot is puppy.Thus explaining "Just look at me petting this puppy."
Audrey is related to the Once-ler.She has long legs, a lanky physique, and freckles, all like the Once-ler. Her red hair, however, comes from his mother's side of the family; The Once-ler's mother has blonde hair, and Grizzelda, his aunt, has red, which is a mutation of the blonde gene.
Audrey is the Lorax.Well, she has orange hair, green eyes. She adores trees and would do anything to get to see one. She more or less speaks for trees and she knows exactly what they look like.
Thneedville was built where the waterfall came down.Already-existing source of running water. The cliff assured the town was built level and there was plenty of room to build in underground without having to dig.
Truffula Trees form a planetwide consciousness, just like Eywa in Avatar.Looking at the Truffula tree in the film, you can see it's stringy - just like the memory tree in Avatar. They have a force protecting them, and their removal removes the "spirit" from the land.
The bear laying on the door shelf of the refrigerator (as the Lorax closes it) with his tongue half out was dead.Never, ever, EVER play in refrigerators, kids. Now you know.
When Once-ler chops down the Truffula Trees, he inadvertently kills the LoraxHere's another theory that the fandom has pondered over. The Lorax is tied to the Truffula Valley as its guardian, so it would make sense that he's a personification of the trees since he speaks on their behalf. When the Once-ler cuts down the trees, the reason that Lorax's so upset is that it doesn't just affect the ecosystem and the animals, but it affects him as well. Finally, as the last tree falls, he lifts himself up and dies. As Ted plants the final seed and trees come back, The Lorax is reborn.
The Once-ler became "Corrupted" because of his mom.Think about it, he did care about the tree's and animals before his mom pressured him into cutting them down, When he first arrived to the Truffula Forrest he was amazed at the beauty of it, but when his family arrived the first thing Aunt Grizzelda said was "What a dump" they weren't amazed by the beauty they thought it was garbage.
Ted will inherit Once-ler's fortune and re-invent the ThneedWhether the theory of Ted being Once-ler's grandson is true or not, it's clearly evident that they've grown closer, and I don't see why they wouldn't keep in touch after the movie and forge such a bond, since Ted's father is either dead or divorced from his mom. Once-ler still has money after his fall, and no doubt owns half of Thneedville's real estate, provided that he built it; If he wouldn't, how would he manage to live in exile for decades without paying his bills and getting food? He has no children (at least, none that he knows), presumably no living family and no friends to cut a share from his inheritance. It won't be too far off to assume that he'd leave it all (or a very large potion of it) to Ted. And it wouldn't be too far of a stretch that Ted, both realizing a good business opportunity and wanting to pay his respects to Once-ler, would rebuilt his Thneed empire, making sure to make it more nature friendly due to Once-ler's cautionary tale.
Ted isn't the first person to visit the Once-lerThink about it the Once-ler says "You don't have what it takes" to Ted when he first pauses the story and tells him to come back tommorrow, maybe other kids have come to visit him but never came back after the first day. O'Hare maybe found out about the visits and put a stop to it. So the Once-ler thought the kids didn't care about the story so that's why he said that because he doesn't think Ted will come back.
Grammy Norma is a survivor of some kind of covert purge of people who had seen actual trees.
Everything is a historical analogy.
After the Lorax left, the Once-ler became (or metaphorically became, or at least thought of himself as) a Walking Wasteland.That's why he needed to wait for Ted. He needed to convince someone young and un-corrupted by greed that the seed was worth protecting. He couldn't plant the seed himself because it wouldn't have grown for him, and he couldn't have rallied the townspeople to get them to want to protect the seed after he had spent so long telling everyone to destroy it. He had Ted plant the seed far away from him so it would be protected until the 'curse' wore off, which it did as the first trees started growing back in town. It's completely gone by the end, which is why the plants around his house have started to grow again and why the Lorax was able to come back.
O'Hare is one of the Once-ler's relatives.Either he or his parents came to Thneedville to take advantage of the Once-ler's success. Instead of leaving after the Thneed business failed he stuck around for some reason, and when he saw how polluted the air was he came up with the idea of selling clean air to people and got rich off of it. Just so he's more connected to the story.