After previously adapting Horton Hears a Who!, screenwriters Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio were fully aware of what's expected of movies based on popular Dr. Seuss books. They also have developed a close working relationship with the Seuss estate and Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, and that made their job of working on the script for The Lorax a little easier. But it was still tough to figure where to start the film and how best to pad out the short book into an hour and a half movie.
"That was a huge challenge with this because as much as I love the book, for a long time Ken and I were both thinking, 'Can we do this? How do you make this into a feature film?' And then we sort of had a breakthrough where we looked at the first page of the book, that's the boy visiting the Once-ler at the Lurkum, and felt, 'Well, who is this boy and where did he come from? What led him to come visit?' That gives us a starting place that's before the book as a way to expand," explained Cinco Paul in our exclusive interview. "And then the last image is the one of him handing him the seed. And then we thought, 'Well, I wonder what happens now that he has the seed?' So the idea was to expand the book on either side but to preserve as much of what Dr. Seuss did as possible."
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