Film Theory: The Lorax Movie LIED To You!

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We all know what the moral to The Lorax is, right? Respect the environment and conservation. Well guess what, you're WRONG! At least, you are wrong if we are talking about the 2012 movie version of The Lorax. You see, that movie made some... interesting changes to the story we all know and love. Changes that kind of ruin that message. In fact, it almost turns it on it's head and says the opposite. Yet, the movie STILL claims to be about environmentalism. Get ready, I am about to expose all of the LIES of The Lorax movie!
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  1. FlygawneDezert Mage of Mind

    FlygawneDezert Mage of Mind

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    Disclaimer: Film Theory is not responsible for any psychological trauma inflicted by the Onceler fandom.

    • Samma Naeem

      Samma Naeem

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      @Yawn Yawn He had posted a link of a youtube video on how to convert pdf files to Word and said "WOW!"..….-_-

    • Yawn Yawn

      Yawn Yawn

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      @Samma Naeem what did this person say

    • John Hymas

      John Hymas

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      I only had to google it to suffer psychological trauma. I am confusion.

    • Random_doodles


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      I used to be in the Onceler fandom but now I’m in the undertale fandom and all the AU stuff basically makes it the same as the Onceler fandom

    • Directors Choice

      Directors Choice

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      I had finally started to forget about that. Thanks for the reminder 🥴

  2. Rie Pro

    Rie Pro

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    Mathew patrik I'm only 10 years old. And I just want to say thank you for all the stuff you've taught. Me and I'm in fith grade and I'm learning stuff in sixth grade. So I just wanted to say thank you cuz I started to each film theory senns I was 7.😁😁😁

  3. LORD pi

    LORD pi

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    b far pat,this was your best one yet,stop being stupid people(also me :|)

  4. Adam Carlson

    Adam Carlson

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    Corporations are obviously also responsible for environmental damage even if they're too stupid to replant trees. These theories are getting worse.

  5. Nadim Omar

    Nadim Omar

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    i am the lorax, and i speak for the trees cut them down and i'll break your knees

  6. Orion Gabriel Derez

    Orion Gabriel Derez

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  7. Temjin 999

    Temjin 999

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    Karen’s are the villains lol

  8. Ian Walker

    Ian Walker

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    the wo-o-o-or-st movie i wish it never existed in the first place, it ruined the lorax for me. why would you take a classic movie, and stream line it

  9. Liz Hano

    Liz Hano

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    Ngl this video feels like capitalist propaganda

  10. Kendrick Lyon

    Kendrick Lyon

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    The problem with this is that truffula trees are grown with seeds, and the truffula trees only grows the silk like material, without a clear way to harvest the seeds and replant them.

  11. Vanaja ajith

    Vanaja ajith

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    so its basically Apple

  12. dogsin_abasketYT


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    I actually once misheard the movie as "the borax"

  13. Nathan


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    How can they even breathe with the tree they don’t even have leaves!?

  14. Begone thot

    Begone thot

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  15. Gachacatchemall Girl

    Gachacatchemall Girl

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    O'Hare looks like Mineta from My Hero Academia..

  16. Daniel Buller

    Daniel Buller

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    Thank you Matpat. Thank you for speaking the truth, defending capitalism and sustainable logging. If California had cared more about our forests or brought logging companies in who would care about them, we wouldn't have lost 4.2 MILLION acres to fire this year.

  17. daniel tutty

    daniel tutty

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    To the people saying that Matpat is wrong because of the marketing departments. So you're saying that Matpat is wrong because people are too stupid to think for themselves, gotcha thanks.

  18. Ivan the smash

    Ivan the smash

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    Matpat the overthinker of the decade

  19. Abe Lincoln

    Abe Lincoln

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    Can we talk about how water is locked behind a paywall anyway? Without the bottles? Like we pay for all the tap water we get.

  20. Andres Rodriguez

    Andres Rodriguez

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    I don't see how some people didn't understand the plot twist 😕. I'm willing to bet these are the same people who were MAGA hats in private.



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    Hey Mat Pat I think you should check this video out about the Lorax movie.-> The (Cut) Song That Could Have Saved The Once-Ler. Sorry I couldn't get the link copied.

  22. The Blue Iguana

    The Blue Iguana

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    To Matpat: pls make a Godzilla theory and heart this comment

  23. Zach Frishman

    Zach Frishman

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    Please do a video on The Owl House. Maybe do something like how King is Bill reborn or something. I would love to see that though. (Also you're doing great at destroying my poor child mind and all the memories that come with it. Keep at it.)

  24. LocalFriendly cloud

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    This vid is the only time i didnt predict the villian wich i tought was lorax

  25. mido akeel

    mido akeel

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    I want anime theory I WANT IT NOOOW

  26. Fuck scomo

    Fuck scomo

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    Oncelor libright moment

  27. Michaelle Barthélus

    Michaelle Barthélus

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    I have a classwork on a movie and I chose this one.

  28. David Lofton

    David Lofton

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    I love that intro.

  29. ConfusedGuy


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    How bad can he possibly be let's see...

  30. Brendan Benson

    Brendan Benson

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    HA HA SIMP!!!!!

  31. Aiden Rose

    Aiden Rose

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    They should've added biggering

  32. Hizaki Kentai

    Hizaki Kentai

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    Wait... So how does the onceler breathe if he lives in the wasteland

  33. Yes I do indeed take dubs

    Yes I do indeed take dubs

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    Pinned by The Film Theorists FlygawneDezert Mage of Mind 3 days ago Disclaimer: Film Theory is not responsible for any psychological trauma inflicted by the Onceler fandom.

  34. Absolutely Ava

    Absolutely Ava

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    Yeah no, i typically love your theories but this one is quite ridiculous imo, it’s an interesting one tho

    • Absolutely Ava

      Absolutely Ava

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      It’s important to recognize the role we ply but “there is no ethical consumption under capitalism”

    • Absolutely Ava

      Absolutely Ava

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      It’s like with straws. Yes we can not use plastic straws for #savetheturtles, but unless the COMPANIES change their business practices it won’t make as significant as a change to the environment (Im not saying it won’t make none, just not a much)

    • Absolutely Ava

      Absolutely Ava

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      This idea of blaming consumers is so genuinely wrong. Consumers of course play a role but to say they are worse than corporations is so genuinely fucked up...

  35. Bone_knapper


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    Its funny if you think about it. “He wasn’t undone by his greed but him not understanding basic knowledge of botany” -Cinema sins

  36. dan perry

    dan perry

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    What's sad is that these are basic economic principles ones that we should be taught in school and everyone should understand. Free markets are more then capable of regulating themselves. But we live in a world of rampant consumerism, were the consumer blames the corporations for the problems. Corporations only exist because you choose to give them your money. Whether it's for convenience or to save a buck, or your own desire for something you don't need. You have complete power over how and where you spend your money. A luxury not everyone in the world has, but with great power comes great responsibility. Don't like monopolies like Walmart that carelessly destroy the environment and communities? Buy local. Don't like a companies environmental practices? Don't buy their product, and make sure to tell them why you won't buy their product. You would be amazed at how much consumer choice has improved the quality of the environment, health and safety, and overall product quality.

  37. Von Neko - Gaming Hub

    Von Neko - Gaming Hub

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    what if in FNAF 4 you play as the brother and not the bite child?

  38. skeleton boy DA BEST

    skeleton boy DA BEST

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    Top ten relatable characters 2020 Number 1 oncelr I forgot how to spell his named

  39. Jacob Tatana

    Jacob Tatana

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    There's a cut song called biggering and it really good at the original story.

  40. nick tully

    nick tully

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    New film theory idea! It would be really cool if you did a video on mamma Mia, specifically figure out who is Sophie’s real dad. We never got a clear answer in the movies and I kinda want some form of closure on this after all these years 😂

  41. Abstractgamer


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    It must be so annoying watching your favourite movie with him whalst he is talking about how the main character is secretly a murderer

  42. Leah Mytopher

    Leah Mytopher

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    it is a cartoon

  43. GhostfaceGirl180


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    I don't get the hate for this movie. It has its flaws, but it's still a good movie with a message that will sadly stay relivent for decades to come. If anything it just gets more relivent with time.

  44. kingsly


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    Film theory fact We have different stuff Need is we need to survive like air of o hair Want is Once lers sweters

  45. Looking In With Victor B

    Looking In With Victor B

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    New Theory: O'Hair is actually polluting his consumers. We believe the tangy smell of the air produce by iodized air filtation systems means the air is fresher, a noticable freshness that psychologically has been proven to increase our endurance. And as mineral oil based scents cannot be bottled, canned or bagged in clear, empty containers, the only way that O'Hair could sell bottles of "noticeably fresher air" would be to iodize the air from outside the city.... However, iodizing air does not make the fresh O2 we need to survive, but O3, Ozone, with it's tangy smell that warns us it is poisonous.

  46. Braxton Dunlap

    Braxton Dunlap

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    U should do a theory on how the doors in monsters inc can work or how they’re made

  47. The Soulless Rp Founder / Creator

    The Soulless Rp Founder / Creator

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    XD this is to funny , and I really mean the intro

  48. Vanilla YT

    Vanilla YT

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    HEY MATPAT! So I have an idea for your fourth channel (to complete the little circle thing in all of you channel logos, food theory being the third one). It could be Life Theory, involving things in the real world. Things like “why do people enjoy ___ so much?”. You could explain it using science and math (which I really like). You could also explain why school teaches us things we don’t really need in the real world. I mean, that’s a question we all want to know the answer to, right? Well, I don’t even know if you’ll read this comment, but I can hope, and I can try.

  49. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime

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    So Ted is a SIMP

    • dave derosier

      dave derosier

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      We not gonna talk about matpat dropping rhymes through the whole video?

  50. William Thompson

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    wonder what MP thinks ab drug dealers lol

  51. Eternally Angelic

    Eternally Angelic

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    Just sayin, you really missed the mark on this one.... that's one way to spin the story but its entirely wrong, The corrupt government/industries and business's which misguide us into thinking we NEED something, or something is good for us. The seeds example and people being against tree's is a perfect example of this. planting tree's would be a GOOD thing, no way around that. They don't want that because they don't know what they're missing, and the corporate lies, and misguidance keep them thinking what they need is their product. This clearly squarely puts the evil back in the corporate. Then of course O hare, or the other guy could easily be planting tree's with their money, but don't... And if a people live in a bubble like needsville, and are told what to buy, and what they need with little to no education and even in the movie just kinda do whatever the corporates tell them is good for them, then people are not making informed educational decisions. -----------------

  52. Krisha Ben Louisse Meguizo

    Krisha Ben Louisse Meguizo

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    Guys u are forgetting about the animals

  53. dolimi jotoo

    dolimi jotoo

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    Environmentalists: What if someone like the onceler ACTUALLY manages to do something like this? Me: Laughs in MrBeast

  54. Confetti Pumpkins

    Confetti Pumpkins

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    Here’s a video by Sarah Z

    • dolimi jotoo

      dolimi jotoo

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      Day 1 of adking matpat to make a Avatar The Last Airbender theory

  55. Luke Luke

    Luke Luke

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    I agree with Ohaire but the Onceler is still bad to me, cause even a stupid person would plant trees if he saw that GINORMOUS effect on the land

  56. Jasmine Sharrer

    Jasmine Sharrer

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    I had a thought while watching the lorax. Could you repopulate the earth's trees from one seed or at that point would it be to late

  57. Weston Flippo

    Weston Flippo

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    It certainly is on the people to change habits to create change. The said, when the levers of power, industry, advertising, etc is in the hands of apparently one person as it in this movie, wouldn't it be on capital to be brought to heel?

  58. Boltythebro


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    So if any of you learned anything from this video and disagree with the practices in the meat, dairy, egg or wool industries y'all know what to do.

  59. E Loves Random Fandom

    E Loves Random Fandom

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    Can you Theory Animaniacs pls

  60. 「 _VideogamemasterVGM 」

    「 _VideogamemasterVGM 」

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    Those first 40 seconds were bad childhood memories and Dr. Seuss movies/rhymes all in one *and it was heck*

  61. Judd MacDonald

    Judd MacDonald

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    Bruh I was just about to say not many people buy bottles of water and turn around to see 3 bottles of water XD

  62. Franklin Falco

    Franklin Falco

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    Both the lorax and wall-e's dystopias improved the quality of life in every way except the environment.

  63. michael clift

    michael clift

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    Video idea how old or rich is mr burns from the Simpson’s

  64. andiagra AndiAgra

    andiagra AndiAgra

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    Let's be honest Mr beast is a good youtuber

  65. John Hymas

    John Hymas

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    Why did he ignore the green child? He wanted to swim and therefore suffered radiation.

  66. Michael Melendez

    Michael Melendez

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    Managed forests are bad bro. They cut it all down again before it can really begin to impact the biodiversity and regenerate the ecosystem.

  67. TheAwesomeGamer Tube

    TheAwesomeGamer Tube

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    The ba a a a song is just everywhere in this video man. Edit : I always thought those bottles were just water not air ( Man I am blind)

  68. DetachableLegJeysin


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    this just reminds me how mad i am about them not using Biggering instead of How Bad Can I Be

  69. dragonborn813 0

    dragonborn813 0

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  70. Vincent Lorico

    Vincent Lorico

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    Day 1 of adking matpat to make a Avatar The Last Airbender theory

  71. andiagra AndiAgra

    andiagra AndiAgra

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    Let's bee honest the name of allowisshis o.hare put in any rhyme Will sound Soo good

  72. CHICHARO Gaming

    CHICHARO Gaming

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    Bro it’s a kids movie people don’t take it so seriously

  73. Franklin Falco

    Franklin Falco

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    Both corporations and consumers are equally responsible. Voting with our dollars alone may not be enough to change the system.

  74. Latikatika


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    This video relies almost wholly on the 'vote with your dollar' argument, which just doesn't really work - businesses always have some responsibility for the things they are doing. So the Onceler sorta is the villain, whether he is a likeable villain or not, no one told him to cut down the trees - he cut them down. Consumers often just buy what's there, or what's advertised, and its possible they mightn't have known that he was cutting down all those trees. Equally, while O'Hare isn't responsible for the wasteland, he is still selling people something they can literally get for free, and I think that's unethical. It would be very easy for a consumer to think "he's selling bottled air. Does that mean that our air isn't good enough?" - it isn't all on them

  75. Franklin Falco

    Franklin Falco

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    I am the matpat and I speak for the theories.

  76. Sylvia Kauffman

    Sylvia Kauffman

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    why did he have to sing how bad can i be i- that singing will never leave my mind

  77. GetOutImPlayingRb


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    This video is predictable lol

  78. Sylvia Kauffman

    Sylvia Kauffman

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    i love how i just got this video in my recommended after watching a video talking about a song that was cut that could have honestly made the movie so much better and could have shown how bad companies are

  79. mad mudkip

    mad mudkip

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    you should try adding to the darth jar jar theoy . : )

  80. roguedogx


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    14:11 I have to push back on this a little. Yes the consumers are technically at fault, but its the economic incentive system driving those decisions. Decision fatigue is a real thing and every customer can't be expected to do a deep dive on ever product they'll ever buy. Which is basically why governments exist, to make sure that customers and companies only have incentivizing options that are reasonable. It's a failure of the system, or a failure to set up a system, that the bad guy here. Although the customers and the bad guys definitely get some blame too. I'd say they aren't the primary drivers.

  81. Legends WJ

    Legends WJ

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    Sho quiero de lo que fuma ese tipo

  82. Victor Chew

    Victor Chew

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    Mat: talks about bottled water 1 scone later: ad For bottled water plays

  83. Keegstar


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    Lorax: *tells a story about how industrialization is ruining the environment* Matpat: well..

  84. Gojifan123 Godzillafan321

    Gojifan123 Godzillafan321

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    If you take on out illumination its illuminati

  85. Ruby W.

    Ruby W.

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    Most deforestation is due to the livestock industry, not logging for wood/paper. Those companies don’t give a single crap abt replanting the trees and most people when they eat a hamburger aren’t thinking about that. And that’s really not their fault we’re taught only what the capitalists want us to learn

  86. Zack TDW

    Zack TDW

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    I buy bitteled water cuz i can put it in a freezer and make it colder

  87. not in use lol

    not in use lol

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    now matpat is ruining my childhood

  88. Ruby W.

    Ruby W.

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    I don’t agree with this at all. I feel like your argument when applied to the moral of the movie is basically saying that all of these companies that destroy the earth are only doing so bc of the consumers, when that’s not really the case it’s more that the nature of capitalism forces them to do so. Most people are not aware of the major issues these companies are causing, and unless you want to go live off the land it’s almost impossible to live without some negative environmental impact. Though people Should definitely take some individual responsibility for not being sustainable, it’s just not possible at this point for us as consumers to fix the problems these corporations have caused

  89. Gabriel Carrillo Valdez

    Gabriel Carrillo Valdez

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    Im the lorax i speak for the trees but for some fuckin reason there speaking japenese

  90. Eliza Almaguer

    Eliza Almaguer

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    This reminds me of one of my animal welfare classes. It was on meat consumption and farming practices in the UK. Boiled down to the following: people agreed that meat consumption should be reduced, they agreed that farm animal welfare should be improved, they disagreed to reduce their own meat consumption, and they disagreed to the price increase to permit improved rearing conditions for the animals. The result: To please costumers UK farms improved their practices and the animal's care, often limiting their production and increasing their prices. To counter it a large portion of the meat consumed is imported from places with lower welfare standards that can yield larger amounts of product at a cheaper price.

  91. PinkLuver 771

    PinkLuver 771

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    The real theory for this film is where the fudge is the "fresh" air coming from?

  92. Louise Charpentier

    Louise Charpentier

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    2:26 *war-like flashbacks*

  93. AHov_Games


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    I want film theory to do a ep on how hot optimuses blades are in the live action

  94. Jeff Duffrin

    Jeff Duffrin

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    Funny how we are talking about paper companies and the onceler is voice by Ed helms or andy from the office

  95. Misha's Arts

    Misha's Arts

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    Movie makers make a movie Mat: and this is why this character is actually evil Movie makers: :o



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    When matpat says he iconic line sometimes I think it’s an actual fact like with this theory he put so much proof evidence and straight up facts that it’s hard to say no to this

    • Lord Scrap Metal

      Lord Scrap Metal

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      it's literally just a theory though, none of his theories are factual definitive answers and a lot of them get disproven over time

  97. Qwertyuio


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    4:53 *MatPat:* _”This _*_(song)_*_ is _*_(canon),_*_ and that makes me _*_(right)!”_* Places *(out of context line)* on his head, _”See? SEE!? Don’t just stand there, you _*_(consumers)!_*_ I'll make you regret the day we met. I'll see you drawn and quartered! You'll beg for death to save you!”_ Points *(arrow)* at *(Lorax),* _”and as for you, my _*_(Lorax),_*_ I'll have you _*_(incorrectly shown to be wrong)_*_ for the rest of your days! I'm right! I will have order! I will have _*_(capitalism)!_*_ I will have-“_ Gets eaten by *(the ROfilm comments section)* For those of you who don’t watch Shrek daily, I was quoting Farquaad.

  98. Random_doodles


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    That’s why I always get the saplings from the leaves in Minecraft 11:12

  99. 4db0y


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    Hi great theory but if u have time, I feel like mr poppers penguins is begging for a theory on if penguins can live in an apartment.

  100. Jordan Bustle

    Jordan Bustle

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    The Lorax will break knees now