The Lorax is based on Dr Seuss' book also entitled The Lorax written in 1971. Ted, a young boy from the town of Thneedsville where everything is artificial, even the trees and the grass, likes a girl named Audrey. Audrey dreams of someday having a real tree so Ted sets out to find one. His Grandma tells Ted about a man named Once-ler who lives outside of the town. Once-ler tells him what happened to the trees and how it was all his fault because he cut down the trees to make an invention called Thneeds.