Director Chris Renaud Talks THE LORAX, DESPICABLE ME 2, and STAR WARS; Plus Will We Hear “It’s So Fluffy!” in the DESPICABLE ME Sequel?

     February 26, 2012

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From the creators of Despicable Me comes the animated feature film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a beloved cautionary tale of environmental conservation wrapped up in a colorful children’s story.  The 3D-CG animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him.  For more on the film, here’s some images, trailers, 8 clips from the movie, and the Super Bowl spot.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I was able to speak with director Chris Renaud for our partners at Omelete.  During the interview, Renaud talked about what drew him to The Lorax, what he learned on Despicable Me that he was able to apply to this film, how much the story changed during production, his favorite movie, actor and director, and we talked a bit about Star Wars as he mentioned that was his favorite film.  In addition, with Renaud currently working on the Despicable Me sequel, we talked about what fans can expect and if we’ll hear Agnes say “It’s so fluffy” again.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Renaud

  • What’s his favorite movie, actor and director
  • Mentions Star Wars is his favorite movie. We talk about the prequels and if they changed his opinion on the franchise
  • What drew him to The Lorax
  • What did he learn on Despicable Me that he was able to apply to The Lorax
  • How much did the story change during production
  • Despicable Me 2 talk


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