After seeing the movie “The Lorax” based on the book by Dr. Seuss, I thought of something that correlates between “Horton Hears a Who!” and this book/movie. In fact, I was thinking about it when I first learned about Truffula Trees from the movie. It’s funny though, because about two years ago I was going through different Seuss books, and came across “The Lorax”, but never bothered to read it. I did read “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”, and “McElligot’s Pool” though that same day I went to my local library. Anyways, thinking about Truffula Trees, I noticed how closely it resembled to an important element from “Horton Hears a Who!”.
Seeing the movie “Horton Hears a Who!” only back in 2010ish, the clover that Whoville sits on bears a striking resemblance to the Truffula Trees as seen in “The Lorax”. “Horton Hears a Who!” was published back in 1951, which was before “The Lorax” published in 1971 20 years after. If we take a close look (like Horton when he was looking for the speck of dust with Whoville on it) we can see that the clover, looks exactly like a Truffula Tree!
Below is a shot from the movie “The Lorax” showing all the Truffula Trees that used to be outside of Thneedville. Doesn’t it look like a whole field of clovers?! It’s almost like the same field that Vlad Vladikoff dropped the Who’s in, except they’re all different colors, and the trees are more widely spread out. Plus, Horton pulled three million clovers from that field, and in the story of “The Lorax”, the Once-ler cut all those trees down, so they could be two different fields.
Now between the two pictures, yes the clover looks more fuzzier than the Truffula Trees, but they look the same! Like it was meant to draw some kind of connection between the two movies, or between the entire Seuss universe all together! Also if my theory is true, Horton and the rest of the Jungle of Nool is larger than the people of Thneedville, who are larger than the people of Whoville. It’s a genius idea in my opinion. The stems of the trees compared to the stem of the clover looks the same, and the tops look the same (ish) as well, drawing a correlation to eachother. It could also be the way that it was drawn in the movie “Horton Hears a Who!”, but I think it’s clear enough to be pretty similar. That’s just me though, and I would be so stoked if my theory is correct.