I heard this somewhere:
In that scene in How Bad Can I Be where he is dancing down the stairs while playing guitar and singing about the economy, he doesn’t jump off, he just slips, falls, and goes with it.
Oh my gosh. Dude. That’s one of the best headcanons for this film that I’ve ever heard/read. I love this.
OH MY GOD
You know when the Lorax falls through that thing in the floor and ends up in the giant cauldron thing in How Bad Can I Be?
What if the Once-ler actually had a bunch of trap doors set up around his factory just for his own amusement.
I like this idea.
After about 10 years of his company going big, Once-ler developed a bad cough thanks to living in the very center of the smog. He got increasingly sick but never wanted to admit it because he didn’t want to believe that the company that had killed the nature around him was going to kill him too.
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In regards to Oncest, I wish more people would draw Greed-ler being sweet. I can totally picture him being very lovey toward Oncie, manipulating him through kindness, much like a corrupting parent. The outright violence just doesn’t seem like something he would do, since it would only turn Oncie against him.
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Once-lers dad was a lot like Once-ler, in appearance and personality. He was a tall, handsome inventor who also had a knack for music and was very creative with his hands. He married Once-lers mom promising her riches and fortunes with his ideas. After getting married, all his inventions never picked up off the ground, and while pregnant with Once-ler, she left him. She took all her possessions, and by accident, some of his old possessions, which she put at her Sister Grizeldas house.
She remarried and had Brett and Chett, but he divorced her because she was using up all his money, leaving her with three kids. She moved in with her sister and her sisters husband on a farm, the twins taking an instant liking to farm life. Once-ler, however was a lot like his dad. He wasn’t into the same things as his younger brothers.
His mom noticed how much he looked like and acted like his father, and began to subconsciously favor the twins because of what happened with her first husband. She berated what he did and what he liked, calling his little inventions and toys ‘stupid’.
At some point, he ended up hiding in the attic of the house when he was a teen, hiding from Brett and Chett who took a liking to rough housing with their older bro. In the attic he found the box of his fathers things, including a guitar, a fedora and a few books, one of which on how to knit. In his spare time in the attic, he taught himself to knit and play the guitar, and kept the hat as a token of remembrance for the father he never had.
He left to make a Thneed and make money, to prove his worth to his mom, but part of him also hoped to find his dad along the way.
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The Once-ler’s real name is actually just Once. “Once-ler” was an affectionate nickname given to him when he was really young by his dad. He liked it so much that he adopted it as a full-time name, and everyone eventually just kind of forgot that it wasn’t his real name.
Once, while still a weird name, at least sounds like something that a mother might realistically think of to name her child, especially if (as many fanfics indicate) he was unwanted. This also explains why Once-ler’s mom calls him “Oncie” — she doesn’t want to call him by the same nickname her former husband did.
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The Once-ler has sewn and designed all of his own clothes since the age of fourteen. After having so many growth spurts, his mother grew tired of buying him new clothes all the time, so she told him to make his own clothes with the stuff in the attic or he’d have to walk around naked.
Once-ler developed his own taste in style after having to make household items look good on him. He made his pajamas after his last growth spurt, the only comfortable cloth he could find to accommodate his body being his childhood bedsheets, blue with yellow bunnies on them.
His pants are actually two different pairs of pants neatly sectioned and sewn together.
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Old Once-ler didn’t like to leave the valley after things started growing in it again but Ted insisted on having him over. The Once-ler was very wary about entering the town again because a lot of the people there were the children of those who had chased him out after his factories fell.
But he came anyway and it turned out that basically nobody remembered who he was and he threw a big fit about it but it was all for show. After that, he came by a lot more often for lunch or dinner and used the time to teach Ted how to take care of the truffula trees.
And for the Norma/Once-ler shippers: He also used that time to patch things up with Norma.
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The Once-ler originally had lots of seeds he took with him to the lurkim. He kept trying to plant them over the years, but they wouldn’t grow outside of Thneedville, without good soil and sunshine. He eventually stopped trying when he only had one seed left, to save it until he knew it had a good chance of surviving.
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The Once-ler cut down all the trees so that he could spot Shia LaBeouf quicker.
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nudges fandom delicately with foot
are brett and chet younger or older than the once-ler
They look younger to me, honestly. Act younger too, though this could have all been in how they were brought up. I’d like to say younger though.
I like to think older… but that’s just to fit into my melodramatic little headcanon of Oncie getting picked on as a little kid.