What was your first impression of the Once-ler?
Well, my first impression was of a man cutting down a tree. I didn’t notice much else. In case you haven’t figured it out, cutting down a tree is NOT a way to make a good first impression with me. But once I talked to the Once-ler a little bit, I could see he was just a normal, skinny kid, a little jumpy and not so bright.
Did you know the Once-ler still had a truffula seed?
I did know that he still had the truffula seed. But I also knew that only he could decide to plant it. I couldn’t magically force the Once-ler to do anything. I could try to convince him, but ultimately he had to decide for himself.
Where you excited when the Once-ler gave Ted the last truffula seed?
Yes! As Guardian of the trees, it was a chance for me to get back in my element. For the people of Thneedville, it was a ticket to a world they never knew. For me, that little seed was like a ticket home.
Have you always had that moustache? How long did it take to grow the moustache?
I didn’t always have the moustache. Like a tree, a moustache takes time for growth and nourishing. Growing this moustache has basically taken my whole life up till now. You don’t grow something this glorious overnight. What’s all the more remarkable (and no one ever gives me credit for this) is that I’m a creature essentially covered in fur who also manages to have a moustache somehow. That’s like being a hairless cat with a bald spot.
Is your favourite colour truffula tree?
I couldn’t choose a favourite. The truffula trees are like my children and I look over them like a worried mother hen. Don’t make me choose, I tell you! I won’t do it!
Why did you not stop the Once-ler before he chopped down the last tree?
I can only speak for the trees. I can’t stop people from doing what they choose to do. That’s not how it works. Only the Once-ler could have stopped the Once-ler. That’s the way things are. In life, you have to take responsibility for your actions. And unfortunately, the Once-ler didn’t take responsibility until it was too late.
What is your favourite animal in Truffula Valley and why?
I have a soft spot for the Humming Fish. The tunes they hum are catchy! Gotta say I’m a much bigger fan of their earlier stuff though. I was actually a fan of the Humming Fish before everyone knew about them. Now EVERYONE hums their tunes.
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