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|“||And, she is not some girlǃ She's a woman… in high school… and she loves trees, and I'm gonna get her one.||„|
|~ Ted to The Once-Ler|
|“||I am Ted Wiggins, and I speak for the trees. And the fact is, things aren't perfect here in Thneedville! And they're only gonna get worse unless we do something about it! Unless we change our ways, and we can start by planting this!||„|
|~ Ted Wiggins|
Theodore "Ted" Wiggins is the main protagonist of the film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. He is an idealistic 9-year-old boy who intends to find the one thing that will win the affection of Audrey, the love of his life. He is named after Dr. Seuss's real name, Theodor Seuss Geisel. He repeatedly visits the The Once-Ler and has to plant the last seed ever.
Ted is 4 foot and 6 inches (137 cm). He is a 9-year old boy and he wears an orange shirt with red stripes with gray sleeves and he wears blue jeans combined with black Converse sneakers with a labeling that says Gru's Shoes and has a picture of a minion with white laces and black covering. He has fair skin, black hair, and brown eyes.
9-year-old Ted Wiggins lives in Thneedville, a walled city where everything is artificial, with no living plants. Ted has a crush on environmentalist Audrey, and decides to impress her with a “real tree”. His Grammy Norma tells him the legend of the Once-ler, who knows what happened to the trees. Leaving Thneedville in search of the Once-ler, Ted discovers that the outside world is a barren, contaminated wasteland. He finds the Once-ler, who agrees to tell him the story of the trees over multiple visits. Returning home, Ted encounters Thneedville's greedy mayor, Aloysius O'Hare, whose company sells bottled oxygen to the polluted city. Explaining that trees, and the oxygen they produce freely, pose a threat to his business, O'Hare pressures Ted to stay in town, but Ted continues to visit the Once-ler.
The Once-ler gives Ted the last Truffula seed in hopes he can regrow the forest and make others care about trees. Ted returns home to plant the seed, which is spotted by O'Hare’s city-wide surveillance. Enlisting the help of Audrey and his family, Ted is pursued by O’Hare to the center of town. O’Hare rallies the citizens against Ted, telling them that trees are dangerous and filthy, but Ted uses an earthmover to knock down a section of the city wall, revealing the environmental destruction outside. Inspired by Ted’s conviction, the crowd turns on O’Hare, and the seed is finally planted. Time passes and the land begins to recover; new trees sprout, animals return, and the now-elderly Once-ler reunites with the Lorax.
- Ted is named after Dr. Seuss himself (Theodore Seuss Giesel) and Audrey is named after his wife.
- Ted Wiggins is the second human protagonist in a Illumination film, after Gru from Despicable Me.