|“||You have to do whats best for the company, and your momma.||„|
|~ The Once-Ler's Mother manipulating the Once-Ler.|
The Once-Ler's Mother is the overarching antagonist of the 2012 adaptation of The Lorax.
The Once-Ler's mother is a greedy and failure-intolerant individual. She is somewhat manipulative and abusive, especially to the Once-Ler.
She also has a lack of business insight since she never takes into account of reserving resources (the tree) to create a long and stable business instead her greed blinds her to the fact that she willing to pressure the Once-Ler to chop down all the tree until nothing left to make the business function. In the end, her greed and short-sighted contribute greatly to the Once-Ler's downfall.
The Once-Ler's mother helped cut down the trees and is the mother of Bret, Chet, and the Once-Ler. She is snobby, money-crazy, somewhat manipulative, selfish, and cruel to her youngest son.
She constantly belittles the Once-Ler, and was said that he would not amount to anything all his life. However, this was not the case when the Once-Ler created and mass-produced the successful Thneed, which has become very popular.
Even when the Once-Ler happily taunted his mother of his success as a businessman, she simply brushes this off by claiming that she was only motivating him into creating his business.
She is the one who convinced the Once-Ler's continue cutting down the trees, making her somewhat the true antagonist. Mostly its clear that she wants the Once-Ler to make the business more successful to keep her well kept. Once the last one falls, she says that she is disappointed and names Bret as her new favorite child (it is either because she was disappointed in her son for cutting down the last tree, that there are no more trees to cut down, or that the Once-Ler cannot keep selling Thneeds). She is the only villain in the film to get away with her crime but without the Once-Ler's money, she has to live the less luxurious life again, indicating that she at least gets her karma.
- Despite the fact that she is the main antagonist of the film, she is a major factor that led to most of the film's events.
- Her real name is Isabella.
- Her character seems to be much more hated by fans of the film than the film's main antagonist, Aloysius O'Hare, due to the fact that she is the one who made the Once-Ler destroy the forest in the first place, as well as apparently contributing to his miserable life, making her the overarching antagonist and Heavy of the film. Furthermore, O'Hare's rise to power is also attributed to her as the trees are the main factor that prevent O'Hare's fresh air business to be configured in the first place.
- What happens to her afterwards remains unknown, but it is most likely that she died before the recent events of the films, since the Once-Ler is now elderly.