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The Lorax / The Once-Ler

Last posted Mar 25, 2012 at 11:19PM EDT. Added Mar 23, 2012 at 07:16AM EDT
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Okay I feel…..really weird asking about whether this deserves a page, but considering the size of the fandom at this moment, this really may deserve a fandom page….

This year saw the release of the film adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story the Lorax. The film has acquired….. an unusually large and devoted fanbase online. And when I saw the film has gotten a fanbase, I mean The Once-Ler has a fanbase.

People are going nuts over him! Cosplaying, Ask Blogs, Gifs, PORN. I can’t believe i’m saying this, but the Lorax/Once-Ler might have one of the largest fandoms on the internet at this moment. Given the oddness of the source material (which means it isn’t simply just the usual “thing that is popular in the world” problem most subculture pages have) and the fandoms size at the moment, do you think we could do with a page for it?

Mar 23, 2012 at 07:16AM EDT
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Drpepperfan #1 Fan Of Osaka and Trixie wrote:

Given the oddness of the source material.



> ‘oddness’ of source material
> MLP fandom, found completely normal by the majority of the internet
> lorax, big fandom, ‘odd’

Okay, but in serious terms, I do find this weird. Everything presented in this thread confirms that this needs its own page. Yet, I haven’t seen nor heard of these fandoms until now. And I think the box office is not even that focused on The Lorax, probably because of The Hunger Games. But back on topic, despite me not even knowing about this, what Dr. pepperfan and Triple Z have proven this fandom needs an article, now.

Last edited Mar 23, 2012 at 09:28AM EDT
Mar 23, 2012 at 09:27AM EDT

User Name wrote:

Drpepperfan #1 Fan Of Osaka and Trixie wrote:

Given the oddness of the source material.



> ‘oddness’ of source material
> MLP fandom, found completely normal by the majority of the internet
> lorax, big fandom, ‘odd’

Okay, but in serious terms, I do find this weird. Everything presented in this thread confirms that this needs its own page. Yet, I haven’t seen nor heard of these fandoms until now. And I think the box office is not even that focused on The Lorax, probably because of The Hunger Games. But back on topic, despite me not even knowing about this, what Dr. pepperfan and Triple Z have proven this fandom needs an article, now.

The My Little Pony thing is actually what I meant when I said oddness. I think things which weren’t aimed at an adult audience but manage to gain a large fandom online somehow are more deserving of subculture pages than things which were meant to be popular with adults, like CoD or Skyrim. That’s what I was trying to say/

Mar 23, 2012 at 09:36AM EDT
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Just to open up the conversation to the forum, reiterating from IRC::

I see this type of fandom as more similar to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Community, Arrested Development, etc. There’s a ton of web content created featuring the shows and a fiercely loyal fandom but until something memetic spawns from it, I don’t know if it deserves an entry. Right now “subculture” doesn’t really equate with “fandom” and while I would love to have the database someday have a way to include resource pages for fandoms (kinda like hub pages for media / important names / sites / news / etc.), right now we’re not there yet.

Mar 23, 2012 at 04:12PM EDT
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I’m going to agree with Amanda on this. It is popular, but is it subculture material? A fandom and a subculture is a whole different thing.

I believe we had this discussion before in the IRC, but the problem with this type of stuff is that it’s mainstream media. Something like that has a much bigger chance to get an online following than other stuff. It’s like creating a subculture entry for America’s Next Top Model or Dr. Phil.

With that said, I’m kinda wondering about the Professor Layton entry. It’s popular, but it hasn’t really spawned any unique stuff. In it’s current state it’s just a fandom, and not a subculture. There are probably other examples, but I’m starting with this for now.

Mar 23, 2012 at 05:21PM EDT
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I concur with RandomMan and Amanda. There is a huge, yet undefined boundary between a fandom and a subculture, one that I don’t think the Once-ler crosses yet.

Let’s give him a good few more weeks. If he suddenly becomes a huge internet phenomenon and multiple sites and image macros are made around him, then that would be the right time to create an entry.

My guess is that he will die off after the hype of the movie does.

Mar 23, 2012 at 06:33PM EDT
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well said ace trainer. if we had a entry for ever movie someone loved, the site would be flooded. if something makes this really special in the future, sure go ahead. but until then, no meme. make like a pony, and shrug it off.


sorry for those who have gif induced seizers
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