The 300-pound bronze statue of the Lorax, the famous animated character from the Dr. Seuss book and hit movie of the same name, was reported to have been stolen from the late author’s estate in San Diego, said the police on Tuesday.
The statue stands 3-foot-high or approximately one meter in height and it is seen standing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched. It was reported to be missing from the hillside property on Monday morning, said San Diego Police Lieutenant Andra Brown.
Lorax is one of the blockbuster hit animated films released on the first quarter of this year. It is an American computer-animated musical comedy film which is produced by Illumination Entertainment and was released by Universal Pictures on March 2, 2012. The film is the fourth feature film based on a book by Dr. Seuss, the second Dr. Seuss adaptation fully computer-animated after Horton Hears a Who!
Lieutenant Brown said that the police were already doing their best to determine if the theft was related to an animated film based on the book, voice by Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, that is currently playing in theaters. “We don’t know if it’s just a prank because of the recent release of the movie or if someone thinks it’s going to be worth a buck or two because it’s a lot of (metal),” Brown said. “We are just hoping that the suspects return it. The Geisel family is just asking that it be returned and they don’t want to pursue the matter any further. Which is not to say the police won’t”.
The Lieutenant also added that the statue was one of the two made by Geisel’s stepdaughter. The other was given to a museum.