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Horton Hears a Who!

A movie directed by Chuck Jones

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Best Family Film I've seen in a long while

  • Dec 21, 2008
Last weekend we had family movie night featuring the new DVD Horton Hears a Who. My skeptical husband (who is not necessarily a fan of "family movie night") said, "How can they make a 90 minute movie out of a 30 page book?"

The kids and I saw this movie in the theater, and I remembered thinking what a great job they did adapting Dr. Seuss' picture book to a feature-length film, so I quickly replied, "Quite well, actually."

Jim Carrey (Horton) and Steve Carell (the mayor of Whoville) keep parents and children laughing. Seriously, the kids were guffawing, and one time Amanda (age 10) looked over at my husband and said, "Look -- Daddy's smiling. He likes it too!"

This movie adaptation perfectly captures the whimsical Seussian world without it seeming too grim, as it sometimes does. The colors are bright and the people are delightful. The story is told with narration straight from the book (and additional narration that sounds as if it's straight from the book), interspersed seamlessly with scenes of dialogue and action.

The kids laughed (and yes, we laughed too), but the bigger themes really come through loud and clear, without being at all preachy: responsibility, the value of each person -- and as a parent -- letting your kids be who they are, not who we want them to be.

And of course there's Horton, the responsible elephant, reminding us often, "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant: an elephant's faithful 100%." Oh, how can you not just love Horton?

This is the best family film I've seen in a while.

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review by . November 15, 2008
In the middle of March, with the kids out of school   In the heat of the day, `cos the tropics aren't cool   We were watching ....enjoying the cinema's joys...   When Horton the elephant first heard the noise     When Horton stopped splashing we learned that the sound   Came not from the trees or the stones on the ground   A small shrieky voice was appealing for help   But all Horton heard was a faint little yelp.   He …
review by . April 25, 2008
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Pros: This movie has a lot of morals. Hopefully your child can figure them out.     Cons: Not too many just one at the end, of defiance.     The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend this for all children and all adults.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been reading and hearing about Dr. Seuss. But until now, we have only been able to read them through a …
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The imagination of Dr. Seuss meets the classic animation of Chuck Jones in this adaptation of one the doc's most beloved books, HORTON HEARS A WHO! Though he may be just an elephant, Horton has a magnificent power--to hear the voices that come from a tiny planet hiding inside a dust particle! Unfortunately, his fellow pachyderms just think Horton has been out in the jungle sun too long. For his own good, they steal his precious particle and, with it, the the residents of Who-ville. Can Horton rescue his microscopic friends before they bite the dust?
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