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Horton Hears a Who!

A movie directed by Chuck Jones

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Horton hatches a hit

  • Nov 15, 2008
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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 heard it because of the size of his ear
So big and so wide and he knew it was clear
That the scream was attached to a speck in the air

We know from the tales that the scientists tell
That no speck of dust should be able to yell
So Horton the elephant quickly worked out
That some tiny creature was shouting the shout
A creature too small to be seen with the eyes
With a voice that belied its diminutive size

So sweet gentle Horton he rescued that speck
He placed it in clover, a small golden fleck
He pledged his protection, because after all
A person's a person no matter how small

Perhaps Horton bit off MORE than he could chew
When he crossed with the likes of the sour kangaroo
Who rallied the animals to go get the clover
To end his delusional rant, and moreover
To stop him corrupting the minds of our young
(This kangaroo chick was just too highly strung)

If you've read the story you know how it ends
It's good to have faith in the strength of your friends
There's no need to touch, or to see or to hear
To believe that there just may be people out there
Who'll stand by your side no matter the weather
And prove that we CAN make things happen together

It varies a little from Seuss's long verse
But watching the film, well, they could have done worse
The anime bit was a little bit weird
And the moldy old vulture had some kiddies scared
Carrey and Carrel and Carol are fine
But I don't think this movie is top of the line
I'll give it a rating of 4 - pretty cool
For this Seussian tale from the jungle of Nool.

Amanda Richards

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review by . December 15, 2009
The message behind this one is great, driven in and kept fun. A great movie based on the story by Suess, a favorite of my kids and now a favorite movie of theirs. While they already had this one I did pick another copy up for my neice for X-mas. Recommended to kids and Suess lovers everywhere!
review by . February 12, 2009
I last read this Dr. Seuss story in elementary school, and have forgotten all but the basic premise. So I went into watching this movie with no expectations as to story or execution. I was happily surprised. The story moved briskly, the dialogue was great, the animation was flawless, and every scene was full of eye candy. The soundtrack was upbeat orchestral music, and mirrored the mood of each scene. Probably the best was the comedy; neither ridiculous nor slapstick, it is original, zany and unforced. …
review by . December 21, 2008
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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 …
review by . September 21, 2008
Let's be honest for a second, when you have three of the biggest comic actors come together in an animated feature, it was destined to be funny. For an animated Dr. Seuss adaptation, this is not just funny but damned hysterical and one of the best CG animated features to date. In recent years, the Dr. Seuss films haven't exactly delivered as expected so I think most people weren't expecting much, but honestly it's really great.    The story focuses around Horton the Elephant …
review by . April 25, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
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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