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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 . 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 . 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 . 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
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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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