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Horton Hears a Who!

A movie directed by Chuck Jones

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  • Sep 21, 2008
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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 (Jim Carrey) who comes across a speck on a clover, on that speck is whoville and run by its Mayor (Steve Carell) who everybody in whoville thinks is crazy, he also struggles to get through to his only son JoJo. Horton promises the mayor that he will have the speck put in the safest place possible but something gets in his way, Kangaroo who's the snootiest of them all and enforces every rule. She thinks Horton is crazy and he's disrupting the children so she goes out of her way to stop Horton.

The CGI is really interesting as it's very cartoony in style to keep the Seuss feel, yet at the same time holds a level of authenticity that both blend together very well indeed. The whole concept of the film, although I'm sure it wasn't intentional is actually quite interesting. I'm not talking about our planet being in the trunk of an Elephant, but the whole possibility of there being something much much larger than our world operating in exactly the same way we do. Our planet is merely a speck in the vastness of our universe, what makes it so impossible that we are a world within a world? I know, I'm getting all philosophical so I'll leave it there, but you know what I mean.

The comedy is quite slapstick in style as Horton finds himself in quite awkward situations along his quest to get whoville to safety. Within whoville the mayor finds himself in unusual capers to convince whoville of Hortons existence and getting to know his son JoJo. One of the more comical scenes in the entire film is the bridge crossing scene. Horton is trying to cross a rickety bridge which is very unlikely to support him and it causes quakes in whoville. The mayor is in the dentists and a shake leads to the dentist poking him in the arm with a numbing needle which is actually really funny.

An overall awesome film which is something for all the family.

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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
posted in Movie Hype
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 . 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
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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