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Horton Hatches the Egg (1942)

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Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faith- fully through rain and snow, Horton ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Maysie / Baby (voice) (uncredited)
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Mouse / Hunters / Audience Member (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clampett ...
Various (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ...
Horton / Peter Lorre Fish (voice) (uncredited)
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Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faith- fully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus. Maisie happens by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Horton give it back to her. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Peter Lorre was a favorite characterization for the famed Warner Bros. cartoonists, as he tangled several times with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He was also portrayed as a fish in a Dr. Seuss Warner Bros. cartoon, Horton Hatches the Egg (1942). See more »

Quotes

Maysie: My gracious!
Narrator: Gasped Maysie.
Maysie: I've seen you before.
Narrator: Poor Horton looked up with his face white as chalk. He started to speak, but before he could talk, the rang out to noises and the ear splitting squeaks from the egg that he sat on for 51 weeks.
Horton: My egg!
Narrator: Horton gasped.
Horton: My egg, why. It's hatching!
Maysie: But, it's mine!
Narrator: Screamed the bird when she hearted the egg crack.
Maysie: [whispering to the audience] The work is all done now, I want it back! Haha!
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It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight
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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played at the beginning of the circus sequence
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hatches the Egg is an excellent Bob Clampett cartoon
27 December 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This afternoon while I was waiting for Enchanted to begin, there was a preview for the new computer-animated feature, Horton Hears a Who? with the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell. After going home and checking out the Cartoons, Model Sheets, and Stuff blog, I discovered the presence of another Horton tale from Dr. Seuss that I remembered from childhood called Horton Hatches the Egg that became a Warner Bros.-Bob Clampett cartoon. Anyone who's read HHtE will be glad to see how faithfully Bob adapted both the story and drawings to his short while adding some of his own gags and a ditty called "The Hut-Hut Song". One of those gags had a fish that looks like Peter Lorre and as he sees the elephant sitting on an egg on a tree in a boat moving in the sea for the circus, well...Oh, watch the cartoon. And kudos to Mr. Clampett for making such a wonderful Dr. Seuss animated cartoon. The Cartoons, Model Sheets, and Stuff blog linked this from Daily Motion.


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