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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 »

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Narrator: So, poor Horton sat there the whole winter through, and then came the springtime with troubles anew. His friends gathered around, and they shouted with glee.
Mouse: Look, Horton the Elephant's up in a tree!
Narrator: They taunted, they teased him, they yelled.
Various: How Absurd! Blimey, Horton the Elephant thinks he's a bird!
Narrator: They laughed, and they laughed, and they all ran away. And Horton was lonely, he wanted to play, but he sat on the egg and continued to say...
Horton: I meant what I said,
[he makes his tears go back in]
Horton: ...
[...]
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Edited into The Best of Dr. Seuss (2000) See more »

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My Isle of Golden Dreams
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Music by Walter Blaufuss
Played when Maisie is lying on the beach
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Bird impersonates Katharine Hepburn and a fish resembles Peter Lorre; you don't see this every day!
11 November 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Bob Clampett's version of Dr. Seuss's "Horton Hatches the Egg" was the first cinematic adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book. And a good one at that. While it does change a few small things, it mostly stays faithful (like Horton is 100%). Oh, and just in case you operate under the assumption that this is just cute stuff for children: Michael Maltese, in his screenplay, also threw in a some things that moviegoers in 1942 would have understood but 21st century tykes probably won't get (including a brief instance of mild sexuality on the bird's part; look what she does to attract Horton's attention!).

I definitely recommend this cartoon. Clampett doesn't make quite as much use of contortion as he does in some of his more famous cartoons, but he still pulls off some fine work. The combination of talent from Seuss and Clampett should identify that you're in for something neat.

This was one of the many Warner Bros. cartoons released before 1948 that lost its opening credits in the Blue Ribbon reissue.


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