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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. Coincidentally, Maisie happen to fly 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: Sold to a circus, then week after week, they showed him for people with 10 cents a peek. Poor Horton grew sadder as days came and went. But he said as he sat in that hot noisy tent...
Horton: I meant what I said, and I said what I meant.
[He gets the sweat off his face]
Horton: An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent.
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Referenced in Horton Hears a Who! (2008) See more »

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The Hut-Sut Song
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Written by Leo Killion, Ted McMichael, and Jack Owens
Sung by Horton toward the beginning and at the end
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Bob Clampett takes on Dr Seuss in an animated classic
8 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dr Seuss was one of my childhood favourite authors(and I still hold a lot of fondness for them) and Bob Clampett was one of the best and most unique animation directors. Combining the two together seemed like a match made in heaven, and this is something that translates just as well on screen. I am glad that there are others who hold Horton Hatches the Egg, and I wish it was better known because of all the animated cartoons/specials there is of Dr Seuss' work(the granddaddy of them all being How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Horton Hatches the Egg is among the best ones. The animation is beautifully drawn and brightly coloured, you have got to love the Peter Lorre fish, that was genius. Clampett even brings his own edge to it while still remaining faithful to Dr Seuss' style, which I really liked. The music is whimsical and upbeat both in the incidental scoring and the ditties, while the dialogue and rhymes are as catchy and witty as ever, again having that Clampett edge while still feeling and sounding like Dr Seuss. The story and characters are always engaging, there is a great deal of charm and heart and often it is hugely funny too. The voice work is just great. In conclusion, a classic that deserves better recognition. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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