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Dr. Seuss (book)
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Release Date:
11 April 1942 (USA) See more »
Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Bird impersonates Katharine Hepburn and a fish resembles Peter Lorre; you don't see this every day! See more (7 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)
Sara Berner ... Maysie / Baby (voice) (uncredited)

Mel Blanc ... Mouse / Hunters / Audience Member (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clampett ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ... Horton / Peter Lorre Fish (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Clampett 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Maltese  story
Dr. Seuss  book

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Henry Binder .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
A.C. Gamer .... effects animator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Robert McKimson .... animator
Warren Batchelder .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Izzy Ellis .... animator (uncredited)
Earl Klein .... layout artist (uncredited)
Lou Lilly .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Thomas McKimson .... animator (uncredited)
Bill Melendez .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Phil Monroe .... animator (uncredited)
Bob North .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Virgil Ross .... animator (uncredited)
Rod Scribner .... animator (uncredited)
Richard H. Thomas .... background artist (uncredited)
Cornett Wood .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Additional Details

10 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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:Horton Hatches the Egg. Now once in a jungle, or so the tale goes, there lived a strange bird that most everyone knows. Her name, it was Maysie. She was mean as could be, and never seemed happy while up in her tree. Sighed Mayzie, this lazy bird hatching her egg...
Maysie:I'm tired and I'm bored and I've kinks in my leg from sitting, just sitting here day after day. It's work, how I hate it. I'd much rather play. If I could find someone, I'd fly away free.
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Bird impersonates Katharine Hepburn and a fish resembles Peter Lorre; you don't see this every day!, 11 November 2008
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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