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Dr. Seuss (book)
Michael Maltese (story)
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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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  (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 »
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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 »
[First lines]
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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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An improved version of the Dr. Seuss story, 1 February 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

Directed by Bob Clampett and scripted by the great Warner Brothers storyman Michael Maltese, this animated version is very faithful to the 1940 story about Horton the earnest elephant, but has a few added embellishments. Call it an irreverent version for adults.

The story begins with a lazy mother bird who longs to go on vacation. She needs to attract Horton so he'll sit on her egg for her. So she pushes her stomach upwards to give herself really big ...

Horton keeps the egg warm during a torrential storm -- that's in Seuss -- getting submerged and nearly drowning -- that's in Clampett.

Three hunters discover Horton perched on the egg and aim straight at his heart. Only in this version it's Horton's jumbo-sized posterior they actually get in their sights. In Seuss, the hunters are gentlefolk nattily done up in bowties; in Clampett, they're coiffed in a style more befitting Yosemite Sam.

Horton is captured and taken across the sea to be exhibited in New York. The sight of Horton at sea is so startling that a fish, who looks and sounds just like Peter Lorre, shoots himself in the head.

Dr. Seuss's story ends happily, with Horton returned safely to his jungle home. Clampett's story also ends happily, with Horton earning big money for promoters.

The Warners team succeeded in reproducing Dr. Seuss's distinctive artistic style but added a full range of colour to his limited palette. A couple of scenes also have what appear to be watercolour backgrounds -- very nice. A little added touch to an already beautiful-looking, one-of-a-kind cartoon.

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