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Dr. Seuss (book)
Michael Maltese (story)
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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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Bob Clampett takes on Dr Seuss in an animated classic, 8 May 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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