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Horton The Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbours who refuse to believe it exists.

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Narrator / Horton / Dr. H. Hoovey (voice)
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Jane Kangaroo / Mother Who / Baby Who / Cindy Lou Who (voice)
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Junior Kangaroo / Various Whos / Quizmo McKwoff / JoJo (voice)
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In this story, Horton discovers there is a microscopic community of intelligent beings called the Who's living on a plant that only he can hear. Recognising the dangers they face, he resolves to keep them safe. However, the other animals around him think Horton has gone crazy thinking that there are such beings. They resolve to take action for his own good and Horton and The Who must struggle against these impossible odds to prevent a tragedy. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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19 March 1970 (USA)  »

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The Grinch makes a brief cameo appearance as one of the Whos in Whoville. See more »

Quotes

Horton: [after attempting to get the Whos to make themselves heard, which fails] Uh, you should've heard *that*, just as clear as a bell. / Everything is going to be... perfectly swell.
Jane Kangaroo: Hmph, I heard nothing, and *you* didn't either, / And as for my prodigy, *he* didn't...
Junior Kangaroo: ...Neither!
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Old Doc Hoovey
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Music by Eugene Poddany
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Performed by the MGM Chorus
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Chuck Jones and elephant sense
21 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

While some might say that "Horton Hears a Who!" was mostly a funny story for children, I notice a similarity to an earlier cartoon which Chuck Jones - who would have turned 95 today - directed: "Punch Trunk". That one portrays a tiny elephant accidentally ending up in a major city, and anyone who sees it is considered insane (though it really does exist in the cartoon). In this cartoon, Horton befriends the microscopic citizens of Whoville but everyone else considers him crazy. Not only do both stories involve elephants, but they both depict beings which most individuals would probably never imagine existing but really do exist (in the cartoons, that is). What to make of this? Maybe I'm reading too far into the cartoon. Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones probably intended for the story to mostly be entertainment for children, and it is quite enjoyable. I recommend it.


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