Horton Hears a Who! (1970)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Narrator / Horton / Dr. H. Hoovey (voice)
Jane Kangaroo / Mother Who / Baby Who / Cindy Lou Who (voice)
Junior Kangaroo / Various Whos / Quizmo McKwoff / JoJo (voice)


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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Release Date:

19 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das sprechende Staubkorn  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)



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1.33 : 1
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The Grinch makes a brief cameo appearance as one of the Whos in Whoville. See more »


Horton: But, this is incredible. What are you, anyhow?
Dr. Hoovey: Not what, sir. I'm a Who.
Horton: A Who? You're a Who?
Dr. Hoovey: Yes, a Who. Uh, W-H-O. Who. I live here in Who-ville.
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Wickersham Brothers' Song
Music by Eugene Poddany
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Performed by the Mellomen
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12 December 2005 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Growing up in the '70s, I had vague, but favorable memories of animation like "Horton Hears a Who", "The Lorax", "Dr. Seuss on the Loose (the Sneetches)", and "Rikki Tikki Tavi". After having children of my own, I took up the mission of finding, acquiring and viewing these films with my kids. I discovered all of these children's books converted to animation withstood the test of time and were loved by my boys as much as they were by me (maybe it's a male thing).

These cartoons had two things that 21st century remakes (e.g. Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") don't have: 1.) they respected the original but built upon it (Dr. Seuss/Ted Geisel and Chuck Jones complement each other with their own unique contributions); and, 2.) they focused on well-founded ethical points that many films today lack. Writers and directors today could learn something from these animated features. Namely, when producing films targeted at children and their parents (e.g. "Shrek 2"), subtlety, and a good story beats ostentatious effects and double entendre wisecracks any day.

My intent is neither to trash the remakes that are ubiquitous in Hollywood (I liked "Shrek", "Shrek 2" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), nor is it to wallow in the nostalgia of my childhood. It simply is my opinion that these old cartoons deserve a second look. If you enjoy illustrated entertainment like comics, children's books and cartoons you (and your kids) will enjoy "Horton Hears a Who".

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