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Horton Hears a Who! (1970)

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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18 March 1970 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Tho Whos: [singing] The world is a-sittin' on an elephant's nose
Cindy Lou Who: What's a elephant?
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Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Love Blactually (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Kind to Your Small Person Friends
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Music by Eugene Poddany and John Philip Sousa
Lyrics by Dr. Seuss
Performed by the MGM Chorus
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A much underrated classic.
16 July 2004 | by (Karachi, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones and Theodore Geisel teamed up to produce the animated adaptation of Geisel's classic Horton Hears a Who! (why does the title always end in an exclamation mark?), as they did earlier for How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Horton's story is just as good as the Grinch's, with wonderful animation by Jones, and excellent lyrics by Dr. Suess (aka Geisel). Horton Hears a Who! has a moral: a BIG one. It deals with the concept of free speech, and how no one should believe they are the center of the universe and are the ones that REALLY matter, let alone that there is no one else at all. Both Dr. Hoovey and Horton are condemned as quacks just because they are not, like the rest of the community, self-centered morons. This in itself is a wonderful short story. But if you combine it with excellent lyrics and unbeatable animation, you have captured the essence of Horton Hears a Who! What really baffles me is that this masterpiece is so unappreciated as to be mentioned in a four-line paragraph at the back of a video with The Grinch as the feature. This "supplement" is just as good as How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


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