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

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Directors:
Chuck Jones
Ben Washam (co-director)
Writer:
Dr. Seuss (teleplay)
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Release Date:
19 March 1970 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Horton The Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbours who refuse to believe it exists. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Strange Message Hidden in a Children's Tale See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Hans Conried ... Narrator / Horton / Dr. H. Hoovey (voice)

June Foray ... Jane Kangaroo / Mother Who / Baby Who / Cindy Lou Who (voice)

Chuck Jones ... Junior Kangaroo / Various Whos / Quizmo McKwoff / JoJo (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Wickersham Brother (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chuck Jones 
Ben Washam (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Dr. Seuss (teleplay)

Produced by
Chuck Jones .... producer
Dr. Seuss .... producer (as Ted Geisel)
 
Original Music by
Eugene Poddany 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Faris 
 
Production Design by
Maurice Noble 
 
Production Management
Earl Jonas .... production manager
 
Art Department
Don Foster .... graphics
Chuck Jones .... storyboard artist
Bob Ogle .... storyboard artist
 
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... animator
Carl Bell .... animator
Philip DeGuard .... background artist
Angel Esparza .... background artist
Don Morgan .... layout artist
George Nicholas .... animator
Tom Ray .... animator
Phil Roman .... animator (as Philip Roman)
Irven Spence .... animator (as Irv Spence)
Richard Thompson .... animator (as Dick Thompson)
Ben Washam .... animator
Irv Wyner .... background artist
 
Music Department
Eugene Poddany .... conductor
Eugene Poddany .... songs: music by
Dr. Seuss .... songs: lyrics by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
26 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Grinch makes a brief cameo appearance as one of the Whos in Whoville.See more »
Quotes:
Jane Kangaroo:Hmph!
Narrator:It was Jane Kangaroo, and the small kangaroo in her pouch said:
Junior Kangaroo:Hmph, too!
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Soundtrack:
Dr. Hoovey, You Were RightSee more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Strange Message Hidden in a Children's Tale, 28 December 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Horton the Elephant discovers the Whos, a race of people who live entirely on a speck of dust and know nothing of the outside world. His jungle friends don't believe him and turn against Horton, eventually threatening to boil the dust speck in beezlenut oil.

There are at least three layers to this film. On the most superficial level, it's a cartoon featuring an elephant, some little people and a handful of catchy songs that kids and parents will love. This is what you'd get if you weren't following along at all, and you'd still have a good movie.

On the next level, we have the film's core message: a person's a person, no matter how small. This is what most people will walk away with, and the intent is clear: we're all created equally. Whether Suess was focusing on race, gender, physical stature or handicap is unclear... but we get the point -- each of us is human, even if we're different.

The third level is a bit convoluted and I'm not entirely sure I grasp it. The Wickersham brothers accuse Horton of trying to create civil unrest. Here we may see parallels to the events of the 1960s. The Wickersham brothers want to protect "free enterprise" and "compound interest rates" and hope to stop Horton from overthrowing the government. I'm not really sure how that relates to a dust speck... this seems a cheap attempt at attacking extreme right-wingers (such as Joseph McCarthy).

So, you'll like the first and second levels... and the third one just might leave you scratching your head. Or, if you're me, liking it even more. I mean, politics is in no way foreign to Suess -- watch (or read) "The Butter Battle Book" or "The Sneeches" or "The Lorax"...

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