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Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 March 2008 (USA)
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Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Horton (voice)
Mayor (voice)
Kangaroo (voice)
Vlad (voice)
Morton (voice)
Tommy (voice)
Sally O'Malley (voice)
Mrs. Quilligan (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Rudy (voice)
Miss Yelp (voice)
JoJo (voice)
Shelby Adamowsky ...
Hedy / Hooly / Additional Voices (voice)


One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small." Written by Griffin84

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One Elephant One World One Story See more »


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Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,012,998 (USA) (14 March 2008)


$154,529,187 (USA) (29 August 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gibberish the mayor speaks before slamming his arm into the wall is the same Steve Carrel used when he played Evan Baxter in Bruce Almighty. See more »


The mayor explains to his son that the family has been in Whoville for centuries. A few scenes later we learn that the city is planning their centennial. Actually they are celebrating their one hundred years of happiness and peace, so his family could have been there for centuries. See more »


Horton: We must become invisible, travel silently, for there are forces that would seek to destroy us.
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Referenced in Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 4 (2012) See more »


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Written by Muff & Rezz
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14 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went and saw this movie with my high school drama group, we had recently done Suessical for a school musical and I played the Mayor of Whoville, and I enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. The cast of this film did an outstanding job with the voices of the characters, Jim Carrey is most notable in my opinion. Steve Carell also did an amazing job as the Mayor of Whoville.It also has good, clean humor that is both funny and suitable for all ages. I laughed through nearly 90% of the film and I didn't see one thing that would be deemed inappropriate for someone young. This movie lives up to the legacy of the book and I don't care what age you are, you will laugh out loud and enjoy this hilarious Dr. Seuss movie.

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