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Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

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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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Horton (voice)
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Mayor (voice)
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Kangaroo (voice)
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Vlad (voice)
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Morton (voice)
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Tommy (voice)
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Sally O'Malley (voice)
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Mrs. Quilligan (voice)
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Rudy (voice)
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Miss Yelp (voice)
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JoJo (voice)
Shelby Adamowsky ...
Hedy / Hooly / Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who  »

Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Dr. Seuss's widow was unhappy with the final product that she went to a different movie studio, Illumination Entertainment, only to make The Lorax, which she loved. See more »

Goofs

In order to save the speck of dust, Horton quickly sucks up some water from the pond and swallows it. However, elephants can't drink through their noses. They use them to squirt water into their mouths when they're thirsty. Elephants also can't climb trees, stand upright, hold objects with their front feet, move their ears like hands, or talk. However, Horton is a Dr. Seuss-style elephant from a fictional world, so all these stunts are feasible. See more »

Quotes

The Mayor of Who-ville: Listen, Horton, I've gotta go. Apparently there's a problem with a giant meatball.
Horton: You just take care of that meatball sir and leave the freaking out to me.
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Referenced in The Night Before (2015) See more »

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The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
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True Telling instead of an Adaptation
10 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Third time seems to be a charm for the big screen adaptations of Dr. Seuss. Finally, the film world has gotten it write in the presentation of Horton Hears A Who. There is no added surprises to this film, unlike its predecessors The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat. The storyline follows the book almost exactly, with the extra time coming from adding detail instead of adding new events.

Jim Carey does a great job in bringing the character of Horton to live, without being completely over the top. Carol Burnett as the Sour Kangaroo brings just enough fright to her role as to not completely darken the story. The characters are brought to live with the pure intent of the Dr. Seuss without seeming fake.

This is a great film for kids, especially those who know the story very well. There are enough jokes that sneak over little heads to keep adults entertained as well.


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