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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

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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?


Audrey Guisel, Dr Seuss wife, is an executive producer for this film. See more »


At breakfast, when it's Jo-Jo's turn with his dad, 12 seconds start on the clock, but when the mayor starts showing Jo-Jo all the perks about being mayor, the clock goes back to 12 seconds left when it should be at 5 seconds left. See more »


Tommy: We won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone.
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Written and Performed by Gilberto Candido
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Knock knock, whos are there
14 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's interesting to see a pretty big creature like Horton concerned with protecting the tiniest creatures of all...even if the others in the jungle of Nool may not believe that's he's right about all those tiny people on the speck (well, maybe Rudy, the Sour Kangaroo's son, may think he could be right...)

Lovable characters like Horton, who can be serious at times (and is truly determined) but also wild-and-crazy, full of imagination and whimsy. Like the mayor, who is determined to protect his city from the dangers they're now being exposed to (who will protect the protector? "A giant elephant, up in the sky!... Don't bother to look, he's invisible...")

Had to admit a tear--of joy--rolled down my cheek at the end. Highly recommended! The look of the film is visually stunning, and a good voice cast (CBS Radio's Charles Osgood narrates; the mayor and his wife are Steve Carrell and Amy Poehler, and Jim Carrey of course is Horton. Carol Burnett plays the sour Kangaroo. And Jesse McCartney voices JoJo, and let's just say he didn't have too many lines to remember :)

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