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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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Green eggs (from "Green Eggs and Ham") are briefly seen during The Mayor and his 97 kids' breakfast. See more »


When we first see Jo-Jo, the narrator introduced him as "the smallest Who of all." But seconds later one of his little sisters appears in the same shot and she is clearly smaller than he is. This is because the sister is a baby and therefore supposed to be smaller then Jo-Jo. The term "smallest Who of all" could be a reference to him being small then other Whos his own age (as shown in a deleted scene). See more »


Rudy: Mom, Mom! Please, you are so weird, don't do this to me.
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A Person Is a Person No Matter How Small
5 October 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the jungle of Nool, the elephant Horton hears a voice in a speck; he uses a clover to rescue the speck of dust and he makes contact with the Mayor of Whoville. Horton discovers that in that tiny speck there is a city crowded of people and he decides to leave Whoville in a safe place. However, the evil Kangaroo does not believe in his words and finds Horton dangerous for the children of Nool, making them believe in what they can not see, hear or feel, and incites the animals against Horton.

With the message "A Person Is a Person No Matter How Small", "Horton Hears a Who!" is a lesson of respect and rights of the minorities through hilarious situations. The animation is awesome, the characters are nice and I liked this great family entertainment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Horton e o Mundo dos Quem!" ("Horton and the World of Who!")

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