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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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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  »

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$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 »


At the end, everyone manages to confront Horton and somehow manage to get to him even though he destroyed a bridge earlier in the film and it was the only way to get across. See more »


The Mayor of Who-ville: Horton is a giant elephant in the sky!
[Everyone looks up]
The Mayor of Who-ville: . Don't bother looking, he's invisible.
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Very cute and so much fun! Dr. Suess would be proud
14 March 2008 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I saw the first teaser trailer for Horton Hears a Who a few months ago, and I have to say that it was a little off putting, it looked kind of strange and like it might be another Cat in the Hat lousy movie, but then they started advertising it a little more and it looked more cute. So I decided to check the film out today and I am really impressed, so far I'd say this is the best animated film of 2008 that I've seen. I remember reading the book as a child, it's one of my old time favorite's, you could never go wrong with Dr. Suess. When it comes to his films being put up on the silver screen, excluding the 40 minute cartoon classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, other films like The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat have been ultimate flops and horrible. But Horton Hears a Who proves otherwise and is a wonderful film to watch.

Horton is an elephant just enjoying life, he's a teacher and is loved very much by the little animals of the jungle. But his life is about to change when he sees a little speck and saves it, inside this speck is a little town of Whoville. The mayor of Whoville has asked Horton to take them to a safe place before his town is destroyed. Seems like an easy enough task for Horton, until an angry mother, Kangaroo, feels like Horton and his speck are a bad influence amongst the children, and wishes to destroy the speck and trap Horton.

Horton Hears a Who is such a wonderful film. For a book that you can finish in half an hour, they did a great job filling in other lines and such great jokes. The great thing is there is no pop culture or over the top jokes, they just go old school and make this film fun and original. The actors seemed like they just had a great time getting into character, Steve Carell and Jim Carrey are a brilliant combination, so their voices added a lot to the film. The animation was clever and colorful, it was a joy to watch. I very much recommend Horton Hears a Who, it's a terrific family film and just a fun movie to watch for the afternoon, I think Dr. Suess would be very proud too.


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