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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Horton (voice)
Steve Carell ... Mayor (voice)
Carol Burnett ... Kangaroo (voice)
Will Arnett ... Vlad (voice)
Seth Rogen ... Morton (voice)
Dan Fogler ... Councilman / Yummo Wickersham (voice)
Isla Fisher ... Dr. Mary Lou Larue (voice)
Jonah Hill ... Tommy (voice)
Amy Poehler ... Sally O'Malley (voice)
Jaime Pressly ... Mrs. Quilligan (voice)
Charles Osgood ... Narrator (voice)
Josh Flitter ... Rudy (voice)
Niecy Nash ... Miss Yelp (voice)
Jesse McCartney ... JoJo (voice)
Shelby Adamowsky 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,012,998, 16 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$154,529,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$297,138,014
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Trivia

The Mayor receives a goldfish in a fishbowl from a Who who looks remarkably like the Cat In The Hat (he is only seen twice, briefly - once from behind, and later from a distance - and his hat has blue stripes instead of red). Later, just before the first attack by Vlad, the Mayor is resuscitating the fish. When the fish lands back in his bowl, he leans on the side of the bowl just like the goldfish in The Cat In The Hat. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Horton: This looks kinda... precarious. Well nothing to worry, obviously when they build a bridge like this they take into account that elephants will be crossing here.
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During the credits, the cast is singing "Can't Fight This Feeling". See more »

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References The Lorax (1972) See more »

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The Blue Danube
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
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Fast-paced and touching step up for Blue Sky
21 March 2008 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

I guess it wouldn't be remiss if I've approached "Horton Hears a Who!" with some reservations as the trailers were anything but something to be excited about. Had it not been for the Whos and the Dr. Seuss tag that comes with the title, this latest computer-animated film from the "Ice Age" team would come off as yet another animal-on-a-mission flick straight from the assembly line. And films adapted from one of Dr. Seuss' books haven't been as successful as when they were in print, to put it lightly.

A relatively neutered Jim Carrey provides the voice for Horton, an elephant who hears a voice from a floating speck and discovers that there are people actually living in it in a place called Who-ville. Called the Whos, these people have a Mayor (voiced by an also-neutered Steve Carrell) who has 96 daughters and a son who won't speak. It's up to Horton to find a safe place for the speck to save Who-ville from destruction, even as the well-meaning pachyderm has to avoid all sorts of obstacles, including Sour Kangaroo, Vlad the Vulture, the Wickersham brothers, and other metaphors of McCarthyism.

As usual with such a thin material, the film has the obligatory additional scenes to pad the running time but all in all, it captures the spirit of its source, and it's a case where a G-rated film provides entertainment both to kids and their older companions as well. (I would have said "a rare case" but in this country, the G-rating is applied more liberally by the local censor board.) The animation is consistently good and a Japanese-inspired traditional animation does not feel out of place from the overall enjoyment material. The voice cast, according to the credits, involves some relatively big names, but other than Carrey and Carrell, none of the actors take attention from their characters and thus do not distract.

Fast-paced and touching, "Horton Hears a Who!" represents a step up for Blue Sky Studios, who has played supporting roles to Pixar and Dreamworks. I'm tempted to say that it's the best Dr. Seuss film adaptation ever, but that won't be saying much considering the other films involved. So maybe I'll just say it's one of the best animated films, which is anyway true.


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