Horton Hears a Who
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With his signature evocative and rhyming text, writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss, an American treasure whose books have delighted generations of young people, opens one of his most beloved tales, Horton Hears a Who! Now, over fifty years since Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, published this perennial favorite, the makers of ICE AGE and comedy giants Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, bring it to life in a way never before experienced. For the first time, a motion picture transports audiences into Dr. Seuss' incredible imagination, through state-of-the-art CG animation. DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! is Seuss as you want to experience his work at the movies - and as it was meant to be seen.
Dr. Seuss's classic 1954 book Horton Hears a Who has entertained generations of children and served as the inspiration for a 26-minute, 1970 television special Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who and the 2000 Broadway musical Seussical: The Musical. This 2008, full-length animated movie features the voice talents of Jim Carrey as Horton, Steve Carrell as the Mayor of Whoville, Carol Burnett as the Kangaroo, and Jesse McCartney as JoJo and promises to delight a whole new generation of children and their parents and grandparents. The technological wonders of computer animation have allowed 20th Century Fox Animation to bring to life the wacky, colorful Whoville with its minute inhabitants and the lush Jungle of Nool with its host of distinctive animals and the result is a rich, fantastical world of wonder worthy of Dr. Seuss' own imagination. All the major plot elements of Dr. Seuss' book are present, with Horton hearing the faint cry for help from a tiny dust speck atop a small clover and doing his best to protect the inhabitants of that small civilization of Whoville despite the disbelief, disdain, and persecution of his fellow animals. The feel of Dr. Seuss' original rhyming prose is partially preserved in the sparse narration by Charles Osgood that's interspersed throughout the film's dialogue and the overarching themes of staying true to one's convictions and the celebration of the power of perseverance, imagination, and kindness come through loud and clear. Horton Hears a Who is a fun rendering of a classic Dr. Seuss story that's sure to entertain viewers of all ages. --Tami Horiuchi
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much within the tone of the story.
My Big Gripe in the main film is the "anime" sequence, but since they kept that in because in test runs they had kids spurt soda out their nose, I guess that seems a suitably whimsical reason to keep it in, if somewhat anachronistic.
The Audio Stories ( In the Gift set only, although you can buy the longer set of these stories elsewhere) is excellent, as an adult who bought the items for myself, I still love them. And Horton as a Plush Toy is superb. The Packaging is just brilliant as well.
The DVD has been done well( the Double DVD), and the commentary is excellent and does not make you feel like you are in film school. The extras are pretty much mostly good, except for some of the preachy stuff, but I guess if the film has a point then the preachy extras have a point too, so thats the reason for them being there.
We read the book first and then watched the movie. There are differences and more details in movie than the book, as you would expect. It stays pretty true to the original story.
I have to deduct one star for the DVD as the two disc special edition is really a one disc edition with a digital copy being the only feature on the second disc. For the purchase price, this is ridiulous! I had problems with the movie disc playing in my DVD player, I had the same problem with the WALL E three disc edition and had to buy three copies before finding one that would work properly.
This story is a clever parable about making rules to control the behavior of others, about closed mindedness, about home-schooling and fear of empowering children's imaginations, and about the dangers of living with blinders in a society where the worst seems impossible (makes me think of the global warming deniers).
Jim Carey is very believable as Horton.
I wonder when we are going to get "Horton Hatches an Egg" which is one of my childhood favorites.