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      Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

      2008, Kids & family/Adventure, 1h 28m

      136 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      Horton Hears A Who! is both whimsical and heartwarming, and is the rare Dr. Seuss adaptation that stays true to the spirit of the source material. Read critic reviews

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      Animated elephant Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the speck, Horton discovers the tiny city of Who-ville and its residents, the Whos, which he can hear but cannot see. Horton forms a friendship with the mayor of Who-ville, Ned McDodd (Steve Carell), and promises to transport Who-ville to safety. However, Horton encounters opposition from his jungle neighbors, who don't want to believe in the existence of Who-ville.

      • Rating: G

      • Genre: Kids & family, Adventure, Animation

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino

      • Producer: Bob Gordon

      • Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $154.5M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: 20th Century Fox

      • Production Co: Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jim Carrey
      Steve Carell
      Amy Poehler
      Isla Fisher
      Dan Fogler
      Will Arnett
      Seth Rogen
      Jonah Hill
      Carol Burnett
      Jaime Pressly
      Laura Ortiz
      Josh Flitter
      Joey King
      Cinco Paul
      Ken Daurio
      Audrey Geisel
      Chris Wedge
      Christopher Meledandri

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      • May 18, 2013

        I commend Dr. Seuss for his creative writing that intertwines silly and ingenious rhyming with a heartfelt message and story. In Hollywood, you can't just let talent like that be untouched, so what's Hollywood gonna do? They've gotta transform his book into a movie, and you know what? Surprisingly, this animated adaptation stays true to the source material... to an extent. Let's set this on a scale: the movie's an hour and 26 minutes long while the masterfully written counterpart hits less than 50 pages. An adaptation of the book would hit a mere 20 minutes. So, to prolong the running time, the creators of the adaptation decided to bring on additional writers to fill in the gaps. Let's say this: these writers hardly compare to Dr. Seuss. It's the same old "MTV-esque" jokes and pop culture references thrown in just so kids could get a quick laugh. Don't get me wrong though, the movie follows the same twists and turns as the book, but in between those turns are prolonged sequences of average dialogue. And the quality of this dialogue sticks out like a sore thumb especially when the film itself has sequences of Dr. Seuss' own writing within the mix. As you can see, there's two jarringly different types of dialogue within the film: one is witty, sharp, and smooth while the other is like any other average everyday type of banter. It gives the entire film an inconsistent tone. The original story had an incredibly pure and powerful message that was both direct and deeply moving. Fortunately, Hollywood didn't strip it out, but because of these tonal inconsistencies, by the time the film reveals its message, it isn't as powerful. As a matter of fact, even the 1970 TV adaptation of "Horton Hears a Who" executes its message and story more cohesively than this film. All in all, Dr. Seuss' writing was so creative and influential that in fact, it brings out the rough edges to what may seem like Hollywood's attempt to revive a "non-relatable children's book", when in fact, the original children's book is the best version of the story. But, there's no doubt that if you haven't even touched the original story, this version'll suffice.

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      • Mar 24, 2012

        Dr seuss is a genius!

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      • Dec 02, 2011

        Funny and cute for kids. After a fun and nice elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a clover with a speck on it because he heard a voice on it, he discovers a entire city of Whos live on that speck, and the stressed but kind and happy Mayor (Steve Carell). Horton must put the clover on top of a mountain to save the Whos, but only if the unapproving and mean Kangaroo doesnt stop him first. The story is for kids and they will have Jim Carrey and Steve Carell have a very nice charming voice to there characters. Overall I found it funny and nice, but maybe too kiddish for me.

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      • Nov 26, 2011

        Sometimes silly, but this Dr. Seuss adaptation brings a emotional and powerful message that fascinate children and adults.

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