Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

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Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • Time: 88 min
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
  • Directors: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett

Storyline:

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 with creatures and he decides to leave Whoville in a safe place. However, the evil Kangaroo does not believe Horton’s story and thinks he’s dangerous for the children of Nool, making them believe in what they cannot see, hear, or feel, and incites the animals against Horton.

One review

  • Dr Seuss’s story is brought to the big screen with respect, truthfulness and heart. That’s what makes the whole movie such a joy.

    Steve Carell and Jim Carry, who are well known for their over-the-top performances, are very restrained in their performances, very sweet in their roles, their voices really at the service of the story and their characters – Carel as the bullied Major of Who, and Carrey as the good-hearted elephant from the jungle of Nool. Carol Burnett is also great as the Kangaroo, matter-of-fact creature completely closed to anything that is not facts and rules.

    The animation is not as spectacular as other modern animated films, but some parts of it really shine. Especially great are the facial expression and body language of the characters, the attention to the detail in the creation of the family of the Major, the architecture of Who world, and the visual creation of some characters. My favorite were the creepy fluffy yellow Katie, and pathetic vulture. My favorite scene is perhaps the one with Horton is searching for his lost speckled world in a field of pink of thousands cloves, which I found truly magic.

    However, what makes of this movie what it is, is not the animation, but Dr Seuss’s story, which is universal, timeless, simple and complex at the same time: A person is a person no matter how small. Stand for what you believe. Believe in what you don’t hear or see. The world is more than yourself and more of what you see. What you do has a direct effect on other people. Reality is not always full of reason. So many life messages for the little ones embedded in such a fun story.

    Heart-warming and charming for both children and adults. Dr Seuss would feel proud.

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