At a glance
Horton Hears a Who! (2008) is an adaptation of a children book of the same name, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. It is a story about Horton the Elephant who found a microscopic community from a speck and struggles to protect it from his jungle friends who refuse to believe that it exists. One interesting fact is that the book's main theme or message is equality where "a person's a person no matter how small", was inspired by his reaction to his visit to Japan. Dr. Seuss who used to harbor strong anti-Japan sentiments before and during World War II changed his views dramatically thereafter and eventually dedicated this book to a Japanese friend.
Horton Hears a Who! Trailer
Horton Hears a Who! Synopsis
The story goes like this: Deep in the Jungle of Nool lives Horton, a goofy yet noble elephant, who hears a cry for help from a floating speck of dust that is inhabited by the microscopic city of Whoville and its hapless yet upstanding Mayor. Horton becomes an unwitting hero as he battles to protect the speck from the dangers of the jungle and his skeptical neighbors who just don’t understand at all that a person is a person no matter how small.
Horton Hears a Who! Review
The animation is so pretty and realistic, especially the flowers like dandelions and clovers but not the 2D imaginations that's going on Horton's mind, which I find it irrelevant and non-matching to the film as a whole. Nonetheless, there are still so much wit, fun and tension throughout the film which is quite pleasing and entertaining.
Other than possibly being the best Dr. Seuss adaptation, this film has one of the strongest moral and sweetest story ever. Most of the time, it is exciting, touching and inspiring. Horton the Elephant certainly have a big heart and serves as a role model to the rest in the jungle of Nool (and the rest of us too).
Who will like this?
It's difficult to brain who will not like this but most children and people who love Dr. Seuss books will certainly love this film!
PS. Katie the baby yak and Rudy the baby kangaroo are so adorable!
Details of the movie
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Producer: Bob Gordon, Bruce Anderson
Story: Dr. Seuss, Jeff Siergey
Screenplay: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: John Powell
Studio: Blue Sky Studios
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Genre: Adventure Comedy
Running time: 86 mins
Budget: USD 85,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 297,138,014 est.