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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 28

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.

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 7

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.

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Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

Dec 9, 2008

$154.4M

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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (28) | DVD (11)

The animation's ok. I didn't like Jim Carrey. I thought he was a distraction.

March 17, 2008 | Comments (11)
Ebert & Roeper
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The sad thing is that this Horton doesn't stick by its central message -- that every voice counts -- the way Horton sticks to the Whos. It pretends to, but the sincerity is just too scary to commit to fully.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (5)
Los Angeles Times
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The team behind Ice Age capture the Seussian visuals without squishing emotions or squelching the sing-songy language. Listen closely: It's the sound of a million Who fans cheering.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Frequently charming, beautifully drawn and far more faithful in spirit to the source material than those dreadful Ron Howard-Brian Grazer productions.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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And a motto moguls should take some time learning, if they'd like their movies to finally be earning, for it's not the cash that makes a prize of the art, but the warmth of the tale, and the size of the heart.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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This new Horton 'toon may be state of the art. But it's great virtue isn't the 3-D animation. It's the good Doctor, whose writing about Whos never goes out of style.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Hollywood has finally found the key to bringing a Seuss story satisfactorily to life.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

A frequently beguiling fantasy packed with ticklish sights and vocals

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Horton started as a book, less that 40 pages long. To make it a feature seems just a little bit wrong. The magic of Seuss isn't quite there. It's got the look but it's missing some flair.

December 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

Taking on Seuss has proven a challenge for Hollywood, but a nice balance has been struck here between authenticity and new ideas. This one's a winner.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Horton Hears a Who! -- Dr. Seuss' imagination never goes out of style.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

What is most remarkable about this film is the fidelity it retains to Seuss' work and intentions.

December 10, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Lovely and only marred by a slightly sagging middle and a gratuitous, tacked on pop song finale.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Even if Horton's world can't shine like Whoville, this movie's visuals keeps things vivid, while digital animation is so often crisp, precise, and cold.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The movie is sweet, but not really memorable.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Earth, as Robert Frost thought, might be the right place for love, but television is certainly the right place for Dr. Seuss.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Sygkratimeno kai petyhimeno hioymor demeno me to eggyimeno ap' tin ypografi ton dimioyrgon toy Ice Age (2002) animation, to Horton Hears a Who den proorizetai pantheon, alla apotelei toylahiston aksiologotati epilogi kyrios (alla ohi apokleistika) gia nea

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Adds a manic spin that strains to convey far too many moral messages while overloading the film with wacky action.

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The metaphysical angle is too awkward: Horton comes off like a Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

after the overcooked live action Grinch and nauseating Cat In The Hat, Hollywood has finally served up a tasty adaptation of Dr. Seuss.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week | Comments (2)

Perfect for children, for adults not so much.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Teeters throughout at that juncture between masterpiece and piffle.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

[The filmmakers] capture the whimsy of Seuss' drawings and add a nice tactile feel.

March 28, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

A mediocre movie's a mediocre movie, no matter how overhyped, overblown and overbearing.

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comments (3)
Creative Loafing

Succeeds where previous Dr. Seuss adaptations have fallen short, most notably by using animation -- fluid, elastic, genuinely Seussian animation -- to tell the story.

March 23, 2008 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Despite the stretch of adapting Horton's tale to a feature movie, Dr. Seuss' original story and the worlds he created, plus some particularly winning characters, put Horton Hears A Who! over the top.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

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.
May 19, 2013
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Great animation about an elephant called Horton who hears the Whos calling for help. They live in a speck on a clover.
February 16, 2013
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Dr seuss is a genius!
March 24, 2012
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

Sometimes silly, but this Dr. Seuss adaptation brings a emotional and powerful message that fascinate children and adults.
November 26, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

    1. Horton: Hello!
    2. Mayor: Hello?
    3. Horton: I don't know exactly how to tell you this, but you're living on a speck.
    4. Mayor: Seriously, who is this? Is this Burt from accounting?
    – Submitted by Darion D (7 months ago)
    1. Horton: And even though you can't hear or see them at all, a person's a person, no matter how small.
    – Submitted by David L (17 months ago)
    1. Katie: In my world, everyone's a pony, and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.
    2. Horton: That's beautiful Katie... in a really weird way.
    – Submitted by Jamie I (2 years ago)
    1. Morton: The kangaroo has gone mad. She's telling everyone that you think there are people living on specks. She even went to Vlad!
    2. Horton: Vlad.. I know two Vlads: the bad Vlad and the bunny that makes cookies!
    3. Morton: Yeah, Horton, she's sending you a bunny with cookies.
    – Submitted by Jamie I (2 years ago)
    1. Horton: Wow. I feel really good right now. It is my new sense of purpose.
    – Submitted by Sarmad Q (2 years ago)
    1. Horton: And now the fists are flying, and the second guy picks up a brick! And you might wanna zip up the pouch for this next one... "Alright, fat boy, you want some of this?"
    – Submitted by Diego T (2 years ago)
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