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



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Cinco Paul, Ken Daruio, Ken Daurio, Jon Vitti, Mike Reiss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 9, 2008
Box Office: $154.4M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Jim Carrey
as Horton
Steve Carell
as The Mayor of Whovill...
Carol Burnett
as Kangaroo
Seth Rogen
as Morton
Dan Fogler
as Councilman/Yummo Wic...
Isla Fisher
as Dr. Mary Lou Larue
Amy Poehler
as Sally O'Malley
Jaime Pressly
as Mrs. Quilligan
Niecy Nash
as Miss Yelp
Shelby Adamowsky
as Hedy/Hooly
Jack Angel
as Old Time Who
Jan Rabson
as Town Cryer
Jess Harnell
as Another Who
Karen Disher
as Who Kid
Marshall Erwin Efron
as Wickersham Guard 1
Bill Farmer
as Willie Bear
James Hayward
as Obnoxious Who
Joey King
as Katie
Christina Martino
as Heidi/Haley
Laraine Newman
as Glummox Mom
Tim Nordquist
as Wickersham Guard 2
Laura Ortiz
as Jessica
Joe Pasquale
as The Dentist
Eero Milonoff
as The Mayor of Whovill...
Taisto Oksanen
as Councilman/Yummo Wic...
Samantha Droke
as Hildy/Holly
Isabella Acres
as Additional Voices
Mona Marshall
as Additional Voices
Connor Anderson
as Additional Voices
Mickie T. McGowan
as Additional Voices
Bob Bergen
as Additional Voices
Madison Pettis
as Additional Voices
Madison Davenport
as Additional Voices
Teresa Ganzel
as Additional Voices
Ariel Winter
as Additional Voices
Sherry Lynn
as Additional Voices
Elena Martino
as Additional Voices
Danny Mann
as Additional Voices
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News & Interviews for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

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

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (39)

Hollywood has finally found the key to bringing a Seuss story satisfactorily to life.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009

A frequently beguiling fantasy packed with ticklish sights and vocals

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

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.

Full Review… | December 23, 2008

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.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review… | December 10, 2008
What Would Toto Watch?

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

Full Review… | December 10, 2008
DVD Review

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.

Albert Kim
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.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Dr seuss is a genius!

Scott Green

Super Reviewer

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Quotes

Jessica: My world is called JessicaLand, and everyone worships Queen Jessica because Jessica is so beautiful!
Angela: Jessica... that was awesome.
– Submitted by Grace W (11 months ago)
Horton: Hello!
Mayor: Hello?
Horton: I don't know exactly how to tell you this, but you're living on a speck.
Mayor: Seriously, who is this? Is this Burt from accounting?
– Submitted by Darion D (2 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
Katie: In my world, everyone's a pony, and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.
Horton: That's beautiful Katie... in a really weird way.
– Submitted by Jamie I (4 years ago)

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