Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Reviews
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.
Blue Sky Studios biggest successes are the 'Ice Age' films. But they've also made 'Robots' and this adaptation of Dr. Seuss' 'Horton Hears a Who!'. Simply put I like 'em all. I'll admit that the before mentioned films are no Pixar movies in overall quality but this film has something that no other animation studio has come up with.. The freakiest character ever made: Katie!
In the jungle of Nool, a tiny speck is pushed of a flower and in to the jungle. Horton (Jim Carrey), an elephant, hears a faint, high-pitched voice from the speck and rescues it from falling to the water. He puts it on a flower and realizes that he is the only one who can hear it. On the speck is the town of Whoville, who's Mayor McNodd (Steve Carell) is the only one who hears Horton. None other in Whoville understands the danger they're in. The Kenguru, the leader of the jungle, holds Horton in ridicule when he attempts to rescue the citizens of Whoville and tries her everything to make Horton fail.
The films target audience is the smallest in the family. I mean the ages between 3-12... I think. The plot is simple, shouldn't be a problem for the kids to follow, and the animation is top-notch. The colors couldn't be more vivid. The detail of the animation and the backgrounds is one of the highlights of the film. I'm sure that a lot of what's happening may not be seen on the first viewing. I saw this now for a third time and still found out some new funny details that's going on in the background.
The films narrator, voiced by Charles Osgood, reads intros to the key scenes throughout the film. Osgood is in fact a famous radio commentator in the States. His voice, how he dictates Dr. Seuss' genious text from the book is simply put marvelous.
The voice cast, consisting of several well known comedians, starting from Jim Carrey and Steve Carell and ending in Amy Poehler and Seth Rogen, do a very good job in their respective roles. I especially enjoyed Carell's performance as the Mayor but the one person who steals the entire film is voiced by Joey King, a 9 year old kid.
Her small role, but oh so memorable, as the creepy.. I don't know what she is... thingy, is animated magic at its best. She is furry, has a frog's tongue and the ability to float. Say what now?! Aside from saying "Aaah" on a few occassions, her only line is the above mentioned quote. Every time she is on the screen, I could not but laugh out loud. I felt like a little kid and almost clapped my hands together and jumped on my seat. I love this Katie character!
'Horton Hears a Who!' is very funny and entertaining and has several simple things to teach for the kids. The importance of friendship, loyalty, acceptance and forgiveness. These things are important for any person, no matter of age or size and this film message couldn't be easier to understand. The film also succeeds in being moving and exciting without being too scary for the kids. For the mature audience, 'Horton Hears a Who!' will not give anything out of the ordinary. Like I said, this ain't no Pixar feature (yes, I fuckin' love Pixar!) but seeing your kid enjoy this one fully, will surely make you love this altogether high-class animation.
Suprisingly, the film keeps the charm of the Grinch film since Jim Carrey once again plays a Dr. Seuss character.
Horton Hears a Who is a charming, funny, well-animated film that Theodore Seuss Giesel would be proud of.
I hope sometime in the future, Blue Sky and Fox plan on making a "Horton Hatches the Egg" film. That'll make me proud.
FUN FACT: Anyone noticed that the Mayor's ninety-six daughters were eating green eggs and ham? Also, one of the whos was wearing the same hat the cat wears. Only it was blue and white.
"Seriously, who is this? Is this Burt from accounting?"
Its so close to the books, really good and the voice acting is great all round. Carrey is slightly annoying and is trying his best to steal the show as usual but seeing as you cant see him its not too bad. Carrell is much better.
The only thing is its for kiddies really, anyone over 8yrs old isnt really gonna stick with it. Its a really pleasant film but its just very childish, obviously, and only for the young. There are plenty of silly faces, prat falls, cute animals and sillyness which kids will lap up but for us oldies its abit kindergarten based hehe
Thats fine its not for adults anyway.
Another entry into the Dr. Suess theatrical features. While this one isn't great, it is certainly very entertaining, featuring good, stylized animation and fun voice work.
Its strange that Jim Carrey hasn't done more voice work, but anyway, he stars as the voice of Horton, an elephant living in a jungle, who happens to come across a speck. But this is no ordinary speck. No sir, this speck happens to be an entire universe full of Who's. The Who's are a community of people with their own world, who have gotten loose from their regular surroundings (think the marble at the end of Men in Black accidentally rolling out of the bag and getting lost).
Fortunately, Horton's ears pick up the sounds of this speck and he attempts to communicate. Horton finds himself having conversations with the mayor of Whoville, voiced by Steve Carell.
The Mayor of Who-ville: I have 96 daughters and 1 son.
Horton: [laughing] Whoa! Busy guy.
In the land of Whoville, everything is perfect so of course when the mayor tries to explain the situation to the city council and others, he is labeled a boob and a moron.
The Mayor of Who-ville: They called me a boob! Do I look like a boob to you?
Miss Yelp: You don't want me to answer that.
Despite the lack of belief from anyone in either Whoville or the jungle Horton lives in, Whoville is still threatened by destruction if it is not placed somewhere safe from possible harm. Horton now must find this safe haven for Whoville.
Once again, the main problem with this Dr. Suess adaptation is stretching a fairly short children's book into a 90 minute feature. It gets by, but not without resorting to pop culture references and various added inclusions to the story to further pad the film.
That's not to say it isn't funny, but I do notice these things and it does effect the overall movie.
This being said, the movie does have a lot of good vocal talent. Obviously Carrey and Carell do a good job, but supporting work from Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, and Amy Poehler, among others, is all welcome.
The animation also looks very good. It doesn't go for anything way too detailed, although there are a number of very well handled sequences, but it has a good look well suited to a Dr. Suess style story, which of course makes sense to do.
Its an entertaining animated feature working with its book counterpart well enough to make it the best Dr. Suess adaptation thus far.
The Mayor of Who-ville: Listen, Horton, I've gotta go. Apparently there's a problem with a giant meatball.
Horton: You just take care of that meatball sir and leave the freaking out to me.