Horton Hears a Who! (1970)
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'Horton Hears a Who' is one more example of an animated feature that while it's impressive, deciding whether or not to buy it--either in standard or blu-ray--is problematic. The reason behind that is that even though it isn't listed on Amazon's website, it's included on the deluxe edition dvd of 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'. Considering that, it makes one second guess buying the standalone dvd. The onlyreal benefit to owning the standlone lies in the dvd's bonus features.
A lot of people in the entertainment industry are touting the mportance and cool factor of Blu-ray. Sure, it has a lot going for it. But if a comparison between the standard def and Blu-ray edition of 'Horton Hears a Who' is any indication, Blu-Ray isn't always all its cracked up to be. The major difference between the two is minor. But in the grand scheme of things, it's a big difference.
What sets the Blu-Ray and Standard def of this classic animated feature apart from one another is that the Blu-Ray lacks one of the shorts included on the standard def edition. The short in question is the classic 'Horton Hatches The Egg.' It is included, though, in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume Six. Anyone lacking both of those is out of luck. However, anyone who already owns one or the other may feel some consternation over whether or not to buy the other. That's because it may force some people to question if its worth it to own the same feature in duplicate. So, having the standard def or Blu-Ray edition of this Dr. Suess classic isn't necessarily better than the other. That is, unless a person doesn't care about the extra features.
If a person doesn't care about the bonus features, then owning the Blu-Ray edition is worth the money. Though, the standard def edition is just as worth the money in comparison to the recent CG-animated rendition that "boasts" actor Jim Carey as the voice of Horton. As noted in the bonus features of the recent release of Disney's 'Snow White...', it's far too easy for animators to make movies nowadays with the advancements in technology. Yes, Warner Brothers and Disney are two entirely different companies. But the argument holds water, even in this case, despite the companies being separate entities.
'Horton Hears a Who' is a great story not just for its genuine animation. It's also so enjoyable due to its dual educational content. On one level, Dr. Suess's stories teach the importance of literacy to kids. On another, they also teach important life lessons to children, in a manner that they can understand them. That's pointed out even more in the bonus feature "Searching For Seuss" Kathy Najimy (King of The Hill) leads an all-star cast that puts on a fun filled bio-of-sorts on Suess, outlining what led to the content of his stories. Luckily for fans who have either the Blu-Ray or standard def edition of the dvd, this bonus feature is included on both. Regardless of standard def or Blu-Ray--and the fact that it's already included on another dvd--'Horton Hears a Who' is a dvd worth owning for kids and kids at heart.
Short and enjoyable. Surprisingly political. I am a big fan of Chuck Jones and Dr. Suess. I will be interested to see the new version and see what they did with it. The other Jones/Suess animations on the disc were also good. "Butter Battle" was a very entertaining metaphor for the Cold War. The Cat in the Hat narrates "Daisy Head Mayzie" which is the most musical of the animation shorts. This one seemed more simple and childish than the others. "Horton Hatches An Egg" is more classic Chuck Jones. You can see variations on some of his classic characters like Elmer Fudd.
Great movie, at least the original has a good lesson to be learned. No preaching about god...Plus it has "boil that dust speck"
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