Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! 2008

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

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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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Animated elephant Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the speck, Horton discovers the tiny city of Who-ville and its residents, the Whos, which he can hear but cannot see. Horton forms a friendship with the mayor of Who-ville, Ned McDodd (Steve Carell), and promises to transport Who-ville to safety. However, Horton encounters opposition from his jungle neighbors, who don't want to believe in the existence of Who-ville.

Cast & Crew

Jim Carrey
Horton
Voice
Steve Carell
Mayor of Who-ville
Voice
Amy Poehler
Salley O'Malley
Voice
Isla Fisher
Dr. Larue
Voice
Dan Fogler
Yummo
Voice
Will Arnett
Vlad
Voice
Seth Rogen
Morton
Voice
Jonah Hill
Tommy
Voice
Carol Burnett
Kangaroo
Voice
Cinco Paul
Screenwriter
Ken Daurio
Screenwriter
Audrey Geisel
Executive Producer
Chris Wedge
Executive Producer
Christopher Meledandri
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (28)

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

    March 17, 2008
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5

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

  • May 18, 2013
    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 K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    Dr seuss is a genius!
    Scott G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Funny and cute for kids. After a fun and nice elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a clover with a speck on it because he heard a voice on it, he discovers a entire city of Whos live on that speck, and the stressed but kind and happy Mayor (Steve Carell). Horton must put the clover on top of a mountain to save the Whos, but only if the unapproving and mean Kangaroo doesnt stop him first. The story is for kids and they will have Jim Carrey and Steve Carell have a very nice charming voice to there characters. Overall I found it funny and nice, but maybe too kiddish for me.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    Sometimes silly, but this Dr. Seuss adaptation brings a emotional and powerful message that fascinate children and adults.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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