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.

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Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family
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Jim Carrey
as Horton
Steve Carell
as The Mayor of Whoville
Carol Burnett
as Kangaroo
Seth Rogen
as Morton
Dan Fogler
as Councilman/Yummo Wickersham
Isla Fisher
as Dr. Mary Lou Larue
Jonah Hill
as Tommy
Amy Poehler
as Sally O'Malley
Jaime Pressly
as Mrs. Quilligan
Charles Osgood
as Narrator
Niecy Nash
as Miss Yelp
Shelby Adamowsky
as Hedy/Hooly
Jack Angel
as Old Time Who
Emily Anderson
as Heather
Jan Rabson
as Town Cryer
Jess Harnell
as Another Who
Samantha Raye Droke
as Hildy/Holly
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
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (38)

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

March 17, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Frequently charming, beautifully drawn and far more faithful in spirit to the source material than those dreadful Ron Howard-Brian Grazer productions.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Dr seuss is a genius!

Scott Green
Scott Green

Super Reviewer

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