Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
A playful pachyderm named Horton becomes a reluctant hero when he discovers the microscopic city of Who-ville on a floating speck of dust and embarks on a hilarious adventure to save the town from the dangers of the jungle.
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Rotten: Earth, as Robert Frost thought, might be the right place for love, but television is certainly the right place for Dr. Seuss.
- Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA), Thursday, June 24, 2010
"In my world everyone is a pony, and they all eat rainbows, and poop butterflies." 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.
- TheMachinist, Tuesday, August 31, 2010