Horton Hears a Who!

March 14th, 2008


Horton Hears a Who!

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Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.0/10 (48,318 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Jimmy Hayward

Stars: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett

One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small."

Writers: Ken Daurio, Dr. Seuss

Jim Carrey - Horton (voice)
Steve Carell - Mayor (voice)
Carol Burnett - Kangaroo (voice)
Will Arnett - Vlad (voice)
Seth Rogen - Morton (voice)
Dan Fogler - Councilman / Yummo Wickersham (voice)
Isla Fisher - Dr. Mary Lou Larue (voice)
Jonah Hill - Tommy (voice)
Amy Poehler - Sally O'Malley (voice)
Jaime Pressly - Mrs. Quilligan (voice)
Charles Osgood - Narrator (voice)
Josh Flitter - Rudy (voice)
Niecy Nash - Miss Yelp (voice)
Jesse McCartney - JoJo (voice)
Shelby Adamowsky - Hedy / Hooly / Additional Voices (voice)

Taglines: One Elephant One World One Story


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | Twentieth Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 14 March 2008

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $45,012,998 (USA) (16 March 2008) (3954 Screens)

Gross: $154,529,187 (USA) (31 August 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Katie, the yellow fluffy animal, is supposed to be a tiny yak. The awkward greeting she makes was just one recording that was used several times throughout the movie.

Plot holes: When the mayor is telling Horton about his family, he says "I have a beautiful wife, ninety-six daughters and one son." He doesn't mention his son's name. Yet later in the movie, Horton says "The mayor has one son named Jo-Jo." Unless he and the mayor have another conversation in the movie that we don't see, Horton couldn't have known Jo-Jo's name.

Kangaroo: What do you think you're doing?
Tommy: Oh, you guys with worlds are in trouble!
Kangaroo: Have you forgotten what we've discussed?
Horton: Oh no, I'm an elephant and elephants never forget, it's a curse really! I remember, I was on my head and you said hmm and I looked up and you said ,what are you doing?, and I said the thing about the speck, then you pulled my ears and you poked me in the forehead...
Kangaroo: Horton!
Horton: Well you did.

User Review

Finally, a film that does justice to one of Dr. Suess's childhood favorites!!

Rating: 10/10

For the first time in years, I can state wholeheartedly that this film is the most faithful adaptation of Dr. Suess's children's books EVER being brought to the big screen with the voice talents of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and of course, Carol Burnett. I've never thought that Suess's cartoon illustrations can be so wonderfully spot on in this film with its bright, crisp colors, and flawless animation. What's great about all this is that they expand upon the film, rather than improving it with excess baggage like they did in 2004's live-action flop "The Cat in The Hat" which pretty much was "The Batman & Robin" adaptation of the classic children's book and I hated that film with an utmost loathsome passion. At least "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" was entertaining in its own right, though I admit it too was a little nauseating; namely because some scenes had so many garishly lit colors and was a bit too over the top. With all that aside, "Horton Hears a Who" not only will be the best animated film of the year, but may also win an Oscar for "Most Faithful Adaptation of a Children's Classic". I think this film will appeal to children and adults and for those who read the book since childhood not to mention serve as another venue of wholesome family entertainment for the general audience.


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