Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (2008, CG Animated Fantasy Adventure) – 8/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Jim Carrey: Horton
Steve Carell: Mayor
Carol Burnett: Kangaroo
Executive Producer: Chris Wedge
Producer: Bob Gordon
Producer: Bruce Anderson
Writer (Original Book): Dr. Seuss
Writer (Screenplay): Cinco Paul
Writer (Screenplay): Ken Daurio
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Director: Steve Martino
Jimmy Hayward: Obnoxious Who

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

Horton, an elephant, hears a voice coming from a speck floating on the wind. Presuming that there must be something living on the speck, he attempts to make contact and while his jungle friends think him a bit odd at first, it quickly becomes a stern test of character.


An unexpected treat, this terrifically fun adventure also manages to cram in valuable morality lessons alongside well-animated, funny, energetic gags. Jim Carrey’s vocal performance is superb and, along with the character design and animation, helps makes Horton an immediately endearing, honest-hearted hero. I loved the gag with the numb arm for the Who Mayor but just about every gag hit the sweet spot. It’s also nice to report that there were no adult or sexual jokes in the body of the movie (there’s one in the end credits song, bafflingly) and there’s no interspecies sex. (Yes, this was not produced by Dreamworks.)

This movie contains violence, scary scenes.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.


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