Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

2008-07-04 12:09
What it's about:

An imaginative elephant named Horton (voiced by Jim Carrey) hears a faint cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Although Horton doesn't know it yet, that speck houses an entire city named Who-ville, inhabited by the microscopic Whos, led by the Mayor (voiced by Steve Carell). Despite being ridiculed and threatened by his neighbors who think he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to save the particle... because "a person's a person no matter how small".

What the critics thought of it:

"The movie proves a funny, elevating ride that should beguile the young and keep their parents or grandparents enthralled too. For once, the G rating stands for Glorious."
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

"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."
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

"...doesn't have the brisk economy of the original book, but the animated Horton feels nevertheless close to the sweet, quirky heart of Dr. Seuss."
Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com

"If I ran the circus, the gang that made the sturdy, witty, inventively animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! would get first dibs on any future movie productions of the Theodor Seuss Geisel canon."
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"No elevating moments, but a few of pure mirth: 'In my world,' says one of the film's furry woodland creatures, 'everybody's a pony, they eat rainbows and poop butterflies...' Now that would be something to see."
John Anderson, Variety

"A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit."
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"Horton Hears a Who! doesn't enter the live-action realm, which is a good thing, but the lengthened result has its own charm and is enjoyable in a family-friendly sort of way, even if it feels a little like Dr. Seuss by way of Ice Age."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
A lovable elephant angers everyone around him as he tries to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.

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