Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Poster
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Comments on Movie: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
"Hollywood has finally found the key to bringing a Seuss story satisfactorily to life." - Mike Scott, NOLA.

"Dr. Seuss' imagination never goes out of style. It's hard to imagine any child wouldn't want Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! as a permanent part of his or her DVD library." - Christian Toto.

"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.

"It's so funny and good-natured that I can't imagine anybody not smiling through it. Not even a Grinch." - Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor.

"Rather than trivializing (or antagonizing with) its collision of secular and religious beliefs, the film recognizes how faith is an essential part of both value systems. Respect is what Horton's preaching, and that's a message to be foisted on children guilt-free." - Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice.

"What is most remarkable about this film is the fidelity it retains to Seuss' work and intentions." Felix Gonzalez, Jr., DVD Review.

"Other than possibly being the best Dr. Seuss adaptation, this film has one of the strongest moral and sweetest story ever." - Rosalyn Lim.

Genre/Tags 
Adventure Comedy Family Dr.Seuss 3D Animation Animated Feature


Horton Hears a Who! (2008) at a glance
Horton Hears a Who! (2008) is an adaptation of a children book of the same name, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. It is a story about Horton the Elephant who found a microscopic community from a speck and struggles to protect it from his jungle friends who refuse to believe that it exists. One interesting fact is that the book's main theme or message is equality where "a person's a person no matter how small", was inspired by his reaction to his visit to Japan. Dr. Seuss who used to harbor strong anti-Japan sentiments before and during World War II changed his views dramatically thereafter and eventually dedicated this book to a Japanese friend.

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Synopsis
The story goes like this: Deep in the Jungle of Nool lives Horton, a goofy yet noble elephant, who hears a cry for help from a floating speck of dust that is inhabited by the microscopic city of Whoville and its hapless yet upstanding Mayor. Horton becomes an unwitting hero as he battles to protect the speck from the dangers of the jungle and his skeptical neighbors who just don’t understand at all that a person is a person no matter how small.

Movie Review: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Horton and the Whoville speck.

The animation is so pretty and realistic, especially the flowers like dandelions and clovers but not the 2D imaginations that's going on Horton's mind, which I find it irrelevant and non-matching to the film as a whole. Nonetheless, there are still so much wit, fun and tension throughout the film which is quite pleasing and entertaining.

The twins.

Other than possibly being the best Dr. Seuss adaptation, this film has one of the strongest moral and sweetest story ever. Most of the time, it is exciting, touching and inspiring. Horton the Elephant certainly have a big heart and serves as a role model to the rest in the jungle of Nool (and the rest of us too).

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
It's difficult to brain who will not like this but most children and people who love Dr. Seuss books will certainly love this film!

PS. Katie the baby yak and Rudy the baby kangaroo are so adorable!

Details of the movie
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Producer: Bob Gordon, Bruce Anderson
Story: Dr. Seuss, Jeff Siergey
Screenplay: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: John Powell
Studio: Blue Sky Studios
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: Adventure Comedy Family Fantasy
Running time: 86 mins
Budget: USD 85,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 297,138,014 est.

Official website(s)
http://blueskystudios.com/films/horton/

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Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character
Not determined yet. D;

Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Movie Quotes
  1. There it is. This is one of the jungle's most amazing creatures. The leaf bug. In order to protect itself from predators It disguises itself as a leaf.
  2. I guess I was mistaken, Kids. There are obviously no leaf bugs in this area.
  3. Then, humphing her nose was sour Kangaroo. A type who's convince she knows better than you. 
  4. She made every law and then forced every rule as self conclaimed head of the jungle of the Nool. 
  5. Why can't I play with the other kids, Mom? 
  6. The jungle is no place to act like a wild animal.
  7. My, that Horton certainly is eccentric? And that children are learning so much from him.
  8. I promise I'm gonna clean all this up later!
  9. There's tiny person on that speck and needs my help.
  10. Whoa, maybe thay aren't small. Maybe... We're big.
  11. No! Really, think about it. What if there is someone way out there, looking down on our world right now. And to them, we are the speck.
  12. Oh, there can't be people that small.
  13. But I heard.
  14. If you can't see, hear, or feel something it doesn't exist. 
  15. Believing in tiny imaginary people is just not something we do. Or tolerate here in the jungle of Nool.
  16. I can find somebody who believe what I'm saying. 
  17. You will do nothing of the sort. You will not breathe the word of this lie to anyone else. 
  18. Especially the children. I do not want you poisoning their minds with this nonsense. Our community has standards, Horton. If you wanna remain a part of that I recommend you follow them.
  19. I'll ah...take that advise. Certainly appreciate your input. 
  20. I don't understand. I know I heard you.
  21. That's it. Maybe you can't hear me! Of course your ears must be tiny.
  22. I need to speak up!
  23. The town known as Whoville for there live the Whos Really happy in safe, knowing only good news, unaware that their world was a speck on a clover, unaware the sweet life they knew might be old
  24. The Mayor and his wife they had children to spare. 96 daughters, some here and some there. 96 girls to love, 96 girls to teach. But the Mayors have only few second for each.
  25. Daddy, I do better than best on my whostory test.
  26. That's one of my girls.
  27. She has been using my hairbrush!
  28. Look, over there! There, all better.
  29. Can I please have whophone, daddy? Everyone else in my class has one.
  30. Toos! 
  31. It's "th" sweetheart. It's "Tooth"
  32. Now to you or to me, it's finally clear that JoJo did not want his father's career.
  33. Hey! Why did he get more time? That's not fair!
  34. Well I think the lad was frightened if he did, he might let down his dad.
  35. You know what's awesome? This is awesome! Just look at the men and the women hanging on these walls. You, my boy, are part of family legacy that spans centuries
  36. Some day I hope to join them. Be one of the Grates.
  37. I tell you JoJo there is nothing like being Mayor. I get to sign resolutions, approve ordinances, submit budgets.
  38. O.K. Good chat! I'm glad that we had this talk That I'm continuing now by myself. Good.
  39. Nothing wrong with this. Just you and me in the speck. Shouldn't a breeze. We're club. We're group. We can take a vote on issues. We can be a secret to society - to control pirate's power in the world. - Horton? And no one else can join Unless they wear funny hats.
  40. I am really happy you found this speck in all. But you might wanna think about keeping it to yourself.
  41. You know what doesn't look good? You, talking about the speck like the speck isn't even there. Speck never said nothing bad about you.
  42. Good luck with your illusional superiority.
  43. I see what's going on here. Morton, no matter how tight this speck and I get, the speck could never replace you.
  44. Nothing. We're not doing anything.
  45. There is a story you can't talk to anybody I mean it. If anybody finds out about this, it could be very very bad.
  46. I'm not sure why but we won't tell anyone. And if we do, we'll tell them not to tell anyone.
  47. Hey, you look at that. I guess they do build themselves.
  48. Now the Mayor knew it was his job to convey the unusual things that he noticed that day.
  49. Nothing in Whoville had ever gone wrong.
  50. We're about to celebrate 100 years of Whoville happiness in harmony. And you want to postpone the celebration?
  51. Nothing ever goes wrong in Whoville! Never has and never will!
  52. Girl, I got 15,000 friends already. What? What you mean it don't look like me? That look just like me. Ten years ago...
  53. You don't want me to answer that.
  54. I knew it. I knew it. I knew it. There's life on this speck.
  55. I don't exactly know how to tell you this. But... You're living on a speck.
  56. Well, I hate to disagree with you. Oh, voice from the drain pipe. But, I live in Whoville.
  57. Well, from where you standing? I guess I'm... in the sky.
  58. Your whole world fits on a flower in my world.
  59. Don't you see? We're in the middle of some kind of amazing cosmic convergence. Two vastly different worlds. Miraculously crossing path! Mine colossal! Yours mini to cure. Yet, somehow we've manage to make contact. If you think about it, it's pretty amazing. Is everything okay down there?
  60. Brainest brain of the staff
  61. Well, we'd have inexplicable tremors. Dramatic changes in the weather. And if we didn't eventually achieve some sort of stability our world would be destroyed
  62. Apparently if that speck keeps moving around, our whole world could be obliterated.
  63. This entire jungle is a house of death!
  64. And it's then Horton saw at the top of mountain Nool a small cave that will peaceful and quiet and cool where sunflower grew proud and tall from the ground. There he knew every Who would be safe, would be sound.
  65. Horton was faithful and soul working kind. He was a brave hero. At least in his mind. 
  66. We must become invisible. Travel silently. For there are forces. They would seek to destroy us.
  67. I will make monkeys of these monkeys.
  68. We've all got our own clovers with flowers on them.
  69. In my world everyone's pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies.
  70. That's beautiful, Katie. In a really weird way.
  71. My world is called Jessicaland Everyone worships queen Jessica because Jessica is that beautiful.
  72. Honey, go to your room.
  73. Have you forgotten what we discussed?
  74. Are you sure you wanna fight this fight, Horton? Because I promise you it will get very ugly very fast.
  75. You need to ask yourself. Do I really worth put myself through this? For a clover?
  76. No! I can't give it to you. There're people on this speck. Granted very small people. But a person's person. No matter how small.
  77. You just crossed the line, Horton. And I'm gonna make you pay. 
  78. That Horton is a threat to us. He has those kids using their imaginations.
  79. I just need to think I am light. 
  80. I'm light as a feather. I'm light as a feather.
  81. What's lighter than a feather? Air! There's nothing lighter. So, it stands to reason that the more air I have, the lighter I will be.
  82. That could've been a disaster. 
  83. Wow. I feel really good right now. It is my new sense of purpose.
  84. I just thought it might look better somewhere it can't fall on us and crashes our sleep.
  85. Did you ever get the feeling that you're being watched?
  86. You know, how you can that weird feeling that your world actually a tiny speck?
  87. And then the elephant that I talked about earlier he's carrying it around on flower. And you realize then if you tell anybody they think you're crazy. But you still feel the responsibility to keep everyone safe.
  88. Sweetheart. I know you're under a lot of stress. And if your seeing elephants and flowers, then fine. Just don't tell anyone else that story. O.K.? And remember. It's not the end of the world.
  89. I got terrible reception here.
  90. This is your elephant speaking. Just sit back and enjoy the ride and we all are happy to the mountain Nool
  91. You have family? 
  92. I do indeed. A beautiful wife, 96 daughters, and one son. Then we all share one bathroom. You know that is?
  93. What's have to know is you need to go to bed. Daddy's having a break down.
  94. I've realize that we have not been seeing eye to eye lately and most of it is my fault.
  95. You know what I've been trying to do? I have been trying to impose my vision of your future on you.
  96. JoJo, you can be whatever kind of Mayor you wanna be. Hands on, strong and silent, outspoken, it's up to you.
  97. A place with boy felt contented free. A place he could be what wanted to be. And what was inside there I'd say if I could.
  98. Then, JoJo snuck out feeling lonely and sad and tragically misunderstood by his dad.
  99. I realize you're busy. But I need your help.
  100. I'd do it myself. But being a lady I prefer not to get my hands dirty.
  101. Quiet, Rudy. Mummy is thinking it over.
  102. It's snowing in the summer!
  103. It's a dramatic change in the weather. As if we're on a speck floating to space.
  104. I think I know what your problem is .... There, better?
  105. Do I smell peanuts? 
  106. Yes, they are my favorite snack. But they tend to linger.
  107. I may have to put up a flight. 
  108. She said that? I thought we're friends.
  109. Vlad. Vlad. I know two Vlads. Is it the bad Vlad or the bunny Vlad that makes the Cookies?
  110. I meant what I said. I said what what I meant.
  111. There's a good possibility we maybe attacked by a giant carnivorous bird.
  112.  There's small chance it could be bunny with cookies.
  113. I just know he's gonna jump out somewhere.
  114. My basement is in the attic. The science museum is history.
  115. I'm declaring a state of emergency.
  116. Don't worry. Don't worry. The Mayor is just being a moron.
  117. The people have spoken Mr. Mayor. You're finished. No one believes you. No one supports you.
  118. Horton is a giant elephant in the sky. Don't bother look. He is invisible. And he is the one risking his life to get Whoville which by the way is a speck on a clover just safety.
  119. Get the family together and get some where safe.
  120. Clover by clover by clover he found But the one that he sought for was just not around.
  121. You exist! This means my husband isn't in crazy.
  122. Let's not overwhelm the poor fella. He's never gonna remember all these names.
  123. We're all here, Horton. And, We ALL believe in you.
  124. Wow! That's awesome. And it's reponsibility I do not take lightly. I promise you a future that it's safe, sound, and stable. We will create a world where every Who is granted with 3 indelible rights. To be determined that a later date. And we will put us back on Mountain Nool before the end of this a decade.
  125. What is happening to the jungle of Nool? There once was a time when people were people. And specks were specks. All I say it you can't see it, hear it, or feel it it doesn't exist. Our way of life is under attack. And who's leading that attack? Horton!!
  126. This is Horton we're talking about you'll know about him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Except for that fly he accidentally sat on. He didn't did that on purpose.
  127. Are we going to let troublemakers like Horton poison the minds of children? 
  128. Not the children!!
  129. When Horton tells our children about worlds beyond the jungle, it makes them question authority.
  130. All you have to do is admit to everyone that there are no little people living on that speck. 
  131. That you're wrong and I was right. 
  132. So I just have to say it isn't true?
  133. Go ahead! Rope me! Cage me! Do whatever you want! But there are people on this speck. And they have Mayor. Who has 96 daughters and one son name JoJo, Who all share a bathroom whatever that is.
  134. And even though you can't hear or see them at all, Person's a person, no matter how small.
  135. They don't believe we're here. We've got to make some noise! 
  136. We are here. 
  137. We are here. We are here. We are here. We are here. 
  138. We are here. We are here. We are here. We are here.
  139. I hear it! I hear it! They are there!
  140. Dad, you're one of the Greats.
  141. My buddy more than for being the only who stood by me Well, not right by me he's hidden in the bushs Sending me good thoughts. He's small.
  142. most of all I'd like to thank to the Mayor of Whoville, who believed me from the beginning.
  143. Baby, I can't fight this feeling any more. I've forgotten what I started fighting for.
  144. And so all ended well for those Horton and Whos and for all in the jungle, even the Kangaroo. So let that be a lesson to one and to all. 
  145. A person's a person. No matter how small.

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