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Running Time:
1 hour, 28 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Hollywood has finally made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of a Dr. Seuss book that's both delightful and has an important message.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Audio Commentary by Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino; ; All-New Ice Age Short: Surviving Sid; ; Sneak Peek at Ice Age 3; ; Deleted footage and animation screen tests; ; Bringing the Characters to Life featurette; ; That's One Big Elephant: Animating Horton featurette; ; Meet Katie featurette; ; Bringing Seuss to Screen featurette; ; The Elephant in the Room: Jim Carrey Featurette; ; A Person is a Person: A Universal Message featurette; ; Our Speck: Where Do We Fit In? Featurette; ; Elephant Fun: The Facts Featurette; ; We Are Here! Game; DVD-ROM Activity: Create Your Own Animation

With the voices of:
Jim Carrey ... Horton
Steve Carell ... The Mayor of Whoville
Carol Burnett ... Kangaroo
Will Arnett ... Vlad
Seth Rogen ... Morton
Dan Fogler ... Yummo Wickersham
Isla Fisher ... Dr. Mary Lou Larue
Jonah Hill ... Tommy
Amy Poehler ... Sally O'Malley
Jaime Pressly ... Mrs. Quilligan
Charles Osgood ... Narrator

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
In this whimsical feature-length computer animated version of the popular Dr. Seuss book, Horton (voice of Jim Carrey) is an elephant who lives his life in the jungle until the day a remarkable things happens. Horton discovers voices coming from a speck of dust as it floats by his enormous ears. Convinced that there are tiny people living on that speck of dust, Horton captures it on the tip of a clover flower and tries to communicate with its inhabitants. He finally succeeds, and begins a conversation with the Mayor of Whoville (Steve Carell), who urges Horton to find a safe place for the speck lest his entire world be wiped out. Horton agrees, but he encounters resistance.

First, The Kangaroo (Carol Burnett) who rules over the jungle, is a firm believer in the idea that "if you can't see it, it's not there," and she can't see any people on Horton's speck, so she hires the vulture Vlad (Will Arnett) to eliminate it. Meanwhile, the Mayor has trouble convincing the Whos in Whoville that there's a big elephant in the sky talking to him. Even his wife, Sally (Amy Poehler), is skeptical. Only a Doctor Who named Mary Lou Larue (Isla Fisher) believes him.

Narrated by the familiar voice of Charles Osgood, reading passages from the original book, the story progresses reasonably quickly, although there are a number of action sequences that have been added to expand beyond Dr. Seuss's original rhymes.

There are also a couple of interesting animation-within-animation sequences. The first copies both the look and feel of the book precisely and the second re-invents the story as a dubbed martial arts extravaganza. Adults will probably get more out of these than their children, but that doesn't matter at all since the kids will definitely be enchanted. And there are messages about having faith in things that can't be seen and treating people the same regardless of their differences. It's a far better attempt at bringing the books of Dr. Seuss to the screen than the terrible live versions of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Cat in the Hat." This one's a pure joy.
Horton Hears a Who with Jim Carrey: DVD Cover

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