Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 3603

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 238

Theatrical Release Date: 03/14/2008

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/09/2008

Language: English

Genre: Animation, Family

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino

Actors: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Carol Burnett

Plot: Horton Hears a Who is based on the 1954 book by Ted Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. It is about an elephant who hears voices on a tiny spec of dust. Thinking that their is life in the spec he tries to help, but all of those around him think he has lost his mind. -- Josh C

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Rating of
3.5/4

Hurricane2000 - wrote on 12/22/2018

Best Seuss Adaptation To Date Horton Hears A Who! Has brilliant animation, a well told story, great casting, and adventurous music.

Rating of
2.5/4

FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 01/08/2013

This was a very bland and unimaginative film. It seems as though it is very hard to get Dr. Seuss on the big screen with much success. Have your kids watch it if it is on. I really wouldn't even run to the video store to rent this one for the family.

Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/06/2011

Surprisingly more magical and charming than I expected. This does justice visually to the Dr. Seuss style more than any other Seuss-based film I have seen.

Full Movie Reviews

SmokeScreener
SmokeScreener
Director

Rating of
3/4

Horton Hears a Who!

SmokeScreener - wrote on 04/29/2009

This film shows the strengths and weaknesses of most current animated films. The use of computers to animate films leads to stunning sets and characters. The images jump off the screen with incredible depth. The problem is that such beauty masks the underlying storytelling.

In this case, a simple short story is stretched into an 85 minute movie. Don't get me wrong. It was cute, funny, and true to the plot of the book. But, it wasn't true to the character of the book. Horton was a sad character, an outsider who took a big chance by defending the Whos. In the book, no one seemed to like Horton at the outset, making his sacrifice... and his ultimate victory... more impressive. In the film, Horton is a goofy, likable character, which makes the Kangaroo's vendetta seem out of …

Delorted
Delorted
Producer

Rating of
3.5/4

Review - Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

Delorted - wrote on 04/21/2008

In 1954, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, published a short book about an elephant who could hear voices from a speck of dust, but nobody else would believe him. The elephant stood firm and stated that “an elephant's faithful, one hundred percent.” He stood by what he thought was right and triumphed over impossible odds. Luckily, Jim Carrey did the same with the movie adaptation of said book.

“Horton Hears a Who!” was not expected to be as good as it turned out to be. Jim Carrey was back after having played The Grinch eight years earlier, and neither that movie nor “The Cat in the Hat” are exactly masterpieces. So another adaptation was bound to fail with critics. Of course, this didn't happen, and it won't happen here either.

I will admit that I was skeptical …

BryanFury
BryanFury
Producer

Rating of
3/4

I'm light as a feather

BryanFury - wrote on 03/30/2008

A little cheesy but holds up its own with a slight touch of modesty and fun. Dr. Seuss is a true genius when it comes to creating something that allows a person to become what he or she once was. All of us are taken back to that time and place where fairy tales and magic come true. That once in our lives we were young and innocent. This is what Horton Hears a Who's about, to help us remember how to be a child again. And bring back that long lost smile in our faces and laugh in our hearts content. It has a good story to tell and have massive pool of talented actors to create a world that only in our imagination can exist. The tandem of Carey and Carell is almost like a perfect combination. Both of them just brought their magic and everything just blossomed on screen. Although this movie …

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