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  • Summary: Based on the beloved children's book by Dr. Seuss, this is the tale of an imaginative elephant named Horton who 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,Based on the beloved children's book by Dr. Seuss, this is the tale of an imaginative elephant named Horton who 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. 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." (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. Finally! For the first time, Hollywood has made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
  3. A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    75
    Listen closely: It's the sound of a million Who fans cheering.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    The real stars of the movie are the animators, who imbue even the overgrowth in Horton's jungle with a certain floppy Seuss-ishness.
  6. The tolerance and loopy poetry of the beloved book by Dr. Seuss have been nicely captured.
  7. 50
    There are aspects of “Horton,”... that are fresh and enjoyable, and bits that will gratify even a dogmatic and orthodox Seussian.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 52
  2. Negative: 4 out of 52
  1. KimberlyM.
    Mar 13, 2008
    10
    Superbly animated and hilarious.
  2. Momof3
    Mar 18, 2008
    10
    Great film. I was laughing out loud in spots as were all of the children in the theatre. Certainly a movie for all ages!
  3. RoxasS.
    Dec 15, 2008
    10
    Hyper S, let me guess, you a forty year old, no fun kangaroo? Hmm. Just like in the movie. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll ever Hyper S, let me guess, you a forty year old, no fun kangaroo? Hmm. Just like in the movie. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll ever see the light, and be bitter forever. OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T CARE FOR IT, IT'S MEANT FOR KIDS! It's supposed to be simple, and NOT SCARY! What did you think, it was a horror movie! Oooh! Anyways, this is absolutely my favourite movie, despite my age (16). I fell in love with Jojo O'Malley, the small, sad, teenage Who, who feels his father pressures him too much. Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 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.

    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).

    On 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!
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  5. Oct 14, 2014
    7
    Probably the only one of these Dr. Suess adaptations that's actually good, sure theres maybe at least one or two references in there, but itProbably the only one of these Dr. Suess adaptations that's actually good, sure theres maybe at least one or two references in there, but it doesn't harm the plot, or anything else. Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2011
    6
    A beautifully animated picture with a pretty darn good choice in voice talent. However, this film isn't robust enough! It drags, and I foundA beautifully animated picture with a pretty darn good choice in voice talent. However, this film isn't robust enough! It drags, and I found that I was trying to forcibly convince myself that this film was excellent. It wasn't, but it does send a good message to all. Expand
  7. F86S.
    Mar 22, 2008
    0
    that movie is the worst movie i have ever seen. it was the only movie in my life that made me hungry. i rate it a 0 because i think that that movie is the worst movie i have ever seen. it was the only movie in my life that made me hungry. i rate it a 0 because i think that Ratatouille, which is all about food is better. Expand

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