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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler, Dane Cook, Jaime Pressly, Jonah Hill
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Rating: G
Year Made: 2008



- Audio Commentary by Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino
- All-New Ice Age Short: Surviving Sid
- We Are Here! Game
- Deleted Footage and Animation Screen Tests
- Bringing the Characters to Life
- Our Speck: Where Do We Fit In?
- Elephant Fun: The Facts



Language: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese/
Bahasa Indonesia/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Letterbox
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment
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In this hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure, Horton is a fun-loving elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust floating through the air. He soon discovers the speck is home to Who-ville, a city inhabited by tiny people in big trouble. Horton must brave the dangers of the jungle to protect his new friends and save the day.


Remember the days when a group of you thronged the libraries to find Dr. Seuss books? Remember the joy on your faces when found one in an isolated corner and hugged it so close to you because you want no one else to take it away? Then came movies like Ron Howard’s The Grinch (2000) and Bo Welch’s The Cat in the Hat (2003). Truth be told, we were a little freaked out by Jim Carrey’s (The Grinch won an Oscar for Best Makeup nonetheless) and Mike Myers’s getup as Dr. Seuss’s beloved storybook characters. So when this animated movie came along, we didn’t know whether it would rekindle the fond memories of the past or remind us the scary characters created for the live action movies.

To our pleasant surprise, this movie is actually immensely enjoyable and, gasp, educational too.

The story begins when Horton the elephant hears a cry from help from a fleck of dust. Yes, this only happens in a storybook, and that fleck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in a wonderful town known as Whoville. Despite disapprovals from his friends, Horton decides to protect the Whos and their home, standing by the motto that "A person is a person, no matter how small."

While you can already see the movie as an educational tool to teach young ones some important life lessons, do not dismiss this as one of those too wholesome for its own good pictures. It’s got Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty) and Steve Carell (Evan Almighty) providing the voices for Horton and the mayor of Wholville respectively. There, you know you are in a wacky time with these two comedians headlining the movie. All 88 minutes of it.

Carrey and Carell seem to be ad-libbing their way through the entire picture, spouting their very comical lines to the fullest side splitting effect. You’d be a grinch not to chuckle out loud at them. Then there are the other adorably memorable characters which include a grouchy purple kangaroo, an autistic Who, an evil vulture and a whole lot of other cuddly forest creatures which we can’t pin a name to.

Other than its fluid 3D animation, the movie also incorporates some traditional 2D animation in Dr. Seuss’s spirit, and wow, an inspired manga animation sequence which will make you sit up and pay attention to its bright and clean cut drawings.

The Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino directed movie has captured Dr. Seuss’s true spirit and carry with it a message that is enlightening to both kids and adults. Remember: "A person is a person, no matter how small."


This Code 3 DVD contains a whole load of wonderfully fun special features which definitely makes your money’s worth. It is a must-have for every family’s DVD collection.

Audio Commentary by Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino – The duo talk enthusiastically about every aspects of the movie, including why the opening sequence doesn’t involve dialogue and how certain camera angles are created to make the villainous kangaroo look more intimidating than Horton the elephant.

Deleted Footage – In this section, the funny directors confess about making mistakes, and show you some deleted footages, which are categorized into Storyboard versions, Rough Animation versions and Almost-final versions. This is a generous section where you’ll get to see 12 scenes which were cut from the movie. They include Horton’s nightmare, how the mayor brushes his teeth and his unique coffee gnome. The DVD producers are kind enough to include directors’ commentaries on all of them.

Animation Screen Tests – After a short introduction by animator Nick Bruno, we get to see how Horton, the Mayor and the Whos are animated with movements like tip toeing, driving in wagons, getting scared and being nervous. An informative section for animator wannabes.

Bringing the Characters to Life – In this five minute segment, we see how the animators act and voice out the characters before the voiceover talents come into the studio for actual recording. It’s interesting to see the behind the scenes people acting in front of the cameras so that there can be references for the characters.

That’s One Big Elephant: Animating Horton – The eight minute clip takes you to the beginning where the filmmakers studied the original Dr. Seuss artwork, created 3D clay models and eventually became an elephant who could walk and talk in different moods and viewers could feel the difference.

Meet Katie – The four minute featurette focuses on the animation of a cute, little, yellow, fluffy, err, thing, which stole the show by being cute, little, yellow and fluffy. You’d never guess that the original inspiration was rather scary.

A Person is a Person: A Universal Message – The four minute clip has the filmmakers talking about the theme of the movie, a universal value which we often forget. Though short, this clip is very meaningful, and it’s a rare occasion which we get to see Carell talking seriously.

Our Speck: Where do we fit in? – Another well meaning featurette which has adorable kids talking about balancing the eco system. It’s important to know that every small act we do has a big effect on the system. Educators and parents need to get their students and kids to watch this.

Elephant Fun: The Facts – Get to see real elephants in action in this educational five minute clip hosted by an elephant expert. Targeted at kids, it inter-cuts scenes from the movie with footages of real elephants – Did you know that elephants’ ears act as cones to amplify what they hear? Did you know that there are 50,000 muscles and no bones in an elephant’s trunk? Did you know that elephants have a wonderful memory?

We Are Here! – An interesting game which kids can save Whoville by choosing the correct instruments after seeing a sequence of events. Strictly for those under 12.

Surviving Sid – An eight minute short starring the characters from Ice Age. Sid brings a group of kids on a camping trip - very funny to watch, and everybody’s favourite Scrat makes an appearance with his nut too.


The disc’s visual transfer maintains the crisp look of the movie, while there are English, Korean, Thai, Mandarin and Cantonese audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


. Horton (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from
Alliance Entertainment


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