Genre: CG Animation
Director: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Cast (Voices): Jim Carrey, Steve Carell,
Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Dan Fogler,
Amy Poehler, Dane Cook, Jaime Pressly, Jonah Hill
RunTime: 1 hr 28 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Official Website: http://www.hortonmovie.com/
Opening Day: 13 March 2008
The film is based on the beloved book, first published in
1954, by Ted Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
"Horton Hears a Who" is about an imaginative elephant
who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust
floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on
that speck and despite a surrounding community which thinks
he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help.
Funnyman Jim Carrey once again steps into the world of Dr
Seuss following his maniac performance in the 2000’s
holiday box-office hit “How the Grinch stole Christmas”.
Lending his vocal to the lead character of Horton the elephant,
Carrey is almost unrecognizable in that gentle voiceover.
Carrey is an ensemble cast including Steve Carell, Carol Burnett,
Will Arnett, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and Dan Fogler. Almost
all of them have their fair share appearing in comedies.
the biggest challenge lies in adapting Dr Seuss’s work
into a full-length feature. Adapted to the screen by Ken Daurio
and Cinco Paul whose biggest credit to date is “The
Santa Clause 2”, it doesn’t inspire much anticipation
don’t you but fortunately, the term “family entertainment”
saves the whole lot of them. There’s plenty of wacky
dialogue, cartoony humour and visual gags that will tickle
the taste buds of many kiddos to fill up the screentime. An
added surprise is the inclusion of a cute anime segment.
the spirit of the original classic, with the relationship
of Horton and the people of Who-ville lies the message “A
person's a person, no matter how small”, an old-school
message reaffirmed by this latest movie adaptation.
yes, Blue Sky paid a huge tribute to the world of Dr Seuss
too by incorporating his trademark character-designs and expanded
his literary world employing the latest CG animation technology.
The tiny world of Who-ville, the lush jungle and the various
animal characters are beautifully rendered. It will always
be a pity that the efforts of Blue Sky Studio is hugely overlook
when compared to animation giants liked Pixar, DreamWorks
but the young studio stands on its own with their outputs.
(The third instalment of their renowned franchise, Ice Age
3 will be out next year and the first teaser can be seen before
the screening of Horton)
did I mention the chippy music tunes by Blue Sky’s frequent
collaborator John Powell is an added bonus as well.
Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who” or “Horton Hears
A Who” or “Horton” (the last being the heavily-shortened
local title) is a feel-good animation with a stand-out performance
of a certain rubbery-looking, Jim Carrey voiced elephant.
Get past the thin storyline and it’s a wholesome movie
outing for the entire family.
Seuss saves the day yet again!)
Review by Linus Tee