Thanks to Blue Sky, the White Plains, New York- based, award-winning animation studio that rivals Pixar/Disney and DreamWorks, this feature-length adaptation of one of Theodore Geisels most beloved tales is absolutely glorious family entertainment.
On the fifteenth of May, in jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, he was splashing enjoying the jungles great joys When Horton the elephant heard a small noise, begins CBS broadcaster Charles Osgood who, as narrator, makes the most of the playfully rhyming text.
That noise heard by Horton (voiced by Jim Carrey) turns out to be a faint cry for help emanating from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. It seems that particle houses an entire city named Who-ville, inhabited by microscopic Whos, led by their Mayor (voiced by Steve Carrell). And theyre in danger! So despite being ridiculed and threatened by doubters Vlad the Eagle (voiced by Will Arnett) and Kangaroo (voiced by Carol Burnett) Horton, on the advice of Morton the Mouse (voiced by Seth Rogen), is determined to save them because a persons a person, no matter how small.
Directed by Jimmy Howard and Steve Martino, Blue Skys computer animation captures Dr. Seuss weird world, particularly the massive clover field in which sweetly sincere Horton must find the tiny speck.
While Dr. Seuss is served better by animation than live-action (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat), the plots really too thin so its been gently padded with hip, G-rated slapstick comedy by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (College Road Trip).
On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who! is a wacky, wondrous 10 bountiful fun for children of all ages.