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HORTON HEARS A WHO (article first published : 2008-03-31)

After The Grinch and The Cat in the Hat we have here another witty, whacky and wonderful cinema variation of a wad of nonsense verse from Dr Seuss, this time with Horton Hears a Who, an animation rendition of the story of Horton the elephant (the voice of Jim Carrey) and his fascination with a speck of dust.

There is a lot more to that speck, of course, than meets the eye, as we all soon learn – although Horton has a lot of trouble trying to convince his fellow creatures in the jungle of Newl that there is life on the white dot which delicately nestles on a pink stalk of clover that Horton carries in his trunk.

As we and Horton know, an entire community lives on that speck – the furry, colourful citizens of Whoville, where Horton strikes up a conversation with The Mayor (the voice of Steve Carell), who has 96 daughters and a taciturn, enigmatic son, JoJo (recording star Jesse McCartney).

Once he realises his town faces annihilation with the speck of Horton’s world subject to all sorts of dangers, The Mayor pleads with the elephant to find a safe resting place for his community. The elephant agrees, but faces resistance from creatures in his realm, not least the matriarchal Kangaroo (Carol Burnett) who believes that if one can’t see something it doesn’t exist. So much for faith and love, what?

Determined to brand Horton a cuckoo, Kangaroo enlists a tattered vulture Vlad (Will Arnett) to sort him out.

The Mayor, meanwhile, is also facing problems getting his folk to believe he is talking to a giant animal in the sky who can help them. Only a doctor called Mary Lou Larue (Isla Fisher) seems to believe him. Los of action – including a particularly amusing scene involving Horton on a rope bridge – follows as the elephant tries to save the day.

The animation is everything we’d expect it to be, with water, long a difficult subject for computer-animation, particularly well realised. There is also a fun touch which, when Horton goes into think mode, uses animation styled from the illustrations in the popular Dr Seuss book.

With all this, plus crazy characters, unique humour and some underlying lessons on faith and accepting people for who and what they are, Horton Hears a Who makes for fine family entertainment. Rating (8/10) – Billy Suter




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