“Horton Hears a Who!” stars the voices of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett and those who listen closely will recognize the voices of Will Arnett, Seth Rogan, and Jonah Hill. It’s directed by both Jimmy Haywood and Steve Martino and the screenplay was written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (College Road Trip).
Horton (Jim Carrey) is an elephant who lives in the Jungle of Nool, enjoying himself while bathing in the pool. On the fifteenth of May Horton hears a faint yelp, as if a small person were crying for help. This voice came from a speck floating around in the air. A town known as Whoville, with little who’s living on a speck, completely unaware. This takes us to Horton, our hero who is faithful to the end. He himself will work for this speck, containing his tiny friends. Afterall, a person’s is a person, no matter how small.
Taking a book written by the famous Dr. Seuss, the creators of “College Road Trip” create a fun animated film, featuring a lovable character known as Horton. Maybe it was all a bit busy at times, but the message doesn’t evaporate into the hyper pace of the film. Instead, it was made very clear. What makes this a Jim Carrey favorite by critics is the absence of his trademark over-the-top antics performed in his live-action roles. Here, he is unable to perform on screen, giving the critics a break from what they call “annoyance”.
The animation was what you would usually expect from the studio that brought “Ice Age” to the screen, with the exception of a short act that involved Japanese Animation. Jim Carrey stages the voice for Horton, adding a zany and crisp voice to the beloved character. This is a wonderful addition to his creative roles. Horton, being a wild and imaginative character, fits him perfectly. The story stays true to Dr. Seuss. Its never offensive or destroys the moral, like the live action version of “The Cat in the Hat” did so directly and without any remorse. Appealing to a wider audience than Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, this was a feel great movie thats both a charming and lively attempt at stretching a short story into a feature length film. I believe that adults will certainly appreciate this adaption of the great Dr. Seuss story.
I really enjoyed myself during it’s running time. Never once was I bored or did I feel that urge to fix the entire set-up, bringing to mind one terrible Dr. Seuss adaption that I have no need to name. Everything felt like Dr. Seuss in “Horton Hears a Who!”, bringing a legend back to life in the most modern way possible, including some scenes of karate. The narration was dead on and timed just right. See it I say, see it or you’ll pay with a day of dismay.