Every family should make their kids indulge in Dr. Seuss’ work. His work has mainly been popular due to the specific art style that he uses, where he makes everyone’s faces kind of look like a pear. However, the fun of it all is actually in the stories. The stories are so expensive, creative, and profound that they have messages hidden in their context to provide people with fun learning experiences as they go through them. This is specifically the case with Horton Hears a Who! This is a film that dives into the psyche of a whole town, along with the one Elephant who has power over them all.
How to Stream or Download Horton Hears a Who!
You can stream it or you can download the film from a digital store. Click on the Download button at the end of the review. If you like Dr. Seuss’s stories, check out also these movies – The Lorax, The Grinch, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The Movie Review
Horton Hears a Who follows the story of an elephant named Horton, he’s eccentric, to say the least, and walks around in the jungle like he owns the place. Of course, no one really likes Horton much, no one even listens to him much because they all think he’s a narcissist. However, the one good thing about Horton is the fact that he’s quite understanding when the situation needs him to be.
The situation, in this case, is when he discovers the Whos, living down in Whoville. For those of you who don’t know, Whoville is by far the tiniest place in the world of Horton, situated on the tiniest speck of dust. Of course, every other animal in the forest wants to burn the speck and put an end to Whoville.
Directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, Horton Hears a Who is a fantastically funny film that constantly keeps you laughing and engaged with its characters. Horton is by far one of the funniest main characters in any Dr. Seuss story. Aside from Horton himself, you also have Mayor Ned McDodd, the mayor of the town of Whoville.
These characters have such distinct personalities and designs that you can recognize them from a mile away. This is not just because of their designs, of course, it’s also because of the colorful personalities to these colorful characters. They’re all so well written, Ned McDodd, Horton, Jojo, Helga, Vlad Vladikoff, Morton, and everyone else have wonderful personalities of their own.
What elevates these characters’ personalities, even more, is the fact that they’re voiced by some of the industry’s most talented actors.
The cast here is absolutely bonkers, you have Jim Carrey as Horton, Steve Carrell as Ned McDodd, Selena Gomez as Helga, Seth Rogen as Morton, Dan Fogler as Yummo, Will Arnett as Vlad Vladikoff, and Isla Fisher as Mary Lou! It’s a HUGE cast and they all act their heart out with their respected characters. Though obviously, with the most screen time, Jim Carrey and Steve Carrel make their characters their own.
The art style in this film is what separates it from the rest though, it’s a Dr. Seuss graphic novel brought to life. The art design in this film is much better than that of any other adaptation of a Dr. Seuss novel, It is colorful, quirky, and creative in its design. The best thing about it is the fact that it is completely and wholeheartedly accurate to the art in the books. It certainly feels straight out of the pages and flows better than most animated films of this sort.
Not to mention, there’s also a really good soundtrack on this phone, which just makes the experience tenfold better. The songs are really good, and the original soundtrack itself is made perfectly to blend with the environment and world of Horton Hears a Who! Besides all of this, you also get to hear Selina Gomez singing, which is always a plus point for any film.
Sure, the film follows the story to a fault, and yet that doesn’t keep it from being unique. It’s a film that doesn’t try to have an internal motive, but rather has its message of equality and love splattered across its canvas. If you’re thinking of watching a film with your family, especially your kids, then this is indeed the movie to go to.
- Fantastic art style.
- Phenomenal performances by the entire cast.
- A proper adaptation that doesn’t stray from the source material.
- Some really amazing tunes!
- The themes are placed right on the forefront instead of being subtle.