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Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who

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  Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
6.26 /10
Voiced by: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett
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Directed by: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Written by: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul, based on the book by Dr Seuss

Released: 2008
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 86

Colourful fantasy for children below the age of ten.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who is an entertaining trifle that would have been much better as a short film. It feels like a child’s picture book padded out to feature length, which is precisely what it is.

Jim Carrey is on blessedly restrained, gently amusing form as Horton, a goofy, accident-prone elephant who’s convinced he is the guardian of a city called Whoville, that he has found on a floating speck of dust. His instinct is to preserve Whoville at all costs, because (as he says repeatedly) “A person’s a person, no matter how small”. But Horton becomes first a laughing stock, then a public enemy, for his belief.

The film is an endearing little paean to nonconformity, responsibility and kindliness. It isn’t as funny or cleverly sustained as the best animated films from Pixar (Toy Story, The Incredibles, etc), but it will entertain small children, and shouldn’t bore their parents either.

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