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Horton Hears a Who!

Horton Hears a Who
Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen and Isla Fisher

Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: March 14, 2008 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

The studio behind Ice Age makes this 1954 Dr. Seuss book rather fun for all ages, especially young fry.

What's just right in this adapatation of Theodore Geisel is having it done with CGI animation, as this sweet fable rendered in glorious colorful detail has been bulked up a bit in the plot. Which may not be so good for those accompanying the kids.

Horton Hears A Who! is set in the Jungle of Nool. An air-head of an elephant named Horton (voiced by Jim Carrey) listens closely to a speck of dust which actually is Who-ville and its Mayor (voiced by Steve Carell). It seems that this very tiny world can only be saved by this large oblivious hero.

In Horton's milieu, there are problems from the sternly imperious Kangaroo (voiced by legendary comedienne Carol Burnett). So the queen of the jungle has retained enforcing eagle (voiced by Will Arnett) and a simian group to thwart his efforts.

The dynamic here invites plenty of kinetic energy and more of a parable slate, beyond the main, reiterated motif that "a person's a person no matter how small". Some may ponder why Kangaroo's villainous side comes out against Horton who has piqued many imaginations.

The voice cast offers much energy, with Carrey and Burnett perhaps too manic. But, there's plenty of personality and attitude, notably from Carell and Seth Rogen as a deadpan mouse. Even Isla Fisher is enjoyable, if hardly noticeable as Mary-Lou Who.

The filmmaking by directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino might be overloaded in the action department, but always keeps the audience involved, right from the nifty opening tracking shot. This is a risible, mostly brisk ride, mindful of faith and honesty. And, this vividly eventful version of Dr. Seuss even has some timely subtext for older folks when it comes to the tenous state of political affairs.

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