Horton Hears a Who (2008) voices Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett directed by Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino Movie Review

Horton Hears a Who (2008)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Horton Hears a Who (2008) voices Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett

Not Got a Who

Horton, the elephant was having a normal sort of day until he heard what he is sure was a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. Feeling obligated to help this speck of dust he learns that it is home to the Whos who live in Whoville and need Horton to find them a safer home than resting on a clover flower. Trouble is his neighbours think other wise as they don't believe there is a voice coming from the speck of dust on the clover flower.

Never, ever have I read a Dr. Suess book, neither as a child nor as an adult yet so popular are these books that the image of the cat in the hat is familiar to me and somehow I sort of knew the Grinch story before I watched the Jim Carrey Christmas movie. Now as per usual there is a reason why I mention this as it put me at odds when I sat down to "Horton Hears a Who" because I hadn't got a clue to what it was about and whilst having watched it amused me it didn't blow me away.

In many ways "Horton Hears a Who" is made for those already familiar with the story and so they can enjoy the comical animations and the fun voicing from various recognizable stars bringing what they know to life. And in truth for those like me who don't know the story the appeal is sort of the same except the storyline doesn't capture you as much. I suppose in truth it makes "Horton Hears a Who" just another animation which relies heavily on the comedy of the animators to make it work.

What this all boils down to is that "Horton Hears a Who" is a fun animation and I am sure for those who grew up having read the book will enjoy it more. But for those who don't know the story it ends up almost like a series of cartoon set pieces which whilst amusing doesn't work well enough to get you gripped by the story.