Horton Hears A Who: Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Dec 13th, 2008

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Starring Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Isla Fisher, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett
Written By: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Directed By: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who will be the hit DVD this holiday season. Children and adults will like this star-studded animated feature. I thought the movie was a cute one but I think this could have been a whole lot better.

Horton Hears a Who is about a playful elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey) who lives in Nool. One day while goofing off in a lake, he notices a speck of dust flying in the air. What was strange was that the speck was talking and crying for help. Horton realizes that the speck is actually a small civilization known as Whoville, and begins to come in contact with the Mayor (Steve Carell). Everyone at Nool thinks Horton is crazy since no one else can hear the tiny people. Elephants have big ears ya see. Horton does his best to protect the people of Whoville, but the people of Nool have other plans.

Animation aside, I thought Horton Hears a Who wasn’t as impressive as other animated movies that have come out this year. It was a cute film that kids will love, but I’m not sure all adults will like this. To me, the film got boring in spots. Or maybe I was just tired and needed a power nap? I did like the way it was animated, and the look of the movie was great. But story-wise, I think they stretched things out too much with a small book. I thought there should have been more narration because that was at least sticking to the Dr Seuss material. You gotta love rhyming narration!

I usually like Jim Carrey, but he was over-doing things in this movie. He was just a little bit too animated, even for a cartoon movie. I think if he toned it down, he would have been more tolerable. Steve Carell was fine, but the rest of the cast wasn’t that noticeable. I didn’t even know who any of them were until the credits rolled. Maybe that’s a good thing? I did notice Carol Burnett and Seth Rogen though. It’s good to see Burnett doing more movies.

The Special Edition DVD has a few things to watch after you’re done with the movie. There’s an all new Ice Age animated short, a few featurettes on the making of the Horton Hears a Who, deleted scenes, animatic scenes, games and more! I liked seeing the animation behind the scenes stuff since I wish I was an animator. It’s always cool to see how they made the characters. The other featurettes, seeing the actor’s voice out their dialogue was neat to see as well.

Horton Hears a Who will please the kids, but parents and adults might be bored with this. I know I was getting bored with this but it was a cute one. It has just enough whimsical Dr Seuss stuff in it, and I like the animation style. It’s not at detailed as a movie like Wall-E but it fits the style of Dr. Seuss. Overall, I think this movie could have been better in some areas like the story, acting and overall execution. But parents will like this because it will keep the kids quiet for an hour and a half.

Disc One:
– Audio Commentary by Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino
– All-New Ice Age Short: Surviving Sid
– Sneak Peek at Ice Age 3
– Deleted Footage and Animation Screen Tests
– Bringing the Characters to Life Featurette
– That’s One Big Elephant: Animating Horton Featurette
– Meet Katie Featurette
– Bringing Seuss to Screen Featurette
– The Elephant in the Room: Jim Carrey Featurette
– A Person Is a Person: A Universal Message Featurette
– Our Speck: Where Do We Fit In? Featurette
– Elephant Fun: The Facts Featurette
– We Are Here! Game
– DVD-ROM Activity: Create Your Own Animation

Disc Two:
– Digital Copy of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! for Portable Media Players

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

English, Spanish

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Rating: G
Running Time: 86 minutes
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