By Clint Morris
Horton may have been hearing a â€˜Whoâ€™, but thatâ€™s much more interesting than hearing Crickets â€“ something theatres screening the last couple of Jim Carrey movies have been hearing (rather than loud, popcorn-chewing audiences).
The good news is, and despite the fact itâ€™s a toon, Carreyâ€™s return to Seuss-ville (he also starred in another Dr Seuss book cum film â€˜â€™How the Grinch Stole Christmasâ€™â€™) â€“ or rather, Whoville â€“ near independently erases every wrong move the Canadian comic has made the last couple of years (well, perhaps not everything â€“ â€œFun with Dick and Janeâ€ is still giving many nightmares). And believe it or not, heâ€™s playing an Elephant.
First things first : Yes, â€œHorton Hears a Whoâ€ is aimed at kids, but like â€œIce Ageâ€ and â€œToy Storyâ€, includes enough over-their-head-humour and amusing characters to amuse and entertain even the more senior of audience members.
The flick fixes on an imaginative elephant named Horton (Carrey), who swears he hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on that speck and in spite of a neighbouring hamlet which thinks he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help.
What the elephant discovers, thanks to the tiny kindly town Mayor (Steve Carell), is that heâ€™s holding the fate of â€˜Whovilleâ€™ in his hands â€“ or rather on the clover that the speck of dust is sitting on â€“ and must find a safe place to rest the speck before the imperceptible town is obliterated.
Whilst previous Seuss adaptations, â€œGrinchâ€ and (the woeful) â€œCat in the Hatâ€ were live-action, â€œHortonâ€ is animated â€“ beautifully animated. The colours bounce off the screen, the detail sharper than anything you can set your set-top box too, and the voice-cast – which also includes Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Isla Fisher â€“ are absolutely fantastic.
It may be a bit lightweight in terms of its storyline â€“ even then, a lot has been added to the film that wasnâ€™t in the book â€“ but its lively voice-cast and cute array of characters more than makeâ€™s up for any thinness in yarn.
Commentary and Deleted Scenes
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.