Horton Hears A Who!
"On the fifteenth of May, in the jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool. He was splashing...enjoying the jungle's great joys...When Horton the elephant heard a small noise."

We all know and love the creative and breathtaking stories that the late Dr. Seuss has introduced to the world. Although not many successful big screen adaptations, these are the stories of my childhood. Sitting in the waiting rooms of doctors offices, barber shops, school libraries, and even in my own book shelves; Those colorful hard back books occupy many rooms in my childhood memories.

Horton Hears a Who! is probably one of the better adaptations of the Doctor's work but still somewhere along the way misses the integrity of its source material. I don't know if it's the computer generated worlds or the super star voices, but something distracts the imagination of my childhood. And believe me...although in my twenties I still deeply live within the world of my imaginary childhood.

There were some pretty amazing sequences added to the Seuss tale. The opening sequence has one of the best animated openings I've seen. Horton's fantastical journeys into anime kung fu was definitely the most comedic moment of the movie. Even his dip into the original art work during a fantasy was nice touch. Another surprising favorite was the final song of the movie.

The movements and concepts of some of the creatures were very impressive and brought a new form of life to the books characters. The rats quick movements and the vultures vampirical moves were all exciting to see.

I thought Steve Carell's performances was stronger than Jim Carrey's but Jim had the better scenes. The other supporting actors like Seth Rogen and Carol Burnett were but foot notes within the over all performances of the two super star comedians.

I enjoyed the movie for what it was. Unfortunately their is still an undetermined force keeping the excitement and glee of my childhood at bay. But hey...I can still appreciate a movie for a movie, no matter how small.

Reviewed by: shea
5 Comment(s)
Andy said...
I thought it was good. 3 stars is about right though. The kung fu scene was one of my favorite things. I think it might have worked better if it had only been an hour or done more to make the extra 30 minutes build instead of just being filler. But it had some really funny scenes that made it worth it.
This is on Mrs. Fletch's watch list, so it's probably in my future. I can't say I'm all that excited to see it, but at least it doesn't sound too bad.
Shea said...
yeah fletch...dont be excited just sit back and enjoy it for what it is.
I continue to be more and more impressed with Carell. Jim Carey is an obvious cartoon voice, but even still does not really create the Horton character. It's simply Jim Carey while a cartoon elephant moves it's mouth. Brilliant, funny, and a great cartoon character, but not nearly measuring up to Carell. Carell is convincing, and creates a character similar to but ultimately different enough from Michael Scott, Dan in Real Life, and the psychotic squirrel.

I would agree with your assessment of the film, and would draw additional attention to Carell.

I was expecting a little more from Burnette. She seems like she would have made a classic kids cartoon character, even in an antagonist sort of role, but she did not nail it in my opinion.

Hmm. That's a little much for a comment on cartoon that I really didn't even get all that into... maybe I'm just bored :)
Andy said...
Yeah she had one of the weakest performances.