"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.