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Horton Hears a Who!
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Horton Hears a Who is a 2008 American computer-animated musical adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, and was produced by Blue Sky Studios. It features the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. Released on March 14, 2008 by 20th Century Fox, it received generally positive reviews, and grossed $297 million on a budget of $85 million.


On the 15th of May in the Jungle of Nool, a tiny dust speck is pushed off a flower. Meanwhile, a caring, imaginative elephant named Horton (Jim Carrey), the jungle's nature teacher, takes a dip in the pool. The dust speck floats past him in the air, and he hears a tiny yelp coming from it. Believing that an entire family of microscopic creatures are living on that speck, he places it atop a clover. Horton finds out the speck harbors the city of Whoville and its inhabitants, led by Mayor Ned McDodd (Steve Carell). He has a wife, Sally (Amy Poehler), 96 daughters (whose names all begin with the letter H), and one teenage son named JoJo (Jesse McCartney). Despite being the oldest and next in line for the mayoral position, JoJo doesn't want to be mayor, and because he's so scared of disappointing his father, he rarely ever speaks.

The Mayor finds out from Dr. LaRue (Isla Fisher) that Whoville will be destroyed if Horton does not find a "safer, more stable home." Horton resolves to place the speck atop Mt. Nool, the safest place in the jungle. The Sour Kangaroo (Carol Burnett), not believing Horton's beliefs, tries to get Horton to give up the speck, but Horton refuses. Also taking force toward Horton are the Wickersham Brothers, a group of bullying monkeys who love making misery. The Kangaroo eventually enlists a vulture named Vlad Vladikoff (Will Arnett) to get rid of the speck by force.

Vlad manages to steal the clover from Horton and drops it into a field of identical clovers. After picking nearly 3,000,000 clovers, Horton eventually recovers the clover. The Kangaroo finds out that Horton still has the speck, and decides to rally the jungle community into confronting Horton by telling lies that Horton's goal will lead to anarchy. The Kangaroo demands Horton to give up the speck. When Horton refuses, in spite of his heartfelt speech, she orders the animals to rope and cage him and to have Whoville destroyed by means of a pot of boiling beezelnut oil as punishment for "making up stories about people on specks". The Mayor enlists all of his people to make noise by shouting "We are here", as well as playing a variety of instruments, so the animals may hear them. Jane takes the clover and drops it into the boiling oil. At the last minute, JoJo grabs the horn used to project Horton's voice, runs up the highest tower, and yells "YOPP!", breaking through the sound barrier just before the speck hits the oil. Kangaroo's son, Rudy (Josh Flitter) grabs the clover and returns it to Horton, refusing his mother's orders to return to her pouch. The animals realize that Horton was right and, thinking that she was just trying to crush Horton's spirit and build her own reputation in the jungle, shun the Kangaroo for tricking them. While being praised for his integrity by his neighbors, Horton forgives the Kangaroo, and she accepts his friendship, finally believing that there are people on the speck. Here, the people of Whoville and the animals of Nool gather in song and recite the chorus from "Can't Fight This Feeling". The film ends with the narrator revealing that the Jungle of Nool, or rather Earth, is just one speck, among numerous others, floating in the universe.


Transcript may be viewed here.


  • Jim Carrey - Horton
  • Steve Carell - Mayor
  • Carol Burnett - Kangaroo
  • Will Arnett - Vlad
  • Seth Rogen - Morton
  • Dan Fogler - Councilman, Yummo Wickersham
  • Isla Fisher - Dr. Mary Lou Larue
  • Jonah Hill - Tommy
  • Amy Poehler - Sally O'Malley
  • Jaime Pressly - Mrs. Quilligan
  • Charles Osgood - Narrator
  • Josh Flitter - Rudy
  • Niecy Nash - Miss Yelp
  • Jesse McCartney - Jojo
  • Shelby Adamowsky - Hedy, Hooly
  • Jack Angel - Old Time Who
  • Caitlin Rose Anderson - Helen
  • Emily Anderson - Heather
  • Jan Rabson - Town Cryer
  • John Cygan - Who
  • Jess Harnell - Another Who
  • Debi Derryberry - Who Mom
  • Samantha Raye Droke - Hildy, Holly
  • Karen Disher - Who Kid
  • Marshall Efron - Wickersham Guard #1
  • Bill Farmer - Willie Bear
  • Jason Fricchione - Joe
  • Heather Goldenhersh - Who Girl
  • Selena Gomez - Helga
  • Jimmy Hayward - Obnoxious Who
  • Joey King - Katie
  • Christina Martino - Heidi, Haley
  • Ellie Martino - Hanna
  • Laraine Newman - Glummox Mom
  • Tim Nordquist - Wickersham Guard #2
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey - Angela
  • Laura Ortiz - Jessica
  • Joe Pasquale - The Dentist
  • Connor Anderson - Who Child #1

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