Horton Hears a Who (Blu-ray)

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Horton the elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 208785613
UPC 024543541479
UPC 14 00024543541479
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/18/2014
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Carrey,Jim
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Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" succeeds to a point in putting the Hollywood spin on Theodor S. Geisel's beloved children's book about an elephant defending a microscopic civilization...Very young children will find plenty to giggle over in the manic slapstick of this latest computer-animated adventure from Blue Sky Studios, the outfit behind the "Ice Age" flicks. And Blue Sky's creations are a solid transmutation of Seuss' odd storybook world into digital images...The result is more amiable than the live-action "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carrey, who returns to Who-Ville this time as the voice of Horton the elephant. And "Horton" is a huge leap beyond the atrocious live-action "The Cat in the Hat" with Mike Myers...All three Seuss renderings share a common problem: The padding needed to take them to the big screen diminish the story, leaving more to gawk at but less to savor...There was barely material enough for the 1970 half-hour TV version of "Horton Hears a Who!" so imagine the stretching and stuffing that went into this. Everything Horton does drags on rather tediously...Still, the animation itself is vibrant, occasionally dazzling, loaded with detail that helps bring the whimsy of Seuss' world to life. And there's Seuss' moral - that a "person's a person no matter how small."
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Reviewer David Germain
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Admittedly, it's been about 35 years since I was reader of Dr. Seuss, but my memories of his books are that they're short and economical with words. Neither of those descriptions applies to this theatrical version of Horton Hears a Who!, which has found a way to take a thin, pithy book and stretch it out to feature length - despite the fact that a completely acceptable and much shorter version already exists. This is not the first time the good doctor's material has undergone such stretching. The live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas survived the experience but The Cat in the Hat suffered fate worse than eating green eggs and ham. Horton Hears a Who! doesn't enter the live-action realm, which is probably a good thing, but the lengthened result has its own charm and is enjoyable in a family-friendly sort of way, even if it feels a little like Dr. Seuss by way of Ice Age...Fundamentally, Horton Hears a Who! is a kids' movie but, as is often the case with today's animated features, care is taken to include material that works on two levels. This enables adults who accompany their offspring to stave off boredom. While I would not place Horton Hears a Who! on the same level as some of the best animated films, it's acceptable family fare...Few kids who seek out Horton will regret doing so - a view perhaps shared by those who ferry them fro.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Carrey,Jim
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
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Claudia Puig, USA Today The look of the story is an undeniable treat, and the message it weaves is both funny and sweet.
Ella Taylor, LA Weekly Warm, playful and inventive...with a respectful doffing of the cap to Geisel's exuberantly wacky visual style.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com ...a feature-length reparation for the appalling live-action versions of Seuss' books we've endured over the last few years.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
Travis Nichols, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...a loving and attentive take on a charming classic.

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