Horton saves the day!

How many Dr. Seuss lovers do we have out there, whether they are lovers of his rhymes, books or movies? I personally love all of Dr. Seuss’ creations. That’s why this week’s movie review is on “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”

 Horton was released in theaters on March 31, 2008 and has a running time of one hour and 28 minutes and is rated G for General Audiences.

Many movies made from the Dr. Seuss books have been made famous, including  “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and Dr. Seuss’ newest film released on March 2, “The Lorax,” which is currently playing at Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihu‘e.

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” basically has a single plot line. Horton (the voice of Jim Carrey) is an elephant who believes he has found a microscopic community on top of a leaf because he hears a tiny scream coming from a leaf one day while taking his morning stroll.

However, despite Horton’s belief in trying to explain to the rest of his neighbors in the jungle that there is someone or something on top of this tiny leaf, his neighbors don’t believe him. As we all know, elephants have big ears, which could be the reason why Horton is the only one who hears these tiny creatures. Despite no help or belief from his neighbors, Horton feels it’s his duty to help save these creatures and he does everything in his power to do so.

As time moves on, Horton gets to know more and more about these creatures living on this leaf. He finds out that he has been communicating with the mayor up in someplace called Whoville.

Many Whos live in Whoville and they need to be protected and put someplace safe in order for them to survive. The mayor explains that Whoville has many families and friends on this tiny space,  and to them it is a whole world they are living on.

The mayor continues explaining there are schools and children, hospitals and offices. Whoville is a whole world for the Whos. Horton then makes a promise to Mr. Mayor, promising him and all of Whoville that he will do whatever he has to, fighting any obstacles in his way to protect his new friends of Whoville and the mayor. The mayor and the rest of his community are relieved to find out that their home is in the hands of a brave elephant and thank Horton. Horton then gets a grand idea, bringing the Whos to safety by taking them to the top of a high mountain, where no one can ever harm the Whos again.

Horton plans his journey to get the Whos to safety, where he fights many obstacles and, at one point, almost loses his life and the Whos. However, Horton does bring the Whos to safety and is crowned the hero in both communities — the home of Horton, and the home of the Whos in Whoville.

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” is a remarkable story about friendship, determination and loyalty. Horton is a movie I recommend for all ages. As it is animated, this movie is full of color and laughter. It’s a movie that can entertain children and children at heart for hours. I highly recommend this movie for your next date night. I rate this movie 9.5 out of 10. Dr. Seuss never ceases to amaze me and, in this movie, he does it again.

• Chloe Marchant, paginator and date-night columnist, is ready for your questions and recommendations for movie reviews at entertainment@kauaitimes.net


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