Monday, 24 March 2008

Horton Hears A Who (2008) Review

Theodor Seuss Geisel. Well known for his classic children's books written under the pen name of Dr Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and even Green Eggs and Ham. Many of his works have been recreated and honored in many form, and now a CG fim adaptation of Horton Hears A Who has worked its way to the silver screen.

The plot is simple; Horton is an elephant. A big blundering elephant, unpopular with adults, but good friends with the children. One day, Horton hears a high-pitched squeal from a floating speck, inhabited by little people called the 'Whos', who live in 'Who-ville'.

Setting himself the task of protecting these miniature people, Horton risks his already dangerously low reputation to save thousands of microscopic Whos.

The animation in the film is rather impressive. The characters looks and feel just like their book counterparts. The acting helped push the reality of the characters, and they felt very diverse - the mayor of Who-ville, Ned, voiced by the hilarious Steve Carell, has family problems throughout, which he solves during the course of the film; this makes the characters feel less like cartoon figures and more like real people.

If you're a fan of Dr Seuss' wacky worlds and feel-good stories, go ahead and watch the film! But if you're looking for a more serious adventure, consider something else.