| he creators of “Ice Age” deserve a heartfelt standing ovation for this crowd-pleasing animated adventure. Children in the single digit age group accompanied by their lucky parents are in for a fun treat.
Based on one of the 44 world famous books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, this 80-minute feature film combines suspense with physical slapstick comedy. It expands the story and adds new characters.
Horton (voice of Jim Carrey) is the heroic elephant with big ears who hears a faint yelp from a speck of dust. He places it safely on a pink clover and discovers the speck contains the friendly town of Who-ville.
A sour authoritarian mother Kangaroo (Carol Burnett) doubts the existence of the microscopic parallel world. She claims, “If you can’t see, hear or feel it, then it doesn’t exist.”
Horton makes verbal contact and has a running conversation with the Mayor (Steve Carell). The Mayor has a wife, 96 daughters and a misunderstood son named Jo-Jo.
The movie has two positive lessons. One is to make noise since every voice counts. The other stems from Horton’s famous line, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Charles Osgood (host of “CBS News Sunday Morning”) keeps things on track serving as narrator with his wonderfully soothing voice. He offers familiar rhyming verses from the book.
Horton has a new pal in Morton (Seth Rogen), a blue mouse. Kangaroo hires Vlad, a scary-looking vulture, to do her dirty work in snatching the fleck away from Horton.
Children will be enthralled with the imaginative visual effects and the way objects move on screen. Colorful scenery is meticulously displayed in the jungle vegetation of Nool and the structures of Who-ville.
Other strengths are the sound effects, tight editing, a laugh-filled script and top-notch voice work.
Keith Cohen, The Movie Guy