The work of Dr. Seuss has an admittedly lackluster history when it comes to big screen adaptations.
While Chuck Jones' animated Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a beloved, generation-spanning holiday classic, Ron Howard's The Grinch proved to be an abomination, bereft of the original's magic and weighed down with an overabundance of additional material. Mike Myers' Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, a ridiculous and, at times, downright creepy presentation of another Seuss classic, fared little better.
Perhaps it is proof of our culture's deep and abiding love of writer and cartoonist Dr. Seuss that Hollywood keeps trying, again and again, until they finally get one right. And while Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! may not be that perfect film, it certainly comes the closest so far.
As if atoning for his sins in The Grinch, Jim Carrey returns as the voice of Horton the Elephant, a playful pachyderm of boundless imagination whose enormous ears allow him to hear a barely audible cry for help emanating from a tiny speck of dust floating through his jungle. It turns out that voice is but one among thousands. For on that single microscopic speck live the sub-atomic Whos in their infinitesimal city of Who-ville, led by their bumbling but well-intentioned Mayor (Steve Carell).
Of course, the Mayor doesn't know he's microscopic any more than Horton imagines his is a universe of gargantuan size. While neither can fathom each other's existence at first, nor what such a revelation means in the big picture, they cannot ignore the evidence before them.
It isn't long before Horton's friends think he has lost his mind. Determined to save the tiny particle and deposit it somewhere in the jungle where it will be safe from harm (any time ...