At first, I couldn’t understand why my young daughter was so insistent that we watch a cartoon movie that she was literally trying to drag me from my lazy chair to go and see “Horton.”
My daughter doesn’t usually behave that way, and so I got curious why she’s raving mad about this movie.
After watching the film, I found out why: This movie has miraculous powers!
It can remove all the hardness on people’s heart and can make them feel young again and laugh their hearts out at the same time.
No wonder “Horton” is on top of the box-office charts for a second straight weekend in America alone with $25.1 million, according to studio estimates. Featuring the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, the movie raised its 10-day total to $85.5 million.
“Horton” fended off a rush of new movies opening over Easter weekend.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” that’s the quote from the movie as spoken by Horton the Elephant – a simple yet eye-popping truism that could be the rallying cry of all oppressed peoples in the world.
I thoroughly agree with movie reviewer Rebecca Murray who said that “Horton” is not only hugely entertaining and brilliantly voiced, it also “works its way into the hearts of its audience – and age simply doesn’t matter.”
“The classic Dr Seuss tale springs to life on the big screen using a color palette so vibrant you may feel the urge to don a pair of shades. Although the animation itself isn’t groundbreaking in its technique, it is perfectly in keeping with the tone and style of Dr Seuss’ work,” Murray said.
Jim Carrey provides the voice for Horton, a goofy elephant with a bubbly personality. He matches wits with Kangaroo (voiced by Carol Burnett), a woman who doesn’t believe Horton’s story that small people live inside the speck clinging to a flower he holds.
Horton’s mission is to find a safe place for the small people of Whoville who lives inside the speck. Whoville is led by the Mayor (voiced by Steve Carell), who has 96 daughters and a single son.
I wouldn’t reveal to you how the story unfolds since I don’t want to take out the element of surprise. You just go out there and enjoy the movie with your children, your mate or whoever you feel like sharing some laughs with.
I guarantee more than a hour of sheer delight and fun – and bonding with your loved ones at the same time.
Above, Kangaroo confronts Elephant in this scene from “Horton.” Below, the Mayor of Whoville. (Photos from 20th Century Fox)