Saturday, March 8, 2008


No, not that new thing coming to a multiplex near you. This is the original madcap adventure from the mind of Dr. Seuss with the crazy animation skills of the one and only Chuck Jones.
When a small puff lands near an elephant taking a bath, the elephant, Horton by name, hears a cry for help. While no one else in the forest can hear it, Horton sticks to his guns and saves the small Whos that inhabit the microscopic bit of fluff from the tyrannical grasp of a wicked kangaroo and her monkey flunkies.
While the basic theme is a person is a person, no matter who small, this particular cartoon opens up a whole can of worms. The creatures on the dust mote are called Whos. Are these the same Whos that inhabit the tale of The Grinch That Stole Christmas? If not, do those Whos inhabit another dust speck somewhere else. And in a weird science fiction twist, Professor Who ends the cartoon with a dust speck landing in front of him and he hears voices coming from that.
It reminds me of the scene in Animal House where Tom Hulce and Donald Sutherland get into a conversation about how our universe is a molecule in the thumbnail of some giant and that we might harbor such universes within our own genetic makeup. Deep stuff for a cartoon, but Dr. Seuss was never one to talk down to the kiddies.
Warner Brothers gives us a gorgeous remastered look to the cartoon that is been a favorite of households the world over.
In addition to that we get three more Seuss classics in The Butter Battle Book, Daisy-Head Mayzie and Horton Hatches The Egg, where our titular elephant starts another fuss with his jungle brethren. There is also a fantastic documentary In Search Of Dr. Seuss and a singalong music video as well. A packed disc that makes this edition of this beloved children's classic the one that everyone should own.

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