Horton Hears a Who!

Horton the Elephant hears a cry for help from a speck of dust and comes to the aid of the very tiny inhabitants of Whoville, even though he cannot see them.

By Bill Wine

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Now here's a review of Horton Hears a Who!
The third Dr. Seuss flick tops the other two.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was good for a laugh,
But The Cat in the Hat was a mess and a half.

Both were live action, which felt off the mark,
But here's animation that's got the right spark.

It matches the absurdist style of Seuss,
And captures young viewers with just the right juice.

The story on tap, as if you don't know,
Involves a fun jungle where beasts come and go.

Horton's an elephant, playful and kind,
With hearing as sharp as his remarkable mind.

When he thinks there's a scream from a small speck of dust,
He can't really see it, but guard it he must.

Sure, they're microscopic, these people called Whos,
But this is their world, which they don’t want to lose.

Horton's friends ridicule him, and they don’t believe,
That the mayor of Whoville is not make-believe.

He's one tiny creature who turns up one morning,
Issuing Whoville a true global warning.

So each of these heroic outcasts persists,
In seeking to prove that the other exists.

Jim Carrey gives voice to a Horton who's swell,
While Whoville's odd mayor comes from Steve Carell.

Lucky young viewers have a real treat in store,
With food for thought and sight gags galore.

This little flick's message to folks one and all:
A person's a person, no matter how small.

Few movies are aimed right at kids three to nine,
But here's one cartoon that's both humble and fine.

So grandparents seeking a G-rated flick,
Will find that this Horton is one nifty trick.

It won’t do your grandchildren one ounce of harm,
And will impress you with its wit and its charm.

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