The Elephant Is Still Faithful, 100%
On December 9th, 2008, Fox Home Entertainment released the beloved animated taleDr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!on a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) including Digital Copy.
Already featured for the first time as a brand new balloon in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 27, 2008, Dr. Seuss’ book Horton Hears a Who! (1954), comes to life with the help of an all-star voice cast including Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Bruce Almighty), Golden Globe® winner Steve Carell (“The Office,” Get Smart), and six-time Emmy® Award winner Carol Burnett (“The Carol Burnett Show”). Dr. Seuss’ whimsical tale imparts to children and adults alike the meaning of compassion, forgiveness and faith.
Horton the elephant who lives a pleasant life in the Jungle of Nool, spending time swimming, basking in the sun, and teaching the animal children about leaf bugs, until he happens to hear a speck as it floats by. Sensing something… or someone is in trouble, Horton sets out to rescue the speck. He discovers the tiny world of Whoville, and meets the mayor. Everyone in Nool thinks Horton has lost his mind as he talks about the voices coming from the speck, and everyone in Whoville thinks the Mayor has lost his mind when he talks about the giant elephant who holds the future of their world in his… trunk. Horton faces great obstacles and danger as he attempts to save the small world. In the end, he is captured by his foes. All he has to do is admit there is nothing in the speck, and he can return to life as he knew it, avoiding a painful life of derision in a cage. However, “an elephant is faithful, 100%”, and Horton will not give up the speck or the invisible lives therein. After all, “a person’s a person, not matter how small.”
Horton Hears a Who! seems to have a very clear message about faith as Horton and the Mayor come to believe in each other — Horton in a world he cannot see, and the Mayor in a Saviour he can only hear through a drainpipe. The small world of Whoville faces certain destruction, but in the end the small world is saved by the 100% faithful elephant. There are all sorts of spiritual parallels, including how the small world of Whoville was blown off track to begin with.
Beyond the possible spiritual and political implications, Horton Hears a Who! is funny and touching tale that will appeal to young and old alike. The Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) including Digital Copy are loaded with bonus features, big and small. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! includes a commentary with directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, eight featurettes, exclusive deleted footage and the debut of the Ice Age short “Surviving Sid.”
To read a more in-depth review includind DVD and Blu-Ray extra features, go to Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Releases on DVD – a Movie Review
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