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JCO's Review of "Horton"20 Mar 2008
By Ryan Al-Hakim (Web correspondent)
For those that have yet to see Jim's new animation film "Horton Hears a Who!" perhaps you would like to read a review of the film as seen by myself at a regional premiere, just so you know what you are to expect when you see the film for yourselves!
The cinema was full and the atmosphere electric before the film with everybody anticipating the arrival of Horton the elephant. The free candy floss machine was being worked within an inch of its life by excited children whilst their parents enjoyed the complimentary popcorn and milkshakes given to all. The audience also received huge horton posters in our hospitality packages.
Once the film began it was immediately apparent that the quality threshold of the film was going to be high as the animation and environment detail was nothing short of fantastic. The people at Blue Sky have really done an excellent job on the visual front. A beautiful and vibrant world will greet you as soon as the film starts a world which must be seen to be fully appreciated.
© Blue Sky Studios
Within the opening scenes we are introduced to all the characters at which point the audience seemed to form an almost fraternal bond with Horton and his crew. Each animal has its own unique personality that shines through from the moment we meet them As the film progresses the laughs follow, it really is as funny as we had hoped it would be. The chemistry from "Bruce Almighty" is back for "Horton Hears a Who!" between Jim and Steve who both give exceptional performances and excellently convay the qualities of their respective characters to the viewers in the cinema.
The rest of the cast are all stars in their own right, a personal favorite being Vlad the would be assassin played by Will Arnett. The Vulture has a genuine comic feel which brings some hilarious scenes to the film when he is sent to kill Horton who always manages to evade his winged rival much to Vlad's regret.
Carol Burnett puts in a stellar performance as Kangeroo and her contempt for Horton is almost palpable which makes their relationship all the more believable and enjoyable.
Other points in the film which I personally loved was a scene where Horton must cross a bridge with a "drop to certain death". As you can imagine an elephant crossing a bridge is a humorous thought in itself but when combined with the fact that the elephant is Jim Carrey you have the making of a very funny moment. Furthermore a scene where the mayor goes to the dentist cannot do anything but please. You will know what I mean when you see the film.
© Blue Sky Studios
"Horton Hears a Who!" is a great film that the whole family can enjoy together. Once you add the excellently conceived visuals and superb cast what may have been considered a two dimensional experience suddenly becomes much more.
I rate Horton as one of the best animations available and gets a strong 9/10 from me. I would have liked to see more from Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill but with that said their contributions to the film are great.
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