LIFE ON ANIME
FILM: Dr.Seuss’ Horton hears a who
DIRECTOR: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
CAST: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Seth Rogen
20th Century fox’s Horton Hears a Who is a refreshing break from the monotonous life we lead, as it provides a journey through the triviality of life, and those silly little enigmas that are often brushed aside by us.
A piece of cinema that takes you into it seldom makes you look for credibility: Flaws show nowhere when you ingest a movie totally, and Horton is one such. Horton (Carrey) an elephant, comes across a speck that speaks to him, and he comes to know that the voice belongs to a rather grumpy Mayor (Carell) in a world called Whoville which is subjected to strange climatic changes, and must be taken to a safe place at once. Horton volunteers, but is confronted by a vulture called Vlad along with a battalion of apes, hired by a power-mongering lady Kangaroo (Carol). Whether he manages to save Whoville, and whether he manages to convince the wicked Roo is the plot.
Horton is a refreshing movie, particularly noteworthy because of a narration that actually rhymes, and some extreme digital animation that makes the first ten-minute sequence of the speck’s journey a marvel. Equally awing are Horton’s acrobatics, and a sequence in a gigantic clover field that is so lush, you can smell it.
It has a refrain in the narration, and also in Horton’s quotes: “A person’s a person, however small”. It lives up to it, interestingly, for in no place is a meander from the main stream. The movie is feel-good stuff, no doubt, but it still is quite deep, exploring the nuances of truth, belief, godliness, and the power innocence has in this world.
A must watch to quench this summer’s thirst for good movies. And of course, Horton is for all ages; After all, a person’s still a person, however small!!!