johnlink ranks HORTON HEARS A WHO! (2008)

Didn’t plan it this way, but I watched another Jim Carrey movie. This one was more because it was 1 AM and we had an 80 minute movie on the HDDVR. I had mild interest in this one, and was hoping to be overwhelmed with kiddy happiness!

HORTON HEARS A WHO! is the story of an elephant (voiced by Jim Carrey) who finds a speck which is the home of an entire race of Whos. The mayor of Whoville (voiced by Steve Carell) is the only one who can communicate with the elephant. It becomes apparent that the elephant needs to get the Whos to safety.

I watched HORTON HEARS A WHO! on 6.30.09. It was my first viewing of the film.

NOTE: THIS RANKING UTILIZES THIS SITE’S ORIGINAL SYSTEMIC ARTICLE WRITING METHOD. THE METHOD BY WHICH THE RANKINGS WERE ARRIVED AT, HOWEVER, REMAINS THE SAME.

FILM

This is rare to say about a non-Pixar animated movie, but I feel like I need to watch this again to grasp all the themes. Is it pro-God in the way that a small community is saved by a large unseen force who communicates with only a few? Or is it anti-God in that the force is actually a dumb elephant who just means well? There is an element which embraces non-conformity, in that the leads are speaking out for the unseen in which others have no faith. Yet, on the other hand, the mayor insists his son be his heir no matter what, an idea which is not abandoned in the end when the son’s merits are finally revealed.

There is a lot to ponder. Yet I’m not sure the movie makes any clear statements other than ‘A person is a person no matter how small.’ A noble concept, but one that does not seem fulfilled by the many conflicting themes within the film. SCORE: 5

MOVIE

Has its moments. There are a few scenes which are very funny, but they are balanced by some which are tedious. There is more fun than boring, but I can’t help but feel like this was a long 80 minute movie, which seems impossible. SCORE: 5

ACTING

My animated movie rankings consider how the animation tells the story, as well as the voice work. This is one of the few movies which feels like the animators didn’t fully embrace its voice actors. Usually the animation truly reflects the spirit of the voice. The ultimate example being the Genie in ALADDIN. The animators here never seem to really get Carrey or Carell, and the pictures seem to not match up with the sounds and voice work we hear. SCORE: 4.

WRITING

I felt like GRINCH did a much better job extrapolating plot out of a short Seuss story. The best stuff in this script is the Seuss stuff, the filler (like Vlad) feels forced. Both Carrey and Carell seem to riff a little too much, and (I repeat) there doesn’t seem to be quite enough to fill the full 80 minutes SCORE: 4

FINAL TALLY

FILM: 5; MOVIE: 5; ACTING: 4; WRITING: 4

5+5+4+4+0=18

FINAL SCORE: 4.5

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~ by johnlink00 on June 30, 2009.

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