DVD Review: HORTON HEARS A WHO
Dr. Seuss’s HORTON HEARS A WHO just came out on DVD and Blue-ray. I got a chance to take a look at the DVD and it’s a great DVD for the whole family. And if you don’t have kids, shhh… no one needs to know.
I never read the Dr. Seuss book as a kid and only really discovered it when How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie with Jim Carrey came out. And since I really loved it, I of course was excited to see The Cat in the Hat movie, which I ended up really liking as well. So it should come as no surprise that I was excited about Horton Hears a Who. Obviously, since it doesn’t feature humans, but animals it lended itself to animation very well.
I went to see Horton Hears a Who at the theaters and really liked it, and I of course watched it again when I checked out the DVD and I still enjoyed it a lot.
I think the best part of the movie is Jim Carrey’s voice for Horton. For some reason, his voice is perfect for a sweet, innocent, and naive elephant.
Of course, Steve Carrell as the Mayor of Whoville is pretty great too. All he needs to do is talk and I love it. Yes, I’m that easy.
As for the look of the movie, I just love how they created Horton. The way he uses his ears to create different hats and whatnot, and the way he carries himself ever so gentle even with his massive size, you really get the character just by looking at him move.
As for the Whos, well it’s never easy to create creatures that don’t exist (or even exist for that matter), but I think they did a really good job. Who wouldn’t want to save the Whos when they look like that?
Overall, it’s a really great DVD to own (we rated it as a must buy) if you have kids or even for yourself. As for the special features, you get a pretty fun behind the scenes featurette, as well as animation screen test and much more (you can find more details about the special features below).
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Individual disc bonus materials include:
Single Disc Flipper – Widescreen and Pan & Scan Version
Directors’ Audio Commentary w/ Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino
Ice Age short “Surviving Sid”
- All-new animated short focusing on the Ice Age characters Sid and Scrat.
Two-Disc Special Edition Including Digital Copy
Includes all above single-disc content with the following extra material featured on the second disc:
Deleted Footage and Animation Screen Tests (w/ Introductions and optional audio commentaries by the directors)
That’s One Big Elephant: Animating Horton
- In an animation-focused featurette, learn how Blue Sky brought Horton to life.
Bringing the Characters to Life
- Watch the animators’ hilarious initial performances recorded as a reference to assist in animating the film.
- Discover how the character “Katie” was developed by Blue Sky
Elephant Fun: The Facts
- Fun and informative featurette about elephants.
Our Speck: Where Do We Fit In?
- Using interviews with everyday kids, we’ll learn how even small actions can help make the world a better place.
A Person Is a Person: A Universal Message
Featuring interviews with cast and crew, we will take a closer look at the characters, the story and interpret the meanings of Horton Hears a Who!
Bringing Seuss to Screen
- Learn how Hayward and Martino maintained the authentic look and feel of Dr. Seuss’ world.
The Elephant in the Room: Jim Carrey
- Profile on Jim Carrey voicing Horton
We Are Here! Game
- Memory game in which you have to repeat the correct pattern of Who-noises.
Blu-ray Two-Disc Including Digital Copy
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! BD release will be presented in widescreen format on a 25GB single-layer disc authored in AVC (MPEG 4) compression with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio, Spanish/French 5.1 Dolby Digital plus English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and French subtitles. BD bonus content includes exclusive special feature:
“Watch Horton Hears a Who! with a Who!” and all above two-disc special edition content with the exception of the DVD-Rom Create Your Own Animation.
Blu-ray Disc features include the following:
Bonus View technology “Watch Horton Hears a Who! with a Who!”
- Watch the movie with the smallest ‘Who’ of all – Jo Jo!