Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Poster


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  • In the original books, the Grinch's Whos and Horton's Whos are drawn the same way. In the Broadway musical Seussical, the Grinch's Whos and Horton's are one and the same, the Grinch being microscopic and living on the dust speck as well. The Grinch is also on the same world as Horton's Whos in the 1970 animated film of 'Horton Hears a Who'. However, in Ron Howard's Live action 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' movie, the Grinch's Whos live in a snowflake, so it depends on which sources you look at as to what the answer to that question is. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Horton didn't hear a "Help", he heard a "Yelp". He probably heard the Mayor call out for Miss Yelp (his secretary), he also says "Yelp" when he staples his forehead, so Horton definitely heard a yelp.

    In addition, the movie was created after the Broadway Musical and presumably draws information from said musical. In the musical, the Whos were actually calling for 'help' because they saw that they were headed for a pond - they were completely aware of their predicament. When translating the story into movie form, it may have been overlooked that the logic no longer followed. This information should also be checked with the book - which is not available to me at the time of this posting. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • He is referred to by his wife, Sally, as Ned (his first name), and the narrator calls him McDodd (his last name). Edit (Coming Soon)

  • While the film follows the book's plot faithfully, there are a few differences.

    -JoJo is not the Mayor's son in the book.

    -The chracters of Morton, Sally O'Malley, Mary Lou Larue, and the Chairman do not appear in the book. Likewise, none of the Mayor's daughters or any kids from Horton's class appear.

    -Vlad Vladikoff (Will Arnett) is not called upon by the kangaroo in the book. Rather, he is called upon by the Wickershams.

    -The kangaroo's son is much like his mother in the book.

    -The Mayor is not given a name in the book. Edit (Coming Soon)


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