Friday, December 12, 2008

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (DVD)












Out of all the Dr. Seuss films made, I think Horton Hears a Who! stayed the most faithful to the book. Even with the advanced CGI they used, it still had that classic Dr. Seuss feel to it. It’s a film that was loads of fun to watch, and what made it better was the all-star voice cast that included Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, and Amy Poehler. I think a lot of people will be satisfied knowing that even the universal message that “A person’s a person, no matter how small” remained an important theme in the film. A lot of classic stories that get made into feature films usually lose a bit of the original theme. But not this one. In staying faithful to the story, the filmmakers wound up making a great animated film, while honoring the original story. The DVD is out now and is packed with extra features. Some of the them are almost as entertaining as the film is! Here’s a list of features that are included:

- 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.

- Meet Katie
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 w/ 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.

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