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|“||I meant what I said. And I said what I meant. And an elephant's faithful 100%.||„|
|~ Horton's motto.|
|“||A person’s a person, no matter how small.||„|
|~ Horton convincing Nool that Who-ville exists.|
Horton the Elephant, or just Horton, is the titular main protagonist in two of Dr. Seuss' books, Horton Hatches the Egg & Horton Hears a Who, as well as in the feature length play Seussical the Musical.
In the 1970 animated television special, along with Dr Hoovey, he was voiced by the late Hans Conried, who also voiced Mr. Darling and Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lord Duke and the performance model for King Stefan in Sleeping Beauty, and Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit. The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, he was voiced by John Kennedy. In the 2008 animated film based on the second book, he was voiced by Jim Carrey, who also portrayed Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask, The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2, Lloyd Christmas in Dumb & Dumber and Tom Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins. In the Japanese dub from the movie, he is voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa.
Horton is a big elephant with a simple mind but a heart of gold. In both stories, he selflessly protects a thing that seems meaningless to other animals (an egg and a speck that contains a very small world) and is cruelly mocked. He ignores them, and gets rewarded in the end of his torments.
Horton is very naïve and daydreaming (even a bit crazy in the film), but also very brave and compassionate. He is very forgiving as well, since he never holds hard feelings for the other animals despite all the harm they did to him.
- This was Jim Carrey's second role in a Seuss-related media, the first being The Grinch. Both stories have the city of Whoville in them.
- Since Disney owned most of 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, Horton Hears a Who! is the first Dr. Seuss movie to be owned by Walt Disney Studios.