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Hero Overview

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.


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Animated Features
Manny | Diego | Sid | Scrat | Roshan | Nadia | Runar | Rodney Copperbottom | Fender Pinwheeler | Cappy | Crank Casey | Piper Pinwheeler | Lug | Diesel | Wonderbot | Aunt Fanny | Bigweld | Ellie | Crash and Eddie | Horton the Elephant | Rudy Kangaroo | Buck | Peaches | Momma Dino | Baby Dinos | Blu | Jewel | Rafael | Pedro | Nico | Luiz | Linda Gunderson | Tulio Monteiro | Fernando | Eva | Louis | Shira | Fuzzy | Mary "MK" Katherine | Nod | Ronin | Queen Tara | Nim Galuu | Eduardo | Carla | Bia | Tiago | Roberto | Felipe | Red Macaw Tribe | Charlie | Charlie Brown | Linus van Pelt | Snoopy | Sally Brown | Lucy Van Pelt | Peppermint Patty | Marcie | Francine | Julian | Brooke | Teddy | Gavin | Gertie | Roger | Ferdinand | Nina | Paco | Lupe | Una | Dos | Cuatro | Valiente | Bones | Angus | Guapo | Maquina | Bunny | Lance Sterling | Walter Beckett | Lovey | Jeff | Crazy Eyes | Marcy Kappel | Joy Jenkins | Eyes | Ears

Clint | Prancer

See Also
Ice Age Heroes | Rio Heroes

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Horton Hears a Who: Horton the Elephant | Rudy Kangaroo
The Cat in the Hat: The Cat in the Hat (Live Action) | Conrad | Sally | The Fish | Thing One and Thing Two | Nick
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Grinch (Live Action, CGI) | Max (CGI) | Cindy Lou Who (CGI) | Martha May Whovier | Donna Lou Who
Green Eggs and Ham: Sam-I-Am | Guy-Am-I | Gluntz
The Lorax: The Lorax | The Once-Ler | Ted Wiggins | Audrey | Cy the O'Hare Delivery Guy