|“||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 animated film based on the second book, he is 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 and Dumber and Tom Popper in Mr. Popper's Penguins.
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 naive 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.
Horton Hears a Who