Horton Hears a Who! (TV special)
|Horton Hears a Who!|
|Created by||Dr. Seuss|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
|Voices of||Hans Conried
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cat in the Hat Productions
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||CBS (America)|
|Original airing||March 19, 1970|
Horton Hears a Who! is a 1970 television half-hour long special based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, Horton Hears a Who!. It was produced and directed by Chuck Jones - who previously produced the Seuss special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - for MGM Television. The special contains songs with lyrics by Seuss and music by Eugene Poddany, who would later write songs for Seuss' book, The Cat in the Hat Song Book.
Horton is an elephant splashing in the watering hole of the Jungle of Nool on the fifteenth of May when he hears a person calling for help. The sound is coming from a small dust speck. Dr. H. Hoovey, an astronomer on the speck, believes that there's a world beyond the speck, but the rest of the Whos don't believe him at first. He explains to Horton that the speck is in danger if it's floating around. "A person's a person, no matter how small," says Horton as he decides to save the Whos. But the other jungle citizens don't believe him as they are unable to see them and can't hear as well. Meanwhile, the citizens of Whoville refuse to believe the existence of Horton, but eventually they do. Jane Kangaroo, the Wickersham Brothers, and Vlad Vladikoff (renamed Whizzer McWoff in this TV special) are Horton's main and worst tormentors, but at last, the Whos make themselves heard. At the end of the special, Dr. Hoovey is relaxing in his chair, exhausted from the ordeal, when he sees a small speck of dust and hears a "Help!" on it, and says the final line: "Oh, no!"
- Hans Conried previously worked with Seuss on The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, in which Conreid played the title character.
- Some animated cels featuring noisemaking instruments were reused from the 1966 television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
- The Mellomen, including Thurl Ravenscroft, a singer on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, also lent his voice to the Wickersham Brothers.
- The Grinch makes a cameo during the song "Dr. Hoovey, You Were Right".
Home video releases
The special was frequently included on home video laserdisc and DVD releases of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and was released on its own DVD on March 4, 2008. Bonus features include a songs-only version, the cartoons inspired by Horton Hatches the Egg, The Butter Battle Book, and Daisy-Head Mayzie, and the 1994 documentary In Search of Dr. Seuss. It was also made available in high definition Blu-ray Disc on October 6, 2009 with all the bonus features except Horton Hatches the Egg, a DVD of the special, and a Digital Copy.
- Hans Conried as Narrator / Horton / Dr. H. Hoovey
- Chuck Jones as Junior Kangaroo / Vlad Vladikoff / JoJo
- June Foray as Jane Kangaroo / Birds
- The Mellomen as Wickersham brothers
- The MGM Chorus as Whoville
- Produced by Chuck Jones & Ted Geisel
- The Story is Told by Hans Conried
- Music Composed and Conducted by Eugene Poddany
- The Production was Designed by Maurice Noble
- ...and Directed by Chuck Jones
- Animation: Hal Ambro, Carl Bell, George Nicholas, Tom Ray, Phil Roman, Irven Spence, Richard Thompson, Ben Washam
- Layout: Dan Morgan
- Background: Phil DeGuard, Angela Esparza, Irven Wyner
- Graphic: Don Foster
- Co Direction: Ben Washam
- Editor: Jim Faris
- The Songs: Music and Lyrics by: Dr. Suess and Eugene Poddany
- Production Manager: Earl Jonas
- Voices: June Foray, Chuck Jones, Thurl Ravenscroft (uncredited)
- Storyboard by Chuck Jones and Bob Ogle
- Teleplay by Dr. Suess
- in Metrocolor
- Copyright C MCMLXX Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. All Rights in This Motion Picture Reserved Under International Conventions.
- No. 29406 Motion Picture Association of America
- This Picture Made Under the Jurisiction on IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
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- Horton Hears a Who! at the Internet movie database