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Horton Hatches the Egg (1942)

Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faith-fully through rain and snow, Horton and... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Dr. Seuss (book)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Maysie / Baby (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Mouse / Hunters / Audience Member (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clampett ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers Kent Rogers ... Horton / Peter Lorre Fish (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faith-fully through rain and snow, Horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus. Coincidentally, Maisie happen to fly by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Horton give it back to her. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #15 (1941-1942 Season): Horton Hatches the Egg See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the very first time a Dr. Seuss book was adapted for animation. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Then spying the flags and the tents just below, she sang out...
Maysie: What fun! Why, I'll go to the show.That and I'll aware.
Narrator: Then she swooped from the clouds through an open tent door.
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Alternate Versions

In the original version of this short, a fish, with the personality and caricature resembling Peter Lorre spots Horton sitting in a tree, turns to the camera, says "Well, now I've seen everything." then pulls out a pistol and shoots himself in the head. In most prints shown today, the suicidal clip, when the fish shoots itself is edited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night Court: A Family Affair: Part 2 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when the ship is sailing over the waves
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User Reviews

 
Bob Clampett takes on Dr Seuss in an animated classic

Dr Seuss was one of my childhood favourite authors(and I still hold a lot of fondness for them) and Bob Clampett was one of the best and most unique animation directors. Combining the two together seemed like a match made in heaven, and this is something that translates just as well on screen. I am glad that there are others who hold Horton Hatches the Egg, and I wish it was better known because of all the animated cartoons/specials there is of Dr Seuss' work(the granddaddy of them all being How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Horton Hatches the Egg is among the best ones. The animation is beautifully drawn and brightly coloured, you have got to love the Peter Lorre fish, that was genius. Clampett even brings his own edge to it while still remaining faithful to Dr Seuss' style, which I really liked. The music is whimsical and upbeat both in the incidental scoring and the ditties, while the dialogue and rhymes are as catchy and witty as ever, again having that Clampett edge while still feeling and sounding like Dr Seuss. The story and characters are always engaging, there is a great deal of charm and heart and often it is hugely funny too. The voice work is just great. In conclusion, a classic that deserves better recognition. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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