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post #1 of 18 Old 12-16-2008, 08:26 AM - Thread Starter
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91






Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2008
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 86 Minutes
Genre: Family/Animation

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogan, Will Arnett
Directed by: Jimmy Hayward & Steve Martino
Music by: John Powell
Written by: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio based upon the book by Dr. Seuss
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 9, 2008







"One elephant, one world, one story"



Film Synopsis:

A playful pachyderm named Horton becomes a reluctant hero when he discovers the microscopic city of Who-ville on a floating speck of dust and embarks on a hilarious adventure to save the town from the dangers of the jungle.




My Take:

One of Dr. Seuss' most beloved stories roars to life as never before in this enormous animated adventure that proves "a person's a person no matter how small." Like most of you reading this I grew up reading the stories of Dr. Seuss. I remember the story of Horton and the Who's of Whoville. I found this take on the story to be okay and certainly geared toward young viewers. It positively spins it and adds an element that I liked, about having faith in things that can't necessarily be seen or heard. Like the book its focus remains simple and provides a protagonist and antagonist in each world. They are represented by Horton and the Mayor and Kangaroo and the councilman respectively. Peril remains light and the characters are drawn with plenty of expression that should appeal to kids. The actors lending their voices to them did a fine job. Jim Carrey runs hot and cold for me. I much prefer him in roles where he doesn't engage in his zany antics which I find fatiguing after a while. It wasn't to that level here but every now and then I felt myself cringe. Steve Carell is entertaining just being himself and I find him to be a hoot. I always enjoy trying to figure out the voices of the cast in films such as this. Several of these were easy while others stumped me. When all was said and done I think that Horton hears a Who! is a fine family film. It probably won't appeal to teens and adults as much as some of the other animated features available but I think it will strike a chord with little ones.





Parental Guide:

This is appropriate for all audiences.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 88



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Video: 94


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Horton hears a Who! comers to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 mbps.

This is a reference quality video presentation that boasts vivacious colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has definitive three dimensional quality with crisp texture and excellent fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that whites are crisp and colors pop without distortion or loss of detail. Blacks are deep with excellent dynamic and gradational highlights. This is a pristine quality digital transfer that looks stunning. The DTS-HD Master Audio encoding makes excellent use of the entire surround platform and offers detail rich sonic clarity, crystalline dialogue and plenty of authoritative, room filling bass. This mix doesn't bombard you with constantly aggressive surround sound. It applies it when appropriate and combines discretely placed directional cues with rear channel ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field's never collide but work in unison to render the soundtrack with precise imaging and acoustic placement that elevates the experience. Dynamic's are excellent but not quite up to the level of the best lossless encodings that I have heard. The LFE channel is actively engaged throughout and offers bass response that is extended, punchy and clean. This is a well rounded overall presentation that should satisfy even discerning enthusiasts.



Bonus Features:


  • Audio commentary by Director's Jimmy Hayward & Steve Martino

  • (HD) New Ice short: Surviving Sid

  • (HD) Sneak peek at Ice age 3

  • Deleted scene and animated screen tests featuring animatics and storyboards

  • Blu-ray Disc exclusive: Bonusview PiP interactive pop-up feature

  • (HD) Bringing the characters to life - Featurette

  • (HD) That's one big elephant - Featurette

  • (HD) Meet Katie - Featurette

  • (HD) Bringing Seuss to screen - Featurette

  • (HD) The elephant in the room: Jim Carrey Featurette

  • (HD) A person is a person: A universal message - Featurette

  • (HD) Our speck: Where do we fit in? - Featurette

  • (HD) Elephant fun: The Facts - Featurette

  • (HD) We are here! - Interactive game

  • Digital Copy Bonus Disc - Includes a standard definition version of the film that can be downloaded from a compatible PC to a portable playback device.




Final Thoughts:

Horton hears a Who! is an entertaining and children friendly screen adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale about the kindly elephant who discovers the tiny inhabitants of Whoville and embarks on a quest to save their miniscule world. Fox has done a superb job in bringing it to Blu-ray Disc as it looks incredible and sounds great. The bonus supplements are plentiful but aren't as substantive as I would have liked. The inclusion of a digital copy bonus disc is perfect for those who want to take the film on the go. Fans can feel confident in adding this disc to their collection. If you are looking for a family film to watch with the kids I would recommend giving this one a rent.








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Nice review Ralph, thanks.

I watched this the other night and more or less agree with your review. I did not think quite as highly of the PQ as you, but still thought it was very good. Just not up there with the best animated titles I have seen (KFP and Rat especialy).

Audio wise I thought it was a good track, but again not realy up there with the better tracks I have listened to animated or otherwise. Dynamics could have been a bit better and LFE while realy good was nothing special for the most part (the stampede toward the end was great!).

Overall though this was a fun movie with a solid presentation.

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+1 ^^ Could not agree more.

Good but not Pixar good.
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I've got 2 kids who love animated movies, especially Pixar and Dreamworks ones. About 2/3rd of the way through Horton, they both got up and went and played in another room. I pretty much couldn't blame them. I was totally bored and obviously so were they.
I'm so glad we rented it first because this was a one and done for us.
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I agree with your video assessment Ralph, the only reason I made it through this was because of the eye candy! .
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I loved all the political references - pretty funny for adults. Jim Carrey's impersonations of the various politicians wasn't bad at all.
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My almost 4 year old loves it! Some big LOL moments for him.
I enjoyed it as well, nice to see something geared for the younger kids without the adult humour. Great AQ and PQ to boot.
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I've got 2 kids who love animated movies, especially Pixar and Dreamworks ones. About 2/3rd of the way through Horton, they both got up and went and played in another room. I pretty much couldn't blame them. I was totally bored and obviously so were they.
I'm so glad we rented it first because this was a one and done for us.

Our 5 and 7 year old will watch Horton and laugh and have a great time all the way through, but didn't make it though Ratatuille in the theater or at home.

Depends on the kids.
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Agreed, my 2 and half and 6 year old watched it all, but can't make it through rat. Story moves along and there is plenty of action. Does not grind to halt half way through to set up the finish like many of these movies do.
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My 3 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was rather funny and had plenty of great references!
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Excellent review Ralph, spot on.

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Held my interest but this is for kids/young viewers primarily IMHO like Ralph mentioned. There are many more animated flicks that I enjoy more.

PQ and AQ were very very good. I did find myself hitting the pause button and that speaks volumes but not to the extent of Sleeping Beauty though.
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My nephew got this for Christmas and wanted to watch it last night. Even the standard DVD looked great, I can only imagine how the blu-ray looks. I won't spend the $5 to rent it because the movie's plot could barely keep a 5-year-old interested.
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Watched this last night, and really enjoyed the expanded storyline of this movie versus the original that's on my Grinch who stole Christmas DVD.

The CGI rendering was great, but I thought it lacked slightly in a couple of areas. Crispness, and color/contrast. The whole thing just looked slightly undersaturated, with a slight lack of pop. Overall, the picture was excellent, as to be expected from a CGI film, but not up to Cars, Ratatoulli, or Kung Fu Panda.

Story: 3.5 out of 5, PQ 4 out of 5, and sound 4 out of 5.

As a side note, I'm a big fan of 1.85 aspect ratio films, and have typically found myself saying "WOW" for picture quality when the whole screen is filled, such as this movie, and some of the scenes in Batman begins. Anyone else find this to be the case?

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just wondering if anyone could send me/point me to either a scan of the full bluray coverart, or a custom version. I would be forever greatful. Thanks!
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My 4 year old likes the movie. And he's a big Ice Age fan so the Sid short was nice too.

I thought the audio was better than the video myself. Both were really sharp, but there were some really nice directional effects in the movie.

Pretty good movie.
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I just watched this last night.
I have to say Ralph's review was dead on.
The picture quality was gorgeous. The only thing I can fault this blu-ray for was the way the water looked. Whenever there was splashing it looked weird and out of place. But I think this is more of a computer graphics design choice rather than a picture quality issue. I also had a tough time sitting thru it. I found the story-line not very interesting.
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