The made-for-the-big-screen movie (88 minutes) of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who, apparently diverges not only from the 1970 made-for-tv short animation program (26 minutes), but from the book, too (12 minutes, 15 seconds reading time by my kitchen timer).
The books-into-movies discussion is too long, and complicated by the question of whether the book should be presented as it was written, or re-written to play as a movie, but I find I usually don’t enjoy watching the results of either the stretching or shrinking of a text to fit it into a cost-effective cinematic production. I mean, Arwen crossing Bruinen to rescue Frodo! Really, now!
The wrinkle about Horton Hears a Whois an added plot device: Sour Kangaroo was made into a homeschool mom. Either it’s a dig at homeschooling moms, or homeschooling is so well-accepted that we can be bad guys, too.
Other comments on the movie can be found at:
- Horton hears a What?!, Corn and Oil
- Pro-lifers protest at children’s film, O’Donnell Web
- Who is Dr. Seuss and What should his story teach kids?, Cocking a Snook
posted by Valerie