The acting is superb, and adults will smile as they hear some of their favorite voice-overs in the animals.  There are a few places where the story drags a bit, but it’s not enough to kill the fun.

The only negative is a subtle worldview issue.  The “bad guy” is a homeschooling mother.  The assumption is that it’s dangerous to put your kid in the group because it could eventually lead to anarchy.  As a homeschooling mother, I find the moviemaker’s ignorance laughable.  Thankfully, that’s not a pervasive theme, and the other elements of the movie are quite inspirational.  For example, as people of faith, it’s good to think about how we, too, are just a speck in a world protected by a great big God who fights battles we can’t even see in the realm surrounding us.  We think we’re so in control of our worlds, but one crushing blow from above could level us!  Thank goodness our God is for us!

All in all, Horton Hears a Who! makes for some great family discussion on many levels and some terrific entertainment for kids and kids-at-heart. 

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Cartoon slapstick violence and scary images of a vulture, bad chimps who assemble for battle, and a perilous chase and animal attack.
  • Worldview:  Homeschoolers are narrow-minded, fear-based, fun-and-imagination squelchers.