With what may feel like an onslaught of "animated" feature films, one of the latest, "DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO" is imperfect, and feels a little padded, even with a 86 minute running time, but, there are enough good laughs, entertaining new characters and a good message, to make this film worthwhile for kids and adults alike.
Steve Carell voices the mayor of Whoville, a tiny civilization, living on a speck found and ultimately protected by the amiable elephant, "Horton" that finds it. Horton goes to enormous, death-defying lengths to protect the newly discovered world that only he is aware of, while the civilization he lives within dismisses his claim, and seeks to destroy the speck, and even Horton, if standing in the way. There are some ingenious moments of creativity, separate from anything that existed within the original, great story by Dr. Seuss, but there are some moments that drag the film a bit as well. Still, even the few uneven moments don't grind the film or entertainment factor of the film to a halt, and it's rare to find a family film with such great appeal and satisfaction for both the youngest and mature of viewers, so this one's recommended!
FOX has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image benefits substantially to its digital source in this all-digital transfer. The foreground and background offer consistently impressive, even staggering detail! The depth of the image jumps off the screen in the majority of scenes. Colors vary in richness, but are always solid. It's a great looking transfer.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While not a loud mix, surround, bass and discrete effects are used throughout, creating a unique immersive experience for the listener and completely satisfying the creative environment of the film. It's not up there with the best reference quality FOX blu-rays, but still very pleasing.
FOX has provided plenty of extras for this release. In addition to a fine commentary, extras include a picture-in-picture interactive commentary, deleted scenes, animation tests, featurettes and more, most in 1080i, and trailers in full 1080p.