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Children’s Film Club – Horton Hears a Who!
13th July 2017 @ 6:30 pm€4
Tickets €4, Family of 4 €15
Duration 88 mins, 2008, Cert G
The people behind Ice Age have done a lovely job of animating the
elasticated world of Dr Seuss. Jim Carrey provides the voice of the lolloping elephant Horton who discovers a city on a speck of dirt and becomes its protector, reasoning that “a person’s a person, no matter how small”. It’s a charmingly dopey creation (though, creepily, the animators have given the elephant Carrey’s tombstone-tooth grin) and the anarchic mini-city Who-Ville is giddily madcap. But Seuss’s story takes about 10 minutes to read, and there’s the rub: where to go with the remaining 70 minutes. In places, the add-ins are properly barmy – best of all when Who-Ville’s hand-wringing mayor (Steve Carrell) gets jabbed in the arm with anaesthetic by the dentist. Elsewhere, it’s drearily conventional. Watch the dumpy elephant cross a rickety rope bridge. Will it break? What do you think? But kids won’t let that stop them.