Several of today’s cutting-edge comedic stars and legendary comedy icon Carol Burnett are joining previously announced headliners Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in the voice cast of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, the new CG animated feature from Twentieth Century Fox Animation.
The film centers on an elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on that speck and, despite a surrounding community which thinks he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help.
In what promises to be the most renowned comedic cast ever assembled for an animated movie, Carol Burnett plays the always skeptical Kangaroo, who doesn’t believe Horton’s claims about life – indeed an entire community – existing on a speck of dust. The star studded animated comedy, will also feature the talents of Seth Rogen (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Super Bad), Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Emmy® nominee for Arrested Development), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck), “Saturday Night Live’s” Amy Poehler (Blades of Glory, Mean Girls), comedian Dane Cook (Employee of the Month, Dan in Real Life, with Steve Carell), Jaime Pressly (nominated for an Emmy® for “My Name Is Earl”), and Jonah Hill (Accepted, Evan Almighty, Super Bad). Twentieth Century Fox Animation VP John Cohen is overseeing the project and assembled the cast with Christian Kaplan, SVP of Casting for Twentieth Century Fox.
To be released on March 14, 2008, Horton Hears a Who is from Twentieth Century Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, whose recent Ice Age: The Meltdown grossed $650 million in worldwide theatrical box office. Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino will direct. The script adaptation is written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The executive producers are Audrey Geisel, Chris Wedge and Chris Meledandri, and the producer is Twentieth Century Fox Animation production executive Bob Gordon.
Horton Hears a Who is based on the beloved book, first published in 1954, by Ted Geisel, who wrote under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Seuss books are among the defining works of family literature, have sold over 200 million copies, and have been translated into fifteen languages. The “Horton” series (“Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg”) are consistently among the top-selling of all Seuss titles – generation after generation.