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Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who – Deluxe Collection (1970/Warner Animation DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Program: C+



With the big computer animated feature version of the Dr. Seuss classic on the way to the big screen, Warner Bros. has decided to issue a DVD of the original 1970 animated Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who – Deluxe Collection and though we have not seen the new version yet, we can say that the original by the legendary director Chuck Jones holds up very well and remains one of the finest of all Seuss adaptations in any medium.


The trick with any Seuss work is that the suspension of disbelief is in fun absurdity and anything that deviates from that (like the dreadful live action Cat In The Hat) ruins the tone and spirit of the piece, so subtly strong are the Seuss works.  These are from consistent works of an auteuristic nature and as shown in the additional shows on this set, easy to deviate from even when you are trying not to.


Dr. Seuss’ Butter Battle Book, Daisy-Head Mayzie and Horton Hatches the Egg! are all good pieces, but they are somehow lacking at least slightly less focused for whatever reasons.  They are still good and I am glad Warner cared enough to include them so this was not a basic, empty disc, but the main feature is the best and will be a strong curio and more as the new feature arrives.


The 1.33 X 1 image on all four animated shows is very good, though despite its age, I like the look of Horton the best down to its color, thanks in part to Jones’ exceptional grasp of color and detail.  All the programs are in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with no major surrounds (despite what the package says) except for Horton, sadly presented in Dolby 1.0 Mono.  This track is far too flat and along with the great voice work by the great Hans Conried, should be upgraded to stereo in a major restoration.  Extras include the other shows, a singalong Music Video for the main feature and very good documentary In Search Of Dr. Seuss.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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