Horton Hatches the Egg (1942)

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Horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy Maisie bird's egg while she vacations. Much later, after standing (and sitting) guard 100-percent faith-fully through rain and snow, Horton and... See full summary »

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Director:

Robert Clampett

Writers:

Michael Maltese (story), Dr. Seuss (book)

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2 July 2018 | Vimacone
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| Dr. Seuss as Interpreted by Clampett
It's seems unusual that the Schlesinger studio would do a straight adaptation of a then recent story. One would expect that to be in Disney territory. Even more unusual that Bob Clampett tackle the adaptation of a Dr. Seuss story. Yet he pulled it off and it's one of his greatest cartoons.

It's not even a parody of the story either, but a straight adaptation of the then recent story that was published in 1940. Although, Clampett was still able to inject the brash Warner sensibility. While, not over the top zany like many of Clampett's other works, the character animation is what makes the short very strong. The colorful Seuss inspired backgrounds are a thing of beauty as well. I wonder if Johnny Johnsten was still in the unit at that time. This short would have also worked well had Chuck Jones directed and would have sounded like a more logical director in theory. I can imagine the stylized backgrounds at work and more stark expressions on the characters, but Clampett's result was marvelous.

This was probably the first connection Dr. Seuss had with the Schlesinger studio. He would collaborate with them on the Snafu shorts for the duration of the war.

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