I’m unsure how many of you stargazers caught The Idol results show Wednesday. Jim Carrey attended the broadcast. Carrey was wearing a pseudo-elephant outfit complete with trunk and ears. I felt sorry for the folks sitting behind that huge headpiece! Fox's shameless cross-promotion did get me to thinking, how would The Idol judges critique the new animated feature Horton Hears a Who!? I wonder… (strokes his beard in contemplation)
1 hour, 28 minutes
Full Price ($$$$)
If you’re not familiar with the tale, a kind-hearted elephant, Horton, discovers that the entire town of
Our judges were granted a special advance viewing of the film. We’ll find out what the judges thought, after the break
Horton Hears a Who - Trailer
Ryan: Welcome back. Now let’s hear what the judges have to say. First up, Mr. Randy Jackson.
Randy: Okay, so check it. This story is, like, my kids’ favorites. You don’t know how many times I rocked them to sleep with Horton so I was expecting big things from this movie, and I gotta tell ya, you brought it!
I wasn’t really feeling Carrey as Horton, though, man. I felt he wasn’t the right voice choice for the role. Whenever you hear Horton’s voice you expect those wild Carrey antics, know what I’m sayin’? And you know what, man, I don’t know if I’d hired Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill for the minor roles they had. Those guys are comedy powerhouses and you don’t really hit their potential. But you know, I was totally groovin’ to Carell as the Mayor, dawg. Awesome voice, really brings in that frenzied vibe they were going for. The music was banging! I especially dug the 80’s throwback number. I can totally see this as the number-one box-office hit.
Ryan: High praise. I wonder if Ms. Abdul agrees. Paula?
Paula: Ah, I loved this movie! I mean, uh, when I was watching this…the colors…they were so, they were just so bright and colorful. Well, umm, the look…the voices, the whole…You know what? (hits table with her hands) It was sooo charming!
You know Jim, umm, Jim. I’ve enjoyed him from the very start …when he first, he um, he’s such a funny guy! Really, all the voices are just wonderful. So much energy! Everyone, ah…um they all, really…really captured the heart, um, the feeling of the story.
You know what, people…people will say, they may think…they may not adore you but that’s why you got to be true to your. Self. And your heart. And…I think…and you know what you did that, um and…it was adorable.
(jumps to her feet)
I loved it, loved it! It was just too cute!
(audience claps loudly)
Ryan: Sounds like an enthusiastic YES from Paula. Simon Cowell, what say you?
Simon: I have to be honest with you…
Ryan: Let me guess. You don’t like children’s movies.
Simon: (scowling) Brilliant deduction. As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of children’s movies.
(audience boos loudly)
Simon: Oh, be quiet. I’m not a fan, but that said,
Paula: Horton. It’s Horton.
Ryan: The name’s Horton, not Hudson, Simon.
Simon: (rolls eyes) Whatever. Horton, Hudson. The point is, and I agree with Randy here, I wouldn’t have made all of the casting choices that were made. I think some of the choices were totally forgettable. I think some of the better voices were wasted. Personally, I would have liked to have heard more from Amy Poehler. The animation is excellent. Some of the scenes are a bit put on. But
(audience boos again)
Simon: BUT when you tell a story like this, it’s unavoidable. The big musical number at the end was indulgent. It was all a bit karaoke for me. I mean, who was that put in for, the children or was it pandering to the adults in the theater?
(audience boos yet again)
Ryan: So do we take it that’s a thumbs up?
Simon: Yes. (giving a dismissive wave) It was good enough..
Ryan: There you have it
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