Kino.de Redaktion | 05.11.2012 14:50
Horton hears a Hu!
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Horton: The elephant Horton weighs more than a ton, but size has never been important to him. He can squeeze into the smallest gap when he is gripped by the thirst for discovery, or can twist his huge body incredibly to make his friends laugh. If he does something, it is right, and his size is not a problem for him. So why should being tiny represent one? He is a hopeless charmer who doesn’t ask anyone to like him ?? you just do it on your own. But his infectious enthusiasm not only ensures that the other animals love him, but is also the reason why the kangaroo is constantly watching him suspiciously in order to be able to censor any supposedly revolutionary thought immediately.
Mayor: The mayor of Huheim is on the back of the city council, who is just waiting for him to do something wrong. He has 97 mouths to stuff and a son who doesn’t speak. To make him a completely stressed-out father and politician, all that’s missing is a wrong-flushing toilet, an old Hu in a bathtub, and a disembodied voice that tells him that his world is on the verge of doom. Enough pressure for the mayor to give the president of the council one. Well, not really. That would be crazy. But his portrait should be better guarded!
Sally O’Malley: With 97 children, Sally bears even more responsibility than her husband ?? and after all he’s the mayor. But with the attitude of a first lady and the humor of a late-night talk master, Sally brings everything under one roof. The last thing she needs is a problem child with an overwhelming imagination ?? but that’s exactly what she has to deal with when her husband starts hearing voices. In this situation, not even her ingenuity and sarcasm help her anymore.
Kangaroo: Kangaroo carries her nose so high that she cannot look past it. She is too afraid of her own imaginations to leave her son Rudy unattended. That’s why he still has to live in her pouch, even though he’s actually two sizes too big for it. The result: she has back problems and he has mental ones. She is quite certain that outside of the protection of her pouch, anarchy and non-conformity are just waiting to throw her orderly life into chaos.
Rudy: Many children feel like their parents are locking them up. With the kangaroo Rudy, this corresponds to the fact that he has been stuck in the maternal pouch since his birth. Even though he’d been old enough to walk himself for years, he’s still squatting in there, uncomfortably squeezed with his long legs. But this cramped environment cannot suppress Rudy’s rebellious free-thinking spirit: Rudy is ready for the next step ?? even if it’s his first.
Yo-Yo: Yo-Jo is so worried that he could say something that disappointed his father, the mayor of Huheim, that he decided not to say anything at all. But he is far from silence: he hears the music with the click of an old keyboard, the rhythm with the impact of a basketball and the harmony when the wind blows over a comb. He has such a strong ear for the unusual that he built a huge symphonophone out of garbage, an instrument so large that it fills the abandoned Huheim bad weather observatory.
Morton: Morton the mouse is Horton’s best friend and he makes up for his small size with speed. It’s not even the size of the elephant’s big toe, but when Morton says something, Horton listens. Morton tolerates Horton’s quirks, but if the elephant has its head in the clouds again, Morton knows that it is up to him to get him back down to earth.
Vlad: Vlad the eagle is not a malicious genius ?? he’s just vicious! His greasy feathers, his groundbreaking language and his hermitarian behavior are part of his carefully cultivated image as a bastard. He lives in a lonely cave where he can refine his terror tactics undisturbed and practice his theatrical appearance ?? always hoping to make a name for himself as a super villain at some point.
Production: This is how the figures were created
Horton is not an elephant like everyone else. In many ways it is larger than life ?? and that doesn’t just refer to the size of his body: he has a big heart and a great sense of humor. And even if he has to deal with overwhelming opponents, with ridicule, insults and threats, he remains firm in his decision to bring Hu-Heim to safety. He is always one hundred percent loyal.
The filmmakers feel that Jim Carrey has given the role of Horton much more than just his language skills as a comedy superstar. ?? Jim’s humor and human warmth are fascinating ?? and thanks to him, our Horton is the friendly, lovable character we know from the book ,? says Jimmy Hayward: ?? Jim is passionate and creative and has really put himself in the position. ??
"Jim also used his face completely," continues Hayward: "He plays every scene and speaks every word as if he were in front of the camera. He provided us with an incredible amount of material for expressions on the eyes, and we used a lot of what Jim Carrey only did as sound recordings to animate the character.
As much as Carrey put himself in his role, it’s no wonder that some of his expressiveness has been incorporated into the outward appearance of Horton. Lead animator Dave Torres says: ?? In the first drafts, Horton had a much smaller mouth. But after Jim got in, the character gradually became more expressive, it really was that Jim pushed us to the limits of what an animation character can express. ??
Horton’s most important player in history is the mayor of Hu-Heim, whom Horton never sees? and who in turn cannot see Horton. But the bond that develops between the two could not be closer: full of warmth, friendship and humor, even if it is a matter of life and death for both. As Horton embarks on the perilous path of bringing Hu-Heim to safety, the mayor must do everything to convince his fellow citizens of the great danger they are all facing.
Dr. Seuss introduces the mayor with the unforgettable words:… ?? devoted and fair, and a little bit odd. The Mayor and his wife, they had children to spare. ?? You could say so! After all, they are the proud parents of 96 daughters and a son. We get to know the seemingly endless row of young mayors sitting on chairs that stand on a conveyor belt that runs around the table, so that everyone can get a quick look at the father? this procession is choreographed like a scene in a musical.
As director Steve Martino says, Steve Carell lends a deep humanity to all of his film characters, such as the disoriented boss Michael Scott in the US version of the television series ?? The Office ?? or the heavily pressured Mayor of Hu-Heim: "Steve’s characters all have a big heart deep inside," says Martino: "You just feel with them."
"It’s fun to watch Steve’s characters struggle," added Jimmy Hayward: "Watching him hold all the rotating plates in the air, so to speak, is pure pleasure. He manages the right amount in every digital line, Steve ?? irrepressible. He’s the one Hu we really get to know, so you want to build a relationship with him, too, and thanks to Steve it works. ??
Carell describes the mayor as "kind and generous, someone with the best intentions and great inner strength. He is a kind of everyone ?? a guy who just tries to do the best in a very difficult situation. Golden Globe winner Carell particularly liked the philosophical idea behind the story? Horton’s certainty that even the smallest person is still a person. ?? It really says something about the world we live in ?? no matter how differently we may all appear to be, you can make a difference together as long as there is decency, sympathy and commitment. This is a good, beautiful and sustainable message based on compassion ?? and she is what I love about the story. ??
The mayor’s pride and joy is his son, Jo-Jo, and the smallest is Hus. The mayor has big plans for the tiny boy and is already preparing him to continue the family tradition one day when he retires and become his successor as the leader of the hus. But Jo-Jo has already made it very clear that he does not want to pursue this career. Instead, the young man has his own plans …
The greatest threat to Horton’s mission? and thus for the survival of Hu-Heim – is the kangaroo, as it says in the book ?? made every law and enforced every rule, as self-proclaimed head of the jungle of Nool. ?? It has poor character and is also very narrow-minded; it simply claims: ?? What you cannot see, there is no such thing! ?? The kangaroo’s limited perspective has potentially tragic consequences for Horton, the mayor, and everyone in Hu-Heim.
But is it because of that the villain? Martino is not so sure about that: "It’s ideologically blind, but it’s not a real bad guy," he thinks. "It may be stubborn, but it is not evil."
In a key scene, in which the kangaroo completely turns out to be the tyrant, it is physically shouting out a real curtain sermon that something like Hu-Heim couldn’t possibly exist ?? one of the scenes in which the extraordinary voice talent and the funny timing of the legendary Carol Burnett come fully to the fore, which fully merges with her role. Burnett’s countless fans include Jim Carrey and a large majority of the ?? Horton crew hears a Hu! ??. "Carol has a powerful organ," Hayward says of Burnett, and a "Tarzan scream" about the unforgettable scenes in her long-standing television show. belonged to, who represents something like the harbinger of their kangaroo role. "The kangaroo is completely out of its own," says Burnett: "I found it very liberating to be able to roar at full strength and get paid for it!"
As for the bad character of the kangaroo, Burnett points out that when you play the villain you don’t perceive a character as evil. The villain doesn’t think he’s evil. He sees the good ?? he feels right, and if only everyone agreed, the world would be fine.
"The kangaroo is a control freak and quite stubborn," Burnett admits: "It rules the jungle with an iron fist. It kept his son Rudy in his bag too long; it just didn’t let him move out. ?? If other teenagers feel like their parents’ prisoners, someone like Rudy really has reason to complain …!
The kangaroo’s worst minion is Vlad Vlad-I-Koff, a giant eagle with tattered, oily plumage and a large, furrowed beak. He speaks with a strong Russian accent. Vlad is not a bad genius ?? he’s just evil. "Vlad moves like a lizard or like a bat," says Jimmy Hayward: "He always acts instinctively. This figure is a wild mix of pop cultural allusions. He’s like a gangster with a thick gold chain walking around in a red-brown tracksuit.
Will Arnett (?? Arrested Development ??), who speaks Vlad, calls his character ?? a very special species. He’s a dangerous guy, a contract killer. He is pseudo-hip ?? he’s ridiculously far behind, but he thinks he’s the last word in hipness.
"I am attracted to characters who are self-confident but crucially stupid," added Arnett: "This is just a great combination. Not to live with, but for the purposes of comedy. In real life, it’s a pretty sad combination. I love people who show off and have no sense of what a ridiculous figure they make. ??
Vlad may not be the brightest, but even so, it poses a threat to Horton and Hu-Heim. Vlad can whiz through the trees like a fighter jet ?? you can almost hear the noise of the jet engines ?? and in a thrilling scene, he chases Horton across the jungle. "We brought the whole thing up like a classic horror film," says Hayward: "It is not bloody, and we have no shock effects either. But the whole thing strikes a balance between gags and sudden surprises.
The head of the Wickersham clan is Yummo, spoken by Tony winner Dan Fogler, who, for double fun, also lent his voice to Hu-Heim’s city council chairman. Fogler enjoyed both roles, but ultimately Yummo was closer to his heart: "I’m from Brooklyn," he explains, and Yummo is Brooklyn, he’s tough and knows the street.
There is no shortage of opponents for Horton. But he also has a friend and ally in Nümpels: the mouse Morton, who plays the role of the voice of reason towards his oversized friend. "You talk to a shamrock, and that’s not a good thing," says the clever rodent Horton. Seth Rogen ("The First Time", "Superbad"), one of the most prominent young comedy actors and authors, gives this role its typical, slightly distorted worldview: "Morton may be too led by group pressure. He is a little neurotic and not so much himself.
In Hu-Heim, while the mayor is trying to convince the population of the impending danger, his wife Sally is 97 times mother, meanwhile, keeping the household going as smoothly as possible. The apparently effortless way she manages her household, which is constantly bursting at the seams, will amuse all parents in the audience; definitely So did Steve Martino: "I have two children at home and it is a challenge," he says: "Now imagine that you have 97!"
The Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler married in real life to Vlad aka Will Arnett ?? turns her into a likeable figure that accuses her husband of his behavior, but always with a lot of understanding and a sense of humor.
"With Amy, the figure looks real and from today, but with an ironic streak," says Martino. Poehler adds: "I’ve played a lot of different streaks in my career?" many characters with extreme mood swings. Sally, on the other hand, rests in itself. In a very loving way, she ensures that her husband does not lose traction. And it has to, because in fact it is the head of this huge family. But now she is already worried about him: Could he have got a crack so that he now runs around so frightened and warns of the end of the world ???
Regardless of Sally’s doubts, something is going wrong in Hu-Heim. To find evidence of his suspicion, the mayor seeks help from Dr. Mary Lou LaRue, the wacky but extremely shod scientist at Hu University. Dr. LaRue wears glasses with glasses like bottle bottoms, she has a wild purple mane of hair on her head and a deficit in social behavior. All that matters to them is science. Isla Fisher who like the full range of her subject of comedies ?? The Wedding Crashers ?? to dramas like ?? the rules of violence ?? , notes that Mary Lou is the only Hu (aside from the mayor) who really understands what could be causing the sudden climate change in Hu-Heim (which is caused by Horton’s messing with the hus flees the jungle of Nümpels). She is the first to be infected by the mayor’s fear of the end of the world. ?? Isla Fisher, who is 1.58 meters tall, adds: ?? The statement that a person is a person, no matter how small, has a very special meaning for me. ??
From the scholars to the not so bright: Welcome to the Wickershams, a horde of monkeys with a mob mentality that is all too familiar to humans. "At first they’re just a gang of funny guys," says Hayward. You are not a real bad guy. But when Horton gets into trouble, the Wickershams can’t imagine more fun. They live on the dark side of human nature.
Production: The look of the film
Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino were determined throughout the process, Dr. Seuss ?? To transfer creation from pen and brush strokes in 3-D, the artistic vision and special magic of Dr. Seuss ?? world and his Figures stay true. Reason enough to visit the Geisel Library at the University of California in San Diego, where all of his drawings are archived. The filmmakers went through all of the material, including his handwritten notes, in search of suggestions for Seussian designs. Steve Martino: “I was particularly impressed by some of his sculptures, because they gave us a direction in which he would have implemented his creation in three dimensions. We have included some subtle hints of color, shape and surface quality directly in the film. Martino continues: ?? We really got into his way of thinking while rummaging in the archive. His work was infectious and we soon started to speak in his visual language. When we digitally combed a hus’ hair, we asked ourselves: How could we do it in the Seuss style? Moving around in his world has sparked our imagination again and again. ??
From the painstakingly gathered material from the archives, Martino developed a style catalog that served as the foundation for the three-dimensional, realistically illuminated film world to be created. "We were able to drive through our 3-D world that we were just building and explore it in detail, like with a camera," says Martino.
Seuss had fun surprising people with small details and weird designs in his drawings. Taking over these details in their funny peculiarity and making them believable that they work was the key to transferring them into the realm of computer animation. The filmmakers called their actions "Seuss logic" ?? a process that ensured that no matter how crazy the technical gimmick actually appeared to work.
In a way, the tiny Hu home on its speck of dust is of course similar to our everyday world: people go to school or work, or they shop. But having a job in Hu-Heim can also mean lying on the sofa and eating sweets all day. ??
Hu-Heim’s means of transportation are also pretty crazy ?? and yet understandable. The city’s multi-story streets are full of sockmobiles, rollerblades on stilts and unicycles, just to name a few of the unusual ways to get around. "If someone had to go somewhere, it was our job to make his way as interesting and fun as possible," says Martino. The already mentioned sock mobile ?? a car with four legs stuck in thick socks ?? was one of the filmmakers’ favorite pieces, ideal for the area around a hospital or library ?? wherever it should be as quiet as possible. The bed mobile was also very popular: "It would make things a lot easier in the morning," says Hayward: "You could still read a little on the way to work or catch up on some sleep."
If sock mobile or bed mobile still sound too old-fashioned, you could give Jo-Jos Riesenzwille a try, with which he gains access to an old observatory that plays a significant role in history. First, Jo-Jo sits on a unicycle that is connected to the equipment, then he steps backwards as if he was about to hit the wall, then he grips a lever and pulls it back as far as it will go, whereupon he pulls up the air is shot up to the bottom of a hanging ladder …
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