Steve Carell: The Who In Horton's Whoville

Horton Hears A Who

Animation, Family | G | 1 hr 25 m
Warner Bros/20th Century Fox Distribution

"40-Year Old Virgin" hit actor Steve Carell stars in the upcoming heartwarming family movie “Horton” as the miniscule Mayor living in a speck in a town called Whoville.

From the makers of “Ice Age” and based on Dr. Seuss’ book “Horton Hears A Who,” “Horton” happens in two parallel worlds namely the Jungle of Nool (where Horton the elephant lives) and Whoville (where The Mayor and his subjects reside). Horton’s chief relationship in the story is with the Mayor of Who-ville, whom Horton never sees, and who cannot see him. Yet the bond they form is a remarkable one, rich with warmth, friendship and humor, even though the stakes for both are life and death.

As Horton makes his epic journey to bring Who-ville to safety, the Mayor – the voice of all the Whos – risks everything to convince his constituents of the dangers ahead. The Mayor and his wife are proud parents to 96 daughters and one son. The endless parade of offspring is introduced sitting on chairs attached to a conveyer belt that rotates around the table, so that each has a brief but impactful audience with the Mayor.

Steve Carell, says director Steve Martino, brings a sense of humanity to all his characters, like “The Office’s” perpetually-clueless boss Michael Scott and, now, the besieged and beleaguered Mayor. “All of Steve’s characters have a beautiful heart inside,” says Martino. “You want to root for them.”

Carell describes the Mayor as “kind, generous, well-intentioned, with a lot of internal fortitude. He’s sort of an everyman – a guy just trying to do his best in a very difficult situation.” The Golden Globe®-winning actor particularly appreciated the philosophical underpinnings of Horton’s insisting that a person’s a person, no matter how small. “It really speaks to the world around us – that no matter how different we seem on the outside, if there is decency, caring and commitment, things can get accomplished. It’s a good, sweet, and solid message that’s rooted in kindness. And that’s what I love about it.”

Steve Carell has emerged as one of the most sought-after comedic actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Carell’s work in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” was likewise honored with an AFI Award (named one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year) and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow nominations for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild Association.

Previous film credits for the actor include “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Bruce Almighty” and “Bewitched,” “Dan In Real Life” and “Evan Almighty.”

“Horton” opens March 22 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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