You know that old philosophical argument? The one that supposes that we’re all just tiny specks comprising the atoms and molecules of some other, much larger universe? Possibly even a much simpler one? I once saw one version of this that postulated that we were all actually part of Ziggy’s big toe. Yeah, the comic strip Ziggy. Anyway, it might surprise you to know that Dr. Seuss, in his own inimitable style, actually took that ball and ran with it. And since we were talking The Lorax yesterday, we may as well switch gears and talk Horton today, or, fairly recent release Horton Hears A Who.
In this animated movie, an elephant with more charm than good sense (and some unkind folks would substitute “good sense” for “sanity” here) one day discovers a tiny civilization living on a speck. A speck of DUST, I believe–and he discovers it by way of his superior elephant hearing. This civilization, known to all and sundry as Whoville Previously they’d survived by living in a cave in which conditions were relatively static, but now their emergence into the larger world has left them at risk. Thus it’s left to Horton to find them a new, similar cave-like environment.
Sure, this story only makes sense to small children and the clinically insane (where does Whoville get all the minerals it so clearly needs to build all that crap they’ve got in town? The Whoville Iron Mines? Located on the speck of dust?) but once you work around the utter impossibility of it all, you’re left with a charming, raucously comic tale. Even better, you’ve got great voice acting in the form of Jim Carrey and Seth Rogen, among others, plus some commentaries on the nature of faith in existence. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t necessarily follow that it isn’t there.
The Screenhead Ten Scale rewards the stalwart pachyderm with a seven out of ten. This plot couldn’t be much more far-fetched, but it will be entertaining.