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#1 TheUnknowable


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:58 PM

I don't mean one shot "adult" humor (such as saying something in a way that makes it sound sexual), I'm talking about overall themes that could be there.  Many kid's movies have a moral to them, but are the morals what the people who wrote the movie meant?


I watched "Horton Hears a Who" and by the end of it I could think of many different ways to interpret the movie:


1) Horton is a god.  The mayor hinted at it when he said that Horton was invisible, protected them from evil, and  spoke to him personally. Also, their world was just a spec and Horton carried it.

2) Whoville is Earth and Nool is space.  The animals there are a superior alien race. (this may be a stretch, as the people of Whoville have much better technology.)  They have to broadcast their existence to keep from getting meaninglessly destroyed.

3) Pro-life. (even if you can't see or hear them at all, a person's a person, no matter how small)

4) The people of Whoville are kids and the people of Nool are adults. (which I think Doctor Seuss may have actually meant.

#2 CultHero


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:26 PM


Use in the United States abortion debate

The book (most notably Horton the Elephant's recurring phrase "a person's a person, no matter how small") has found its way to the center of the recurring debate, in the United States, over abortion. Several pro-life groups have adopted the phrase in support of their views. Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel, "doesn't like people to hijack Dr. Seuss characters or material to front their own points of view." [6] According to Geisel biographer Philip Nel, Geisel threatened to sue a pro-life group for using his words on their stationery.[7]





Pretty much all of Dr. Seuss' stories are about helping children to gain confidence and believe in themselves. Just like Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two who helped the Grinch's heart grow three sizes that day, it was little Jojo who made it possible for the other animals to hear what Horton heard. Moral of the story, even little people can make a big difference.



Look what I found! :biggrin:



I think one of the even deeper meanings is that just when we think we are all alone, even though we may not realize it, we are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. Kinda like this:


Edited by CultHero, 08 December 2012 - 10:53 PM.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:40 PM

6 children's pop culture insane theories (some not as insane, and honestly the smurf one shows how some elements of your society effect your creative thoughts)




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