Horton Hears a Who

horton%20clip%202.jpgPrepare for another Great Debate.

On March 14, 2008, the animated full-length movie, Horton Hears a Who, starring Jim Carrey as the voice of Horton and Steve Carell as the mayor of Whoville, will be released.

Most know the classic children's book is about, as the movie site synopsized, "an imaginative elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on that speck and despite a surrounding community which thinks he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help."

Pro-lifers have taken the classic line from the book, "A person's a person, no matter how small," and run with it. I'm one of those running.

But when the movie debuts, pro-abort detractors will prefer to focus instead on...

[See newly released movie trailer on page 2]

... the fact that Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, now dead, was a pro-abort who, according to biographer Philip Nel, "during his lifetime... threatened to sue an anti-abortion group unless they took that [line] off their stationery.... It’s one of the ways in which Seuss has been misappropriated. He would not agree with that."

It is reported that Geisel's widow Audrey also valiantly tries to keep pro-lifers at bay.

horton%20book.jpgAudrey is philanthropic with all that money made from children, although she can apparently only hear Whos who are born, inexplicably deaf to Whos who are not. According to the San Diego Foundation:

The beneficiaries of Audrey Geisel's kindness and generosity are many. Among them the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Birch Aquarium, Human Rights Watch, Planned Parenthood, the San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Hospice, and Mama's Kitchen. Her spirit of giving is prolific.

Audrey may be prolific financially but was not familially. She and Theodor had no children, nor did his first wife.

No matter Theodor's intent, his lines cannot be ignored:

"Should I put this speck down?"
Horton thought with alarm,
If I do these small persons
May come to great harm.

I can't put it down.
And I won't. After all,
A person's a person
No matter how small.

Here is the newly released Horton trailer:

[Hat tip: LifeSiteNews.com]


Comments:

See, why can't we just say, Awww, cute children's book. Why does a children's book have to have a political agenda? Much less one that the author has explicitly said doesn't exist? Over-politicizing is getting to be a big problem.

Posted by: Erin at August 16, 2007 1:05 PM


Ahahaha..."Audrey Geisel is not just supportive of abortion causes. She embraces the radical homosexual agenda as well."

Reference to radical homosexual agenda ftl.

Posted by: Erin at August 16, 2007 1:20 PM


homosexuals have very few abortions. I'd think the pro-life crowd would embrace them.

Posted by: Hal at August 16, 2007 1:23 PM


ohh, the defenders of death have such a hard time covering their tracks.

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 1:33 PM


Why make a children's book and movie be about a political agenda? I mean why not leave them alone with their fun? Not to mention, Dr. Seuss clearly explained that there was no meaning there "hidden beneath the lines". What is it with a lot (no not all, but a lot) of PL's twisting people's words to fit their agenda? We (PC's) don't do it to you guys. A PC (most all that I know) support ALL choices women make, and give undeniable support of a woman who chooses to give birth, one who chooses to put their child up for adoption, or one who chooses to abort. There is no one singular answer or choice, and those of us support a woman through whatever she chooses as best for her body, her mind, her family, or herself.


Also, PLEASE stop referring to PC's as pro aborts.

I seriously doubt Seuss, was a "pro abort", I mean come on! He was a man and could not have one any way.

Posted by: midnite678 at August 16, 2007 1:57 PM


a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust

Sounds sentient to me. Sounds like there is emotion there, desire, an experiential entity, consciousness, memories, something for which one can have empathy.

Doug

Posted by: Doug at August 16, 2007 2:05 PM


"Dr. Seuss clearly explained that there was no meaning there "hidden beneath the lines". What is it with a lot (no not all, but a lot) of PL's twisting people's words to fit their agenda? "

Midnite, we're not twisting his words, whether he intended it or not, the message is: it doesnt matter how little ones life is, it doesn't make it less worthy.
You don't have a right to poison or rip their limbs off piece by piece or jab them in the head and suck theirs brains out or crush them into bits and pieces and suck them through a tube. Now, you believe this kind of murderous torture should be legal. You might want to read "Horton hears a Who", it's nice pro-life story.

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 2:14 PM


It says a person. It doesn't say a fetus.

Posted by: Erin at August 16, 2007 2:15 PM


Jasper, that's just it, he clearly explained that is not what he meant. And you all are twisting his words around to meet your agenda (gee, Jasper, who have you done that to before?). And it doesn't matter what I think should be legal or not. Your part of this country to, and together our votes decide what is legal and what is not. Get off you high horse, and come back down to earth and chill a minute. And I see you didn't bother to refer to anything else in my post that I said. It's easier for you to keep me "as a baby murdering heathen". No matter, I 've never had one or would. Too bad for you Jasper, you pick and chose what you see and that is not good for the soul or karma.

Posted by: midnite678 at August 16, 2007 2:20 PM


"Jasper, that's just it, he clearly explained that is not what he meant."

I don't care what he meant, thats not how the story came across. you believe in choice, right? we'll I choose to interpret it as a pro-life story.

"Your part of this country to, and together our votes decide what is legal and what is not."

ahh, no it doesnt Midnitie. Roe V Wade was imposed by 7 villians dressed up in black gowns.

"It's easier for you to keep me "as a baby murdering heathen".

I didn't say that Midnite, I said that you believe that unborn baby killin should be legal, correct me if i'm wrong.

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 2:38 PM


Jasper, I don't think you'll ever truly understand me, and that is your lose (not mine). Yes, you can chose to interpret the story in way you want, but it is a little silly to continue doing so when the author clearly stated that is not what he meant. And no, you've never said that's how you see me, but I know that you do see me in that light. I am a litle heathen b/c I believe that a woman should be able to chose what she can and can not do with her body. I support gay and lesbian rights (& believe they should be allowed to have at least civil unions), I am against gun control and I support the death penalty. You see me as a sinner who doesnt believe in God, and who will go strait to hell.


ps. not that I really care what you think.

Posted by: midnite678 at August 16, 2007 2:50 PM


Midnite,

thats not how I see you, I happen to like you. My brothers a liberal, we have arguments all of the time, that doesnt mean I don't like him.

btw: i hope everthing thing is going well for you and are enjoying the summer....

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 2:55 PM


hahaha, I havent had a summer Jasper. I have been in school non stop since January 7th this year. I got out of summer school on August 7th and I start back on the 22nd. I have a two week break that I am working full time (40 hours) instead of enjoying my summer. It sucks big time.

Posted by: midnite678 at August 16, 2007 2:59 PM


Jasper, I just checked out your blog... are you a dog?! God love you.

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at August 16, 2007 3:54 PM


I believe there were people actually boycotting Happy Feet because it dared to suggest that global warming might be a reality.

Politicizing children's movies is just plain dumb, at best. Children watch movies for the stories and the characters, not to extract hidden meanings regarding the political debates of the day.

Posted by: JKeller at August 16, 2007 5:46 PM


Hi Bobby,

Yes, it's not much of a blog, I was going to start one, but I'm not really into blogging, I think I'd just rather just setup a website. My name is Steve, but my dog jasper, he's is pro-life too!

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 5:49 PM


LOL! I heard that about Happy Feet too. Which was sad because it had nothing to do with global warming, it had to do with overfishing and messing with ecosystems. It was also ridiculously adorable. Penguins are so cute!!!

Posted by: Erin at August 16, 2007 6:38 PM


Bah. I am going to have to agree with the sentiment that politicizing children's movies is really, really unnecessary and very, very silly.

However, I hope to go see this lovely film because Steve Carell is a comedic genius, though it is doubtful that I will as I rarely go see movies in theaters (too pricy...)

Anyway.

Posted by: Rae at August 16, 2007 6:45 PM


"After all,
A person's a person
No matter how small."

I think he was talking about size of a person (as in, a tall adult compared to a shrimp) rather than how developed it was.

I liked the book anyway. Looks like fun.

Posted by: Stephanie at August 16, 2007 7:14 PM


Dr. Seuss also wrote THIDWICK, THE BIG-HEARTED MOOSE, which champions personal body ownership against the demands of others who want to live in your body.

Certainly as pro-choice as HORTON is right-to-life.

Posted by: SoMG at August 16, 2007 8:15 PM


SmOG,

I am shocked to see that you actually know how to read. I am not shocked to see that your choice of fiction is meant for 4 year olds. But keep practicing. In a year or two you might even be able to get through a Hardy Boy book!

Posted by: mk at August 16, 2007 9:00 PM


Actually I was a Nancy Drew fan, not Hardy Boys.

Posted by: SoMG at August 16, 2007 9:02 PM


Elvis died 30 yrs ago today, I remember the day.

..his last concert 6 weeks before he died

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_wB8-j1jMQ&mode=related&search=

Posted by: jasper at August 16, 2007 9:56 PM


The Happy Family and How They Grew.

Posted by: Sally at August 16, 2007 10:03 PM


Also the OZ books.

Posted by: SoMG at August 16, 2007 10:08 PM


I have to wonder at the mindset of folks that find a relationship to pregnancy and abortion in everything they read, see or hear. I'm not sure how healthy this obsession of yours is Jill.

Posted by: Sally at August 16, 2007 10:08 PM


And Sally,
We all sit here everyday, with bated breath, waiting to hear your thoughts...Your concern over Jill's "obsession" is touching...

Of course, I'm not sure how healthy it is to carry around so much hate and anger that you actually seek out the enemy so you can viciously attack just to show us that you can.

You're kind of a sad woman Sally. Are you happy when you're not attacking the pro life movement or is this bitterness, sarcasm and button pushing attitude pretty much the way you are all the time?

Is there a reason that you can't come on here and actually dialogue? Is that just something out of the realm of possibility for you? Haven't you noticed that there are a lot of pro-choice people here and we treat them with the utmost respect. And by the same token they treat us with the same respect?

Couldn't you take the attitude that you'll be nice until we give you a reason to be nasty? Do you hate pro-lifers that much that you make a sweeping generalization and despise us all on principle?

Is there something that we could do to help you in your struggle? A way, perhaps, that we could approach you that didn't set off the claws? Cuz we'd very much like to see you continue to blog here if you are actually here to trade information instead of insults...

If not, then I'm afraid your not going to fit into our "family" very well...the rules in this house are pretty simple. Attack the ideas? yes. Attack the person? no. And we speak up when someone on either side breaks these rules. Why don't you give it a shot. Just pretend for a week that you're a nice person, and see where it takes us. Can you do that Sally? Will you do that Sally?

Posted by: mk at August 16, 2007 11:05 PM


Why SmUG,

All this time I thought you were a man! The world is full of surprises. But I am glad that you are reading at a 5th grade level now. You could try books on tape, as you wouldn't have to actually "read" the big words...

Posted by: mk at August 16, 2007 11:07 PM


Why do you guys hate Somg so much?

Posted by: Stephanie at August 17, 2007 1:11 PM


Sally, 10:08p, said: "I have to wonder at the mindset of folks that find a relationship to pregnancy and abortion in everything they read, see or hear. I'm not sure how healthy this obsession of yours is Jill."

Sally, I freely admit I'm obsessed. Have been for several years. I wake up thinking about abortion, I think, read, and write about abortion all day long, I go to sleep thinking about abortion, and every now and then I have nightmares about abortion.

And yes, it's also true. On a grand or narrow scale, I see the clash between the cultures of life and death in just about everything.

I don't intend drama by stating it happened when I held a live aborted baby. A switch flipped.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at August 17, 2007 1:26 PM


Stephanie, I realize that you aren't here that much, but Somg is a despicable troll who makes death threats often. They are always directed @ Paul Hill's family.

Posted by: Heather4life at August 17, 2007 1:32 PM


MK,
"All this time I thought you were a man!"

That is funny because for some reason I assumed she was a she.

Posted by: Rosie at August 17, 2007 5:02 PM


I'm late in this conversation, but I gotta say two things.

1. WHAT ON EARTH HAS POSSESSED PEOPLE TO GIVE DR. SEUSS A POLITICAL AGENDA! It's a kids book, for crying out loud, not pro-life propoganda. Next thing I know, someone here is gonna feed me that line about Yertle the Turtle being about Hitler.

2. Jasper, I agree with Denis Leary. We should've killed him back in his prime so our memories of him aren't when he weighed 380 and was losing his hair. I want to remember Elvis as the young, studly lady-killer, not the guy who died on the john popping pills. That's just me, though.

Keep on keeping on, guys! Talk to you cats sometime on the flipside!

Posted by: Danny at August 17, 2007 6:02 PM


Stephanie, they hate me because 1. I know more about abortion than they do, and 2. I point out when Jill posts BS on her blog.

For instance, when Jill writes something like "Abortion has been linked to subsequent breast cancer" or "Studies show that most relationships end after abortion", I point out that she's posting BS.

Posted by: SoMG at August 17, 2007 11:42 PM


Danny, Theodore Giesel (aka Dr. Seuss) was a political cartoonist before he ever wrote children's books.

There's a book of his political cartoons you can buy.

Posted by: SoMG at August 17, 2007 11:43 PM


SoMG,

Yes, I knew that about the good doctor. However, Horton Hears A Who isn't political at all. IT'S A CHILDRENS BOOK! It gives a life lesson, but it's not political in any way, shape or form. People give it a socio-political connotation.

Maybe I'm wrong, but that's just what I think.

Posted by: Danny at August 18, 2007 12:56 AM


SoMG,

Stephanie, they hate me because 1. I know more about abortion than they do, and 2. I point out when Jill posts BS on her blog.

Yes, that must be it...and all this time I thought it was because you post death threats, worship mr. tiller, dream of becoming an abortionist, have no conscience and worship money.
Ooops, My bad.

You make it sound like knowing more about abortion is a good thing...but knowing more about murder because you enjoy it doesn't really make you superior. Unless of course you belong to the Bundy/Tiller/Gacy/Gein/Manson/Dahmer club. Oh that's right you do!
Ooops, my bad again1

Actually, SmOG, I don't hate you. Feel sorry for you? yes. But hate? no. How could I hate someone that through no fault of their own has a heart made of stone and a complete lack of moral standards? Pity is what I feel for you. And fear. Fear that you actually walk the streets.

I am sorry that you are incapable of feeling empathy, knowing love or experiencing joy. But I don't hate you. To hate you would be to become like you. I pray for you. Pray that whatever damage you have suffered, can be healed. Pray that the people in your life are safe from you. Pray that one day you can join the human race. And I mean that. It's one of the hardest things that I do, but I actually do pray for you. I wish I could pray for you more, but it is difficult. That is my problem, tho, and not yours. I'm working on it. And each day, I get a little closer to actually loving you. We all have our faults. At this jucture I find it almost impossible to love you, but I won't quit trying. For myself, as much as for you...

Posted by: mk at August 18, 2007 8:24 AM


Dear God, MK, isn't that the truth. Somg is walking our streets. I'd rather know NOTHING about abortion. I wouldn't really give a flying fudge if you had every degree on abortion known to man. I would rather know more about life and love. I'd rather be good than evil. I pity you too. You're a sick, selfish, self absorbed lunatic. They do say that there are still a lot of serial killers on the loose. You just might be one of them. Who knows? You have told us that you are working in a hospital? I sure hope your patients are watching their pillows.

Posted by: Heather4life at August 18, 2007 9:20 AM


LOL Heather,
watching their pillows...

Posted by: mk at August 18, 2007 9:51 AM


::sings along to a reggae tune::

Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?
Why can't we be friends?

Posted by: Danny at August 18, 2007 5:48 PM