Horton the Elephant is a fictional character from the 1940 book Horton Hatches the Egg and 1954 book Horton Hears a Who!, both by Dr. Seuss. Horton is a kind, sweet-natured elephant who cares about other animals or people. Though he goes through many hardships, whether trying to keep an egg warm through storms, rough travels, and humiliating shows or tries to save a small planet from harm, he always triumphs; the egg hatches into an elephant-bird, while the planet is saved and respected by the others. He is very popular because of his big heart and respectful compassion, which makes him more humorous.

In 1942, Warner Bros. made the animated short film, Horton Hatches the Egg, in which Horton is voiced by Kent Rogers.

In 1970, MGM Animation/Visual Arts made a 30-minute TV Special of Horton Hears a Who. Horton is voiced by Hans Conried, who also leads his voice as the narrator.

Horton is also a character on the TV series The Wubbulous World of Dr. SeussJohn Kennedy voiced the character in "Horton Hatches the Egg". Horton is also a principal character in Seussical the Musical, which uses most of the two Horton books as its primary plot.

Horton is voiced by Jim Carrey in the computer-animated adaptation of Horton Hears A Who!, where he is shown as being eccentric and imaginative, and sort of absent-minded.

Horton appeared in a new Dr. Seuss book, Horton and the Kwuggerbug, which came out on September 9, 2014, the second Dr. Seuss book published after his death in 1991 (the first being Daisy-Head Mayzie in 1995).

History with the Macy's Parade

A Horton balloon was created in 2008, to promote Blue Sky Studios' film adaption of Horton Hears A Who!, which was released in theaters earlier that year. It is said to take about 56 handlers below to keep Horton from blimping off into the clouds, and cradled into his trunk, of course, his Clover, which houses his friends, the Whos. The balloon is also said to be "so humongous, the distance between the tip of the scale to the top of the trunk is the same distance as from a baseball pitcher's mound to home plate". The balloon appeared for three years and was retired after the 2010 Parade. The balloon is speculated to still reside at the Macy's Float Warehouse to this day.


  • He is the only balloon that debuted in 2008 that did not make a public appearance anywhere else. (Buzz Lightyear appeared at the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, Smurf appeared at the grand opening of the Bay Plaza Mall in 2014, and Keith Haring's Figure with Heart appeared at the 2014 AIDS Walk in Central Park).


Gallery: Horton the Elephant

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