This movie is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic book of the same name. There are some differences between the book and the movie adaptation, however the changes work well and keep the focus on the main theme of Horton’s promise to protect the Whos, because he believes in the value of all. It is a powerful message that is depicted well, even for young viewers. This is a delightful movie for the entire family with lots of great opportunity for discussion after!
Who is your favourite character?
Horton heard a sound when the speck floated by. He was very curious. Do you consider yourself curious? What are you especially curious about?
Horton did what he could to keep the speck safe, to protect them. Who is protective of you? Have you seen or experienced God’s protection? What was that like?
Horton imagines himself to be an amazing hero. What kind of hero would you imagine yourself to be? Which special powers would you like to have?
Horton says that a person is a person no matter how small. 1 Timothy 4:12 says “ Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” How can you set a good example as a young person?
The Mayor had to trust that Horton would deliver them to the safe place. In what ways do you need to trust God?
Both Horton and the Mayor had something important that they needed to share. The Mayor shared his news, and the Council tried to convince the Whos otherwise. Jesus asks us to share the gospel. How do you share the gospel?
Horton and the Kangaroo become friends and work together in the end. Was there ever a time that you repaired a friendship? What was that like?
Other themes to discuss: compassion, integrity, leadership, friendship.