Horton Hatches the Egg

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Horton Hatches The Egg is a 1942 Merrie Melodies short. It is an adaption of the Dr. Seuss story Horton Hatches The Egg. The short was directed by Bob Clampett. Horton was voiced by Kent Rogers along with the Peter Lorre fish, Sara Berner voiced Mayzie and the elephant bird, Robert C. Bruce narrated, and Mel Blanc performed most of the other voices.

In producing the cartoon, Clampett's unit did not use a storyboard, as was the customary practice; instead, they sketched and wrote additional ideas for the cartoon in Clampett's copy of Seuss' book (there is no story credit for this cartoon's original credits). Several elements not in the original book were added to the cartoon, including;

  1. A fish caricature of Peter Lorre who shoots himself in the head after seeing Horton on the boat (This scene is often edited from most televised prints),
  2. A breathy Katharine Hepburn impersonation by Mayzie.
  3. A popular nonsense tune of that era, "The Hut-Sut Song" by Horace Heidt - Words and music by Leo V. Killion, Ted McMichael & Jack Owens, sung by Horton and his son.

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