Cast Gathers for Fox’s Horton

TV icon Carol Burnett is one of many top comic actors signed to join Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in the voice cast for Twentieth Century Fox Animation’s feature adaptation of the 1954 Dr. Seuss book Horton Hears a Who. The film is being animated by Blue Sky Studios and is set for release on March 14, 2008.

Carry will star as Horton, a loveable elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air and suspects that it may support life. Carell takes on the role of the Mayor of Who-Ville and Burnett will lend her voice to the always skeptical Kangaroo, who doesn’t believe Horton’s claims about an entire community existing on a speck of dust.

Also on board for the movie are Seth Rogen (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) Will Arnett (Blades of Glory, Arrested Development), Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler (Blades of Glory, Mean Girls), Isla Fisher (The Wedding Crashers), Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck), Dane Cook (Employee of the Month) Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl), and Jonah Hill (Accepted, Evan Almighty)

Horton Hears a Who is being directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino from a script by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (The Santa Clause 2). Hayward’s animation credits include Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and A Bug’s Life. He met Martino (Oscar-winning vfx director for Total Recall) when they worked together on Robots. Twentieth Century Fox Animation production exec Bob Gordon is producing the pic, with Audrey Geisel, Chris Wedge and Chris Meledandri serving as exec producers. Twentieth Century Fox Animation VP John Cohen is overseeing the project and assembled the cast with Christian Kaplan, senior VP of casting for Twentieth Century Fox.

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and its Blue Sky Studios are hoping to repeat the performance of their last effort, Ice Age: The Meltdown, which grossed $650 million worldwide. Working with such a well-known property should help quite a bit in that quest. Books by Ted ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and the Horton series, which includes Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg, are consistently among the top sellers.