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* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: In the cartoon version, Horton is pink.
* AmbiguouslyAbsentParent: We never see the elephant-bird's biological father, though Horton probably becomes its adopted father at the end.



* {{Bowdlerization}}: For the Warner Bros. cartoon version of this short, the scene of the Peter Lorre fish seeing Horton on the boat and asiding to the audience, [[SeenItAllSuicide "Well, now I've seen everything" and shooting himself in the head]] was censored when it aired on TBS, TNT, The WB, and Cartoon Network (barring its appearance on ''The Bob Clampett Show'') and is now airing censored on Boomerang.

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: {{Bowdlerization}}:
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For the Warner Bros. cartoon version of this short, the scene of the Peter Lorre fish seeing Horton on the boat and asiding to the audience, [[SeenItAllSuicide "Well, now I've seen everything" and shooting himself in the head]] was censored when it aired on TBS, TNT, The WB, and Cartoon Network (barring its appearance on ''The Bob Clampett Show'') and is now airing censored on Boomerang.



* CatchPhrase: "I meant what I said/And I said what I meant./An elephant's faithful/One hundred percent." Might overlap with SurvivalMantra.

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* CatchPhrase: Horton says many times, "I meant what I said/And I said what I meant./An elephant's faithful/One hundred percent." Might overlap with SurvivalMantra.



* EggMacguffin
* EggSitting

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* EggMacguffin
* EggSitting
EggMacguffin: The main plot is about waiting for an egg to scratch.



* HonorableElephant
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Horton and Mayzie.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mayzie. See NeverMyFault below for details.

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* %%* HonorableElephant
* %%* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Horton and Mayzie.
* %%* {{Hypocrite}}: Mayzie. See NeverMyFault below for details.



* {{Imprinting}}: The elephant-bird seems to see Horton as its dad, judging by how it flies up to him.



* {{Jerkass}}: Mayzie.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Mayzie.Mayzie is very obnoxious because she accuses Horton of stealing the egg when she asked him to sit on it.



* LazyBum: Mayzie.

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* LazyBum: Mayzie. The reason she hands the egg-sitting job over to Horton is because she can't be bothered sitting on it herself.



* MisplacedWildlife: Elephants are supposed to live in tropical climates, however the seasons that pass by are those of temperate climates. Even discounting the weather, Horton's friends include a lion, a giraffe, a hippo...and a deer and a kangaroo.

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* MisplacedWildlife: Elephants are supposed to live in tropical climates, however the seasons that pass by are those of temperate climates. Even discounting the weather, Horton's friends include a lion, a giraffe, a hippo... and a deer and a kangaroo.



* NurtureOverNature

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* %%* NurtureOverNature



* TheReliableOne: Horton, as noted in his catch phrase.

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* %%* TheReliableOne: Horton, as noted in his catch phrase.



* SimpletonVoice: Horton is given one in the short, despite not being depicted as particularly stupid.

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* %%* SimpletonVoice: Horton is given one in the short, despite not being depicted as particularly stupid.

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* AdaptationalJerkass: Mayzie was already a bitch in the original story, but the ''Looney Tunes'' short deliberately increases her SmugSnake behavior.


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* HateSink: Mayzie is a lazy, neglectful bird who doesn't care about hatching her own egg and quickly passes the job on to Horton. She only happens upon Horton again by pure chance, and discovering he's loyally done the job, then lies and claims he stole the egg from her.


* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: There is no known species of bird that has an incubation period of almost a year.

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* ArtisticLicenseOrnithology: There is are no known species of bird that has an incubation period of almost a year.



* {{Bowdlerization}}: For the Warner Bros. cartoon version of this short, the scene of the Peter Lorre fish seeing Horton on the boat and asiding to the audience, [[SeenItAllSuicide "Well, now I've seen everything" and shooting himself in the head]] was censored when it aired on TBS, TNT, The WB, and Cartoon Network (barring its appearance on ''The Bob Clampett Show'') and is now airing censored on Boomerang.
**The version shown on the TNT special ''In Search of Dr. Seuss'' was [[UpToEleven redubbed, re-edited, and had its opening and end titles cut]].



* ContrivedCoincidence: Horton's circus arrives in the very town Mayzie has been staying in since the beginning of the story. Not only that, the egg begins to hatch the moment Mayzie sees Horton.
* {{Determinator}}: Horton, who else? He keeps his promise to protect the egg even in terrible weather, and even when his life is threatened by big game hunters. (They spare his life, thinking taking him alive would be more profitable, but that only makes his ordeal worse.) As he himself says, "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant's loyal, one-hundred percent!"

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Horton's circus arrives in the very town Mayzie has been staying in since the beginning of the story. Not only that, but the egg also begins to hatch the moment Mayzie sees Horton.
* {{Determinator}}: Horton, who else? He keeps his promise to protect the egg even in terrible weather, and even when his life is threatened by big game big-game hunters. (They spare his life, thinking taking him alive would be more profitable, but that only makes his ordeal worse.) As he himself says, "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant's loyal, one-hundred percent!"


* BooksEnd: The Looney Tunes short begins with Horton merrily strolling through the forrest singing "The Hut Sut Song (Hut Sut Raw)" and ends with him doing the same, this time with his child in tow.

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* BooksEnd: BookEnds: The Looney Tunes short begins with Horton merrily strolling through the forrest singing "The Hut Sut Song (Hut Sut Raw)" and ends with him doing the same, this time with his child in tow.


* BooksEnds: The Looney Tunes short begins with Horton merrily strolling through the forrest singing "The Hut Sut Song (Hut Sut Raw)" and ends with him doing the same, this time with his child in tow.

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* BooksEnds: BooksEnd: The Looney Tunes short begins with Horton merrily strolling through the forrest singing "The Hut Sut Song (Hut Sut Raw)" and ends with him doing the same, this time with his child in tow.

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* BooksEnds: The Looney Tunes short begins with Horton merrily strolling through the forrest singing "The Hut Sut Song (Hut Sut Raw)" and ends with him doing the same, this time with his child in tow.

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* NeverSayDie: Averted in the original draft of the book, in which one of the lines was "Night and day they went on, and he thought he would die." Played straight in the finished book, where the line is changed to "Up out of the jungle! Up into the sky!"

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Because of his taking care of the egg for Mayzie, Horton becomes a laughingstock and is almost killed by hunters.

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* MisplacedWildlife: Elephants are supposed to live in tropical climates, however the seasons that pass by are those of temperate climates. Even discounting the weather, Horton's friends include a lion, a giraffe, a hippo...and a deer and a kangaroo.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Some of the animals heckling Horton are a moose and a kangaroo and her joey, both of their designs very similar to [[Literature/ThidwickTheBigHeartedMoose Thidwick]] and [[Literature/HortonHearsAWho Jane and Junior]] that would appear in later Seuss books.


* {{Determinator}}: Horton, who else? He keeps his promise to protect the egg even in terrible weather, and even when his life is threatened by big game hunters. (They spare his life, thinking taking him alive would be more profitable, but that only makes his ordeal worse.) As he himself says, "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, and elephant's loyal, one-hundred percent!"

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* {{Determinator}}: Horton, who else? He keeps his promise to protect the egg even in terrible weather, and even when his life is threatened by big game hunters. (They spare his life, thinking taking him alive would be more profitable, but that only makes his ordeal worse.) As he himself says, "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, and an elephant's loyal, one-hundred percent!"

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Horton's circus arrives in the very town Mayzie has been staying in since the beginning of the story. Not only that, the egg begins to hatch the moment Mayzie sees Horton.


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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Horton and Mayzie.


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* MamaBear: Averted by Mayzie during the climax. When she accuses Horton of stealing the egg, she is lying to making him feel bad.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Mayzie abandons her egg and has Horton take care of it, completely inverting the roles of the usual caring mother and deadbeat dad.


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* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to describe the egg without revealing that there is an elephant-bird in the egg.


* HappilyAdopted: Horton is not the egg's biological father, but the elephant-bird that hatches from it doesn't seem to mind.

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* HappilyAdopted: Horton is not the egg's biological father, but the elephant-bird [[MixAndMatchCritter elephant-bird]] that hatches from it doesn't seem to mind.



* InterspeciesAdoption: Well, sort of. The egg hatches an elephant-bird, and it is raised by Horton, who is an elephant.

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* InterspeciesAdoption: Well, sort of. The egg hatches an elephant-bird, [[MixAndMatchCritter elephant-bird]], and it is raised by Horton, who is an elephant.

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