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MORTON
(informs Horton about bad news, but is not facing towards him) Horton! D'oh!(turns around) There you are! We got trouble! Wait. (stutters) Do you hear that? No, I'm here. Okay, listen. No! Go! Kangaroo has gone nuts — bananas! She's telling everyone that you should be kicked out of Nool.
HORTON
She said that? I thought we were friends...
MORTON
Word is, she's gone to Vlad!
HORTON
Vlad? Vlad? I know two Vlads. Is it the bad Vlad — or the bunny Vlad that makes the cookies?
MORTON
(sarcastic) Yeah, Horton. She's sending you a bunny with cookies. I think we can assume it's the bad Vlad!
HORTON
Yeah, that's a good call.
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HORTON
(right below Mount Nool, with only a wide valley seperating him from it and the end of his journey. Suddenly, he hears rumbling, then sees Morton running towards him, over the lip of the chasm.) Morton, I told you! one hundred percent!
MORTON
Horton!
HORTON
Morton, pick up your feet! Jeez!
MORTON
(running as fast as he can) It's not me!
HORTON
(Then Horton sees the citizens of the jungle of Nool come over the lip.) Oh, I see. It's an angry mob. Sorry, Morton. I thought it was you, it's making all the.. but it's... Oh, darn! (realizes what he's saying)
MORTON
Run, Horton! (Then is swallowed up by the mob)
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MORTON
Horton, the kangaroo has sent Vlad!
HORTON
Vlad? Vlad, Vlad... I know two Vlads. There's the bad Vlad... And then there's bunny Vlad, the one that makes cookies!
MORTON
...Yeah, Horton, she's sending you a bunny with cookies. I think it's safe to say it's the bad Vlad.
HORTON
Yeah, good call.
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HORTON
[thanking people] And Morton, for being the only one who stood by me. Well not right by me; he hid in the bushes sending me good thoughts. He's small.
MORTON
Dude, you are a warrior poet.
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HORTON
There's a tiny person on that speck that needs my help!
KANGAROO
Absurd! There aren't people that small!
HORTON
Well, maybe they aren't small, maybe we're big.
KANGAROO
Horton...
HORTON
No, Really. Think about it. What if there were someone way out there, looking down on our world right now, and to them, we're the specks...
RUDY
(Kangaroo is storming out to confront Horton) M-Mom, please, you're so weird, don't do this to me.
KANGAROO
Honey, go to your room. (pushes Rudy into her pouch)
MAYOR
(after Horton asked if there was someone else there) Well, that's my wife, and kids.
HORTON
You have a family. (in amazement, and maybe a little envy)
THE MAYOR OF WHO-VILLE
I do indeed. (opens his wallet to show all his family) A beautiful wife, 96 daughters (tons of photos unfurl, ending on the ground in JoJo's picture) and 1 son. (he sounds a little down when he says "And one son")
HORTON
(laughing) HoHoHoHo! Busy guy.
MORTON
(informs Horton about bad news, but is not facing towards him) Horton! D'oh!(turns around) There you are! We got trouble! Wait. (stutters) Do you hear that? No, I'm here. Okay, listen. No! Go! Kangaroo has gone nuts — bananas! She's telling everyone that you should be kicked out of Nool.
HORTON
She said that? I thought we were friends...
MORTON
Word is, she's gone to Vlad!
HORTON
Vlad? Vlad? I know two Vlads. Is it the bad Vlad — or the bunny Vlad that makes the cookies?
MORTON
(sarcastic) Yeah, Horton. She's sending you a bunny with cookies. I think we can assume it's the bad Vlad!
HORTON
Yeah, that's a good call.
VLAD
(he's chased Horton to the edge of a tree) Chess mate. Time to take clover and crush all the little people on it. (Meanwhile, everything on Whoville is shifting in the direction of Horton)
HORTON
(realizes he's a few feet from the ground) Sorry, this is where we get off. (lets go of the tree, sending it smack into Vlad, who is sent flying)
HORTON
(Recomposed) Cool line. Usually I can't think of that stuff until later.
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KANGAROO
(emerges into a clearing where several animals are milling around, including Horton's students) What is happening to the Jungle of Nool?! There once was a time when people were people and specks were specks. (A giraffe-like animal nods agreement) Well, I say if you can't see it, hear it, or feel it, it DOESN'T EXIST!! Our way of life is under attack! And who's leading that attack? Horton! (Everyone gasps)
MORTON
(runs into the clearing) Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. This is Horton we're talking about, you all know him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Except for that fly city he sat on, but he didn't to that on purpose. (For a moment, it seems the animals have reconsidered)
KANGAROO
(With an angry glare) Shut up, mouse.
MORTON
(laughs uneasily) That's weird. My, uh brownies are burning, I gotta go. (Realizes he cannot stand up to Kangaroo, and so rushes off to warn Horton)
KANGAROO
(smirks) Are we going to let troublemakers like Horton poison the minds of our children?!(holds up her son, who is not amused.)
YUMMO THE WIKERSHAM
Not the children! (Then all the wikershams enter the clearing which is now filled with animals)
KANGAROO
When Horton tells the children about worlds beyond the jungle, he makes them question authority! Which leads to defiance, Which leads to anarchy!!
WIKERSHAM
Yeah! Horton must pay!
DEER MOTHER
It's that speck!
TOMMY'S PARENT
We have to do something!
YUMMO WICKERSHAM
For the children!
KANGAROO
(Has everyone on a roll, while one of Horton's students hides from view, not liking what he hears at all, but too scared and powerless to stop it) Are we going to let him get away with this?!
EVERY ANIMAL
NOOOO! (They then rush off in the direction Horton is)
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MORTON
Just this once, be faithful 99 percent of the time! I mean, I've never gone 99 percent on anything, and I think I'm awesome.
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KANGAROO
(emerges into a clearing where several animals are milling around, including Horton's students) What is happening to the Jungle of Nool?! There once was a time when people were people and specks were specks. (A giraffe-like animal nods agreement) Well, I say if you can't see it, hear it, or feel it, it DOESN'T EXIST!! Our way of life is under attack! And who's leading that attack? Horton! (Everyone gasps)
MORTON
(runs into the clearing) Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. This is Horton we're talking about, you all know him. He wouldn't hurt a fly. Except for that fly city he sat on, but he didn't to that on purpose. (For a moment, it seems the animals have reconsidered)
KANGAROO
(With an angry glare) Shut up, mouse.
MORTON
(laughs uneasily) That's weird. My, uh brownies are burning, I gotta go. (Realizes he cannot stand up to Kangaroo, and so rushes off to warn Horton)
KANGAROO
(smirks) Are we going to let troublemakers like Horton poison the minds of our children?!(holds up her son, who is not amused.)
YUMMO THE WIKERSHAM
Not the children! (Then all the wikershams enter the clearing which is now filled with animals)
KANGAROO
When Horton tells the children about worlds beyond the jungle, he makes them question authority! Which leads to defiance, Which leads to anarchy!!
WIKERSHAM
Yeah! Horton must pay!
DEER MOTHER
It's that speck!
TOMMY'S PARENT
We have to do something!
YUMMO WICKERSHAM
For the children!
KANGAROO
(Has everyone on a roll, while one of Horton's students hides from view, not liking what he hears at all, but too scared and powerless to stop it) Are we going to let him get away with this?!
EVERY ANIMAL
NOOOO! (They then rush off in the direction Horton is)
HORTON
(right below Mount Nool, with only a wide valley seperating him from it and the end of his journey. Suddenly, he hears rumbling, then sees Morton running towards him, over the lip of the chasm.) Morton, I told you! one hundred percent!
MORTON
Horton!
HORTON
Morton, pick up your feet! Jeez!
MORTON
(running as fast as he can) It's not me!
HORTON
(Then Horton sees the citizens of the jungle of Nool come over the lip.) Oh, I see. It's an angry mob. Sorry, Morton. I thought it was you, it's making all the.. but it's... Oh, darn! (realizes what he's saying)
MORTON
Run, Horton! (Then is swallowed up by the mob)
HORTON
(trying to lighten his situation) Hey fellas. Good to see you, all at once. You look really great, as a horde.
KANGAROO
Horton, Horton, Horton, look at the mess you've created for yourself. All this hullabaloo over a silly little flower.
HORTON
(defensively) It's a speck!
KANGAROO
(Sarcastic) Right. I mean, it's silly, really... all this talk of roping you and caging you, (in a dark tone) and we won't need to get into the details. The point is this angry mob, all the trouble you're in, it can all go away. (everyone looks confused at this)
HORTON
(Surprised) It can?
KANGAROO
Of course! All you have to do is admit, to everyone that THERE ARE NO LITTLE PEOPLE LIVING ON THAT SPECK! (points accusingly) That you were wrong, and I was right. You do that, and things can go right back to the way they were. But, if you don't, (sternly) you're going to have to pay the price. (The Wickershams then bring up a huge cage, which Horton winces at)
HORTON
So I just have to say it isn't true. (Kangaroo smiles darkly. Horton pauses am moment, then a look of determination comes over him) Go ahead. Rope me. Cage me. Do whatever you want, but there are people on this speck and they have a mayor, who has 96 daughters and 1 son named JoJo, who all share a bathroom, whatever that is. And even though you can't hear or see them at all, a person's a person, no matter how small. (Raises the clover, while the animals stop their angry bickering, and have looks of happiness, and hope now in their eyes. One Wickersham even stops himself from eating a bug he just picked up)
KANGAROO
(For a moment, she looks touched) That was beautiful, Horton. (The anger springs back to her eyes) Rope him! Cage him! And burn that speck in a pot of boiling beezelnut oil! (The Wickersham then shrugs, and eats the bug)
THE MAYOR OF WHO-VILLE
Can they hear us now?
HORTON
(while being roped and put in a cage) Listen, please! It's the most beautiful thing ever!
YUMMO WICKERSHAM
I don't hear nothin'!
HORTON
I don't think so. but, keep trying! I'll never give in! (begins to strain against the ropes, and it take several seconds for the Wickershams to continue their pulling) Are you sure, that every who down in Whoville is trying?
MAYOR
Hey, Joe. Don't work too hard.
JOE THE CONSTRUCTION WORKER
Ah, these luxury condos, they don't build themselves. (a huge bump flips the town, though the condo is now completed with Joe on a beach bench) Hey, look at that! I guess they do build themselves!
JESSICA'S FRIEND'S MOTHER
My, that Horton certainly is eccentric.
MRS. QUILLIGAN
And the children are learning so much from him.
KANGAROO
Learning to be a bunch of harebrained half-wits! And that's why my Rudy is pouch-schooled.
RUDY
Mom, be careful! My best friend Thidwick, lives on that!
KANGAROO
Rudy, no one lives on this. It's not possible.
MAYOR
Hey, hon? Did you ever get the feeling that you were being watched?
SALLY
Um, yeah. Sure. I suppose.
MAYOR
And then you get the feeling that that person watching you is a... a giant elephant!
SALLY
Uh—
MAYOR
And then...you know how you get the sort of feeling that your world is a speck, that the elephant (that I talked about earlier) is carrying it around on a flower, and you realize that if you told anybody they’d think you were crazy, but you still feel the responsibility to keep everyone safe! You know that feeling?
SALLY
Um...(pause) You know, I’m gonna have to say no. Do you know that feeling?
MAYOR
Pfft.. Ha-ha-ha! NO.
RUDY
Can I come out now, Mom?
KANGAROO
No, Rudy. Stay in your room. (pushes Rudy into her pouch)
RUDY
But, Mom--
KANGAROO
Stay inside! (pushes Rudy into her pouch again then walks into the cave) Mr. Vladicoff? (Vlad pounces her then stops)
VLAD
Eating, go.
KANGAROO
Yeah, I realize you're busy but I need you're help. (Vlad listens) It's Horton. He's obsessed with a clover and actually thinks there are little people on it. I want that clover destroyed!
VLAD
Sure, what a big deal it is, for you, bro.
KANGAROO
Well, I would do it , but being a lady, I prefer not to get my hands dirty. But I heard you have no problem with that.
VLAD
No. No problem. Easy-peasy. But I will only do this for a price: an exchange for a brand new pair of... No, this little kangaroo.
RUDY
Mom!
KANGAROO
Quiet, Rudy. Mommy's thinking it over. Hmmm. Well thanks, but on second thought, I'd rather have the Wickersham brothers do it.
VLAD
Yeah, well, Wickersham, they're classy operation... Wait! No! You can't go with Wickersham!
KANGAROO
No, no! The Wickershams will be perfect for the job.
VLAD
But they're monkeys! Is not scary!
KANGAROO
Well thanks. Maybe next time.
VLAD
Wait!(picks up a bone) Here's I will do to precious clover. I will take it, crush it, and I will devour it.(swallows the bone then chokes) Bigger than it look. One second.(chokes even more) Holy-Moly.(chokes even more) Wait.(spits the bone out) Then I regurgitate it, then I will devour it second time. Two times devoured.
KANGAROO
Sounds nice, but I think I'll talk to the Wickershams.
VLAD
Here is best part: I do it all gratis, that's free bro. What do you think?
KANGAROO
Deal.
VLAD
Yes! Score! You won't regret! (flies off, cackling)
JOJO
(Climbing out window, hears glasses, turns) Hmmm?
MAYOR
(carrying glasses stacked on trays, balencing them)Hey, JoJo, (lotta liquid, lotta liquid) just the person I wanted to see. You know, I realize we have not been seeing eye to eye latley, and most of it is my fault. It's true. You know what I have been trying to do? I have been trying to impose my vision of your future on you. (Sticks his foot right in JoJo's face, JoJo draws back, groaning.) Let me make this perfectly clear. JoJo, you can be WHATEVER kind of mayor you wanna be... hands-on, strong and silent, outspoken, it's up to you. (Camera through water glasses, JoJo appears to be smiling, camera lowers, he's really not, he looks rather mystified actually) Well, good. I feel so much better.
JOJO
Uhhh... (mayor takes no notice)
MAYOR
I'm expecting big things from you young man, big things! (gives JoJo a glass of water) All right, good night. Good stuff! Good talk... (leaves the room)
JOJO
(silently) Good stuff.