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Horton the Elephant
First appearance Horton Hatches the Egg
Voiced by

Kent Rogers
Hans Conried
John Kennedy
Corey Burton
Roger L. Jackson
Jim Carrey

Species Elephant
Gender Male
Family Morton the Elephant Bird (son), Uncle Norton

Horton the Elephant is the kindhearted elephant character who first appeared in the 1940 book, Horton Hatches the Egg. He also appears in Horton Hears A Who!


Horton is a gray (presumably Indian) elephant with blue eyes. 

  • His ears sprout like wings.
  • He has a tuft of black hair on the top of his head.
  • He has a round body 


In each of Horton's book appearances he endures a good amount of ridicule, for believing in something that no one else does. In 1942, Horton the Elephant appeared in Horton Hatches the Egg.

Horton never loses faith though, even after being roped and caged he continually insisted that the Whos existed, which they did. In The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, he was performed by John Kennedy.

Horton is also one of the main characters of Seussical, played by Kevin Chamberlin, combining his roles in Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who. The basic storyline of the musical is centered around him. 

Videos with Horton

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