Performer: Steve Carell
Appeared in: Horton Hears a Who!

Ned McDodd is the Mayor of Whoville and is the father of 96 daughters and 1 son. It wasn't until the movie's release that his full name was revealed, and even then he is usually addressed as his title, only being called McDodd once by the narrator's introduction of him ("was devoted, fair, and a little bit odd"), and a few times as Ned by his wife, Sally.

He is voiced by comedian Steve Carell.


Ned McDodd has the Town Council waiting for him to screw up, 97 mouths to feed, and a son who hasn't spoken in years. Throw in a disembodied voice telling him his world is on the verge of apocalypse and the result is one stressed-out guy. Through it all, the Mayor is still the most dedicated father, husband, friend and civil servant in Who-ville. The pressure though is enough to make the Mayor take a swing at the Council Chairman. Well, not in real life, because that would be crazy. But the Chairman's portrait? It better watch out.


The Mayor wears a blue coat complete with tie and mayoral crest, as well as having brown hair and fur and blue eyes.

Book Appearance

The Mayor in How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Ned was at some point replaced in mayorship by Augustus Maywho. The two mayors are not the same character.



  • This mayor is highly different from the one seen in the How the Grinch Stole Christmas film. Mostly because they are two different people.
  • He has an unfortunate tendency to get a staple in his forehead. The resulting yell of pain is loud enough enough to breach Whoville's protective barrier.
  • Dr. Hoovey is his television special counterpart.