Horton Hatches The Egg (1942) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

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CotD: Warner Bros. ani­mated the first adap­tion of a Dr. Suess story with their 1942 ver­sion of “Hor­ton Hatches The Egg”, the only clas­sic Warner Bros. car­toon adapted from a book.

Horton Hatches The Egg (1942) - Merrie Melodies

Hor­ton Hatches The Egg (1942) — Mer­rie Melodies

Hor­ton Hatches The Egg (1942) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Hor­ton, a faith­ful ele­phant, promises to sit on an egg for Maisie, a lazy, irre­spon­si­ble bird, while she vaca­tions: “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant– an ele­phant is faith­ful, 100 per­cent.” Much later, after stand­ing (and sit­ting) guard 100 per­cent faith­fully through rain and snow, Hor­ton and the egg are cap­tured by three hunters and put in a cir­cus. Maisie hap­pens by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that Hor­ton give it back to her.

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