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Horton the Elephant is the kind-hearted elephant character is the main protagonist of the 1940 book, Horton Hatches the Egg and its 1950 sequel Horton Hears a Who!. He also appears in Seussical the Musical, and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Horton is the leader of the Jungle of Nool characters in Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories. He is also the deuteragonist of the special.


Horton is a gray (presumably Indian) elephant with blue eyes. His ears sprout like wings.


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 story line of the musical is centered around him. 

He is also known as hopeful, observant, relaxed, trustworthy, outgoing, nice, thoughtful, helpful, encouraging, extroverted, loving, efficient, playful, hard-working, altruistic, nurturing and tidy.

He is also a father to an elephant bird by the name Morton.

Book Appearances