Saturday, March 29, 2008

Luther Hears a Who?

So--my daughter and I went to see Horton Hears a Who tonight. Since my brain was still partially in sermon writing mode, it struck me that the character of Horton the Elephant bears more than a passing resemblance to Martin Luther. In spite of fierce pressure to "recant" his belief that there are small people on the dust speck, he boldly proclaims, "Here I stand. I can do no other!"

Think I'm losing it??

Well, an archived Village Voice article notes that:

Theodor Seuss Geisel was the son of a respectable Massachusetts German Lutheran family. . .

Crazy like a fox.


Presbyterian Gal said...

That is so cool.

SpookyRach said...

That IS cool.

But it reminds me of those looong drives home after seeing movies like Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back.

Sermon-writing mode, indeed.

SpiritMists said...

Now I'm not sure whether to go see the movie or stay away....the similarities are a little uncanny!

ellbee said...

Oddly, the little curls by his ears look a bit like Horton's ears... hmmmm

I spent about half the movie thinking about theological implications of the story, from faith to community, etc. A couple days later the FPK says something about how Horton and the kids had more faith than the grown-ups - Just like Jesus said. There ya go.

Becky Ardell Downs said...

I did a series a few years back on the theology of Dr. seuss, mostly using "Seussical the Musical" for a place to start discussion-- lots of stuff about Spirit, creativity, faithfulness, temptation, even resurrection I think. . . it was a blast. But I never thought of the Luther connection! Very good!