Horton hatches the egg is a childrens book written and illustrated by theodor geisel under the pen name dr seuss and published in 1940 by random house the book tells the story of horton the elephant who is tricked into sitting on a birds egg while its mother mayzie takes a permanent vacation to palm beach horton endures a number of hardships but persists often stating i meant what i said and i said what i meant an elephants faithful one hundred percent ultimately . Directed by robert clampett with sara berner mel blanc robert clampett frank graham horton the elephant agrees to watch over lazy maisie birds egg while she vacations much later after standing and sitting guard 100 percent faith fully through rain and snow horton and the egg are captured by three hunters and put in a circus coincidentally maisie happen to fly by just as the egg is about to hatch and demands that horton give it back to her. Horton hatches the egg is a 1942 ten minute animated short film based on the 1940 book of the same name by dr seuss and the first cartoon based on dr seuss work by leon schlesinger productions released as part of warner bros merrie melodies series. Horton hatches the egg is the first book to feature two of seusss better known characters horton the elephant and mayzie la bird it was his fifth book published in 1940 this book sold more copies than any he had written thus far the story focuses on the benefits of diligence and consequences of shirking work the virtues represented by horton and
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