Conrad and Sally Walden (Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning) are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside, and there is nothing to do. Until The Cat in the Hat ('Mike Myers') walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination, and at first it's all fun and games, until things get out of hand, and The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back. Written by
Audrey Giesel, Dr. Sues's widow, was furious after she saw the film. As retaliation, she legally forbade Hollywood from producing anymore live action adaptations of Dr. Seuss stories, which effectively forced Universal from producing a live action of The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, and hence the reason why all films based on Dr. Seuss stories released after this film have been animated. See more »
When Conrad, Sally and the Cat pull up to the house before their mother, the Cat can be seen in the S.L.O.W., but when the kids exit and run to the house the Cat disappears. See more »
There are gajillions of stories of mischief and fun, but to keep things simple, let's start with just one. About a mom and two kids and a house and a hat - that, oddly enough, was worn by a cat. But soon enough we will get to all that.
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When the Cat and Things are walking down the street at the end of the movie, the credits scroll while the camera pans up to the evening sky, and when it turns into nighttime, the pink clouds, crescent moon, and stars are animated in the style of Seuss's artwork. Twenty seconds of the credits are like this, then the rest of the end credits scroll against a regular black background. See more »
Children's movies of late are an interesting lot. They try to have kid appeal with non threatening plot and humor while trying to sneak in enough for adults to keep their attention while being dragged to the multiplex. Some of that type of humor is really clever and not so offensive that sharper kids who spot them won't be offended.
There is, however, a difference between smart humor and downright crude, vile humor. "The Cat in the Hat" falls in the latter category. This film is the most vicious sick form of kid's entertainment I've seen in years. I would have not watched if it weren't for the fact that it was playing at kid's pizza place that I was attending with a child at the time.
There are a number of scenes where the children just stare at the cat pulling off one crude gag after another. Bodily function humor abound, I'd have the same reaction. Then there are SO many other scenes that have coarse adult humor. No, it isn't sly innuendo, it's sick. The sad part is, it's not even funny. I watch a slew of animated films and if it's smart adult humor that goes over the head of the little ones, that's fine. But this is sick.
The plot is similar to the book. Seuss's words in the book are magical. The plot and message are simple. The kids fall prey to mischief - how do they clean up before mom gets home. How that gets screwed up is beyond me, but this film does it. Innocent mischief, this isn't.
While we're on the subject of inappropriate adult humor, let me point out that this film FEATURES PRODUCT PLACEMENT FOR AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE. Sickened yet? Try Mike Myer's insipid performance of the title character. This is vile and a miserable excuse for children's entertainment.
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